John Gosselink

Lake Conroe Fishing Report - Lake Conditions: The Lake level is at 199.83 or just a little more than 1 foot down. The water temperature continues in the low to mid 50's depending on what area of the lake you are fishing and the water is clear in most areas of the lake. There has been very little rain; but, the Lake is holding its level very good. The weather continues to present some challenging days with lots of wind and colder temperature. The wind will switch directions several times during any give day and the fronts continue to roll in with the baramoter jumping all over the place. Black bass fishing continues to be great, crappie fishing slowed way down for most fishermen, catfish fishing continues to be good but a lot slower this week than in the past few weeks. Shallow water around the docks and in deep water on baited holes both are producing good solid fish, just not as many. Jug Line fishing has produced some real nice blues. Terry and Craig Zorn and Jackie Hearn and pictured with six nice blues ranging from 20 to 40 pounds. Guide Tex Bonin was at April Plaza Marina when they brought the fish in after their Jug Line trip and took this picture. They ran their Jug Lines in 30 to 40 feet of water. Still not much activity with the hybrids and white bass.

Black Bass.

Black Bass fishing continues to be good; but, the big fish have moved out of the shallow water to water 16 -20 feet over structure. There are still lots of 16 to 18 inch fish in and around boat dock that have 3 to 5 feet of water and in the creeks where there is stick-ups on the shoreline or on humps and sandbars in the creeks with some timber. Spinner baits and small crankbaits seem to be taking the most fish. Bass fishing on Lake Conroe continues to improve and the Lake is becoming one of the best bass fishing lakes in Texas. Texas Parks And Wildlife has stocked over 1,000,000 Florida Largemouth Bass in Lake Conroe in the past two years. Rick Bearden II boated a 15.91 lb black bass to establish and new lake record for Lake Conroe on Friday, January 30, 2009. Click here for full story There have been lots of fishermen on the Lake this past week and most fishermen are finding good solid fish ealry and late. The Solunar Tables have indicated better fishing early and late.

BBT and Papas on the Lake have partnered to bring the 12th Annual Big Bass Classic on Lake Conroe to be helpd on February 28th and March 1st.

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The 'April Plaza Thursday Evening Tournament' will kick off a new season on Thursday, April 9th, 2009. The tournament schedule was disrupted due to the hurricane; but, the marina is back up and running and the tournament will kick off as scheduled. If you have never fished the tournament and want to get more information give Wayne Whitehead or Billy Mills a call at 936-588-1118 for more information.


Catfish fishing just continues to be outstanding. Baited holes in 15 to 20 continue to produce good fish. Finding a good spot out of the wind is a real challenge with these fronts continueing to move through every three or four days. Cheese baits, punch baits, shrimp and cut shad have all been good. Good solid fish to 5 pounds are being caught both in the docks and in baited holes. Jug Line fishing for those willing to get out has been outstanding in 30 to 40 feet of water. Fishing shallow water in and around the boat docks using the new Magic Bait Company 'Stick!It' for bait continues to produce good fish. Walter Stearns is pictured with his biggest fish caught on 01/24/09. He and a friend had 35 catfish in an afternoon of fishing. Walter is a 100% Premo fisherman. His friend used Stick!It and also had a good day. Baiting holes almost anywhere on the Lake will result in good numbers of catfish coming to the bait and staying if you bait on a regular basis. With the winds, it is a good idea to find a place out of the wind where you can keep you boat on an anchor or tied to some sort of structure.

White Bass and Hybrid/Striped Bass

The Hybrid fishing has been slow. Not many fishermen fishing for them with all the weather changes. Some of the hybrids have been caught trolling a pet spoon behind a deep diving crank bait or JetDiver to get the spoon down on the edge of flats where there is deep water (22-30 feet). There has also been some big white bass caught up the river on rattle traps near the First Jungle. The fish are still in deeper water following the big pods of shad. You need to locate the fish with your electronics in 20 to 30 feet of water near a hump or big drop off. The birds are starting to show up on the Lake which indicates it shouldn't be long before we can follow the birds for schooling White Bass and Hybrid Bass.

Bream & Crappie

There has been a lot of fishermen over the years that pay very close attention to the Solunar Times when fishing. Many swear by them, others think it is just so much hoop la. The fact is, some fish and most wildlife are very sensitive to the moon position in relationship to the earth. We have a page that is dedicated to providing information concerning the periods of activity of fish each day. See Solunar Tables

Crappie fishing has also had its ups and downs the past couple of week. The wind has been a problem on some days; but, we have also had some real calm days. With the water temperature on the surface staying in the mid 50's, the crappie continue to move deeper. Most of the fish are being caught in 25-30 feet of water just a crank or two off the bottom. 1/16 oz crappie jigs with chartreuse grubs have been a very popular bait. Minnows are always the favorite of many fishermen.

Bream fishing has not been good at all. They seem to have gone deeper in the brush and have been very hard to intise to bite. Most of the bream are in the brush with the Crappie. Glow-Worms (Green Nightcrawlers) have been paying off for several of the guides. Some pretty big bream are being caught by crappie fishermen using crappie jigs. We now have some really big bream in Lake Conroe. Many fishermen chum with range cubes to attract and hold the bream. You will also catch a real nice bream when jigging for crappie every now and then.

Keep A Tight Line & Enjoy

Papa John

Fish Species: Black Bass, Hybrids, Catfhish, Crappie
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John Gosselink

About The Author: Captain John Gosselink

Company: Papa John Lake Conroe Guide Service

Area Reporting: Lake Conroe

Bio: Fishing Lake Conroe for over 25 years. Love to take individuals, familes and kids are always fun. We fish for catfish, hybrid/striper bass, white bass, crappie and black bass from a very comfortable pontoon boat.

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