Lake Conroe fishing is fair and picks up as the lake settles and the water begins to cool. The water temperature at the dam early this morning has been around 67 degrees and will warm up a bit when the sun comes out. The level is 198.46 feet. The City of Houston Diversion (COH) is 0 CFS, the Ground Reduction Plan (GRP) is 14.53 CFS and the lake release is 0 CFS according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass fishing is fair but picking up. According to fishing guide Capt. Bryan Brawner, he has caught some good bass in brush where the water is 9 to 15 feet above the top of the brush. He has been using crankbaits that are about 15 feet deep.
Crappies are still slow but are picking up according to Brawner. Some can be found in brush and other structure in water 9 to 15 feet deep. He said that we don’t have the large amounts of crap like in the past, but that they are slowly coming back. You can catch 3 or 4 in one place and then have to move on to the next. Minnows and Star crappie jigs are the best bait right now. Brawner said if the machines don’t work, try the fish.
Hybrid stripers are starting to school some according to Brawner. He said he found hybrid striped bass on flats off the main lake points near drop-offs. He has had the best success around flats from 8 feet deep to 20 feet. He said he has been using Pocket Spoons from MT Tackle. Brawner also stated that some he has caught have been under the minimum keeper length of 18 inches.
Stow-A-Way Sunday Tournament 11/13/22
1. Ty Russell – 4 fish weighing 16.46 lbs
2. Brown and brown – 5 fish weighing 16.21 pounds
3. Garrett Pierce and David Hall – 5 fish weighing 15.62 pounds
1. Ty Russell – 6.31 lbs
White bass are sometimes randomly mixed with hybrids. It’s important not to confuse juvenile hybrids with white bass, so if you catch one under 18 inches and aren’t sure which it is, throw it back.
Catfish are good in baited areas and also on the 9- to 14-foot minnow on top of brush piles. Brawner said there are many channel catfish in the 2- to 3-pound range and some up to 5 pounds. Brawner said he was catching them with fish in the brush. In baited holes, stink bait or chicken liver work well.
Sea bream are good. The biggest bream are in brush and rocks. They can be caught on mealworms, nightcrawlers or small jiggers like the Bass Assassins small sheet. In the trash, larger bream are also biting fish.