Focus on Lake Conroe
Lake Conditions: The surface temperature of the water is warming fast at 88 plus degrees. The Lake is at 198.44, down about 2 1/2 feet with 201 being pool. The summer patterns are here to stay.
Black Bass: The fish are still in the shallows feeding around boat docks, rocks, marinas early. The fish back off by mid-day to deeper water 12 -25 feet. Lots of the fish are being caught in brush piles and natural structure deep. Texas rigged worms in Watermelon Red, Watermelon Purple and Pumpkin Seed have been productive baits. Small shallow diving crank baits in Tennessee Shad and chartreuse are getting the best bite for most fishermen.
The winds have been a factor the past couple of week, especially the afternoon bite. The wind will blow the bait to points and bulkheads.
Catfish: Guide Tex Bonin reports catching good stringers of 2 – 5 pound fish with some up to 8 pounds working baited holes using range cubes and sour mash for chum. Phillip James has been catching nice catfish on baited holes and main lake humps in 20-33 feet of water. Favorite baits are StickIt and chicken liver. He is also fishing boat docks where there is shade in the heat of the day. The 1097 Bridge has picked back up for catfish.
Crappie: The crappie bite has slowed again everywhere this past week. Fair catches have come from marinas, brush on the edges of creeks 15 -20 feet, and on the Old Railroad Tram. The 1097 Bridge has picked up some with the early bite and after dark bite with lanterns.
Hybrids: Good hybrid catches have been coming from the south end of the lake. The fish have moved to deeper water humps in 25-30 feet of water surrounded by deep water to 40 feet.
Bream: Lots of huge bream are being caught fishing with jigs and minnows for crappie. Papa John of Lake Conroe fishing reports says many serious bream fishermen will take a fish basket and fill it half way with range cubes. As the range cubes dissolve, they shake the basket. This will draw the bream.