Fishing on Lake Conroe has been fair to good for this time of year. The water is a bit muddy with the run off from the rain and the water temperature at the dam has been running 77.40 degrees early in the morning and warms up as the day progresses. The level is 199.14 feet and no water is being released. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.
Black bass fishing is showing improvement. In the tournament last weekend it took a two day total of over 30 plus pounds to take the first place. Crank baits around the boat docks are working well as our Carolina rigged, watermelon red, soft plastics around shady docks, brush piles, and riprap are all good lures at this time.
Catfish are good and can be found on baited holes along the creek channels, the dump, and points in 18-25 feet of water. Fishing guides Phillip James said chicken liver is working well on baited holes. James’ recent parties caught their limit in 3-4 hours. The catfish caught now are running from 2 to 3 ½ pounds.
Crappie are still hard to come by. A few are on the brush at a depth of 8 to 16 feet. The best bait seems to be minnows although jigs will work for anglers who are proficient with them. He also said you may find a few one day and strike out the next day.
Hybrid Stripers (Palmetto bass) are occasionally biting on chicken livers down with the catfish on the baited holes. Others tell me that trolling, jigging spoons, or fishing live shad also can produce fair results if you stay with it once you find them.
Bream are once again biting and meal worms or night crawlers are the best bait. Large hand size bream are being caught on the rocks and around the dam and bridges.
The information for this fishing report has been made available by fishing guide Phillip James, working out of Seven Coves Marina. Phillip has been a freshwater fishing guide for over 30 years. For information about his services go to www.phillipsguideservice.com or call 903-724-8291.