John Gosselink

Lake Conroe Fishing Report - June 28, 2008

Lake Conroe Fishing Report - Lake Conditions The Lake is slightly below pool at 200.00 feet. Evaporation is starting to drop the level of the lake a little bit each day. The water is clear and the surface temperature keeps going up and is now 85 degrees plus on the main lake. Black bass fishing continues to be good with the bigger fish moving to deeper water and out of the warming shallow water. Large fish are still being caught; but, the numbers of fish in the tournaments has decreased. Hybrid fishing has been great in deeper water. Live bait has continued to produced the most fish. There hasn't been a lot of schooling action; however, watching for the shad jumping out of the water. This is the hot tip. White Bass fishing improved the past week. Crappie fishing has been fair. Lots of undersized fish on the brush piles. Big Bream fishing continues to be great with lots of palm size bream being caught in 6 to 10 feet of water in and around rocks. Catfish fishing has been outstanding with lots of 2 1/2 to 4 pound fish being caught in boat docks in he shade in 3 to 4 feet of water. The 1097 Bridge has also started producing good fish.

Black Bass

Bass fishing continues to be remarkable. The quality and quantity of bass on Lake Conroe has just been outstanding. More and more of the fish are being caught on brush piles in 8 to 15 feet of water and on structure in the same depths near deeper water. The total numbers of fish in the tournaments has decreased; but, still 10 plus pound fish are being weighed in. The bigger fish have moved back into deeper water on drop-off's and in brush piles and other submurged structure. Deep diving crankbaits and Carolina Rigger worms around pond dams and brush piles have been producing some of the larger fish midday. Worms in pumpkin seed and watermelon are producing good solid fish. Lizard also have been a good bait. The 'Thursday Night Tournament' hosted by April Plaza Marina has been consistently reporting good catches. The tournament is from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. each Thursday from April through August. All entry money except $5 per week per fisherman is paid back to the fishermen. The $5 withheld is used in the Lake Conroe restocking program.


Catfish fishing continues to just be outstanding. See our photo page for recent catches of catfish. The big surprise this year is that we continue to find lots of catfish in the shallow water in the shade. Many fishermen are still fishing the boat docks and bulkheads where there is shade long after the shad quit coming in early and late. Most of the guides are using King Kat Fish Bait (Premo)., shrimp dipped in Premo, Glo Worms and punch bait. We are testing a new punch bait for Magic Bait Company. It has been remarkable. It is going to be called 'Stick It'. You can cast the bait while fishing the bulkheads and docks and several limits of catfish have been caught this past week using several varieties of the 'test bait'. One of the real advantages with this new bait is that you can fish close to home. For those that live on the Lake or have boats in storage facilities on the Lake, baited holes near home are getting to be the hot tip with the price of gas. We will keep you posted as to when and where you can buy this new bait. You are going to love it if you fish for catfish on a regular basis. The guides have all been finding catfish on baited holes in 15 to 20 feet of water. Baited holes after chumming with range cubes and soured deer corn always produces nice catfish. When fishing bulkheads and docks, try and find an area near a point or secondary point where the wind is blowing into the dock and creating an eddy on the backside of the boat dock. You will just about always find three of four catfish in these eddies. Other baits include cut shad, cheese baits, nightcrawlers and liver. We have one of the best catfish fishing lakes in Texas.

White Bass and Hybrid/Striped Bass

The Hybrid fishing has been great out on the open water over humps and drop-off's near the River. The guides are finding hybrids early using live shad and fresh shad under a cork. The hybrids have been on humps in 18 -21 feet most of the day. Late afternoon fishing in deeper water where you can see the hybrids chasing huge shad and been the hot tip. You can cast Storm Swim Shad in the areas you see the shad jumping. Trolling Jet Divers with a #13 Pet Spoon as a trailer continues to catch hybrids once they are located. Be sure the Pet Spoon is at least 4 feet behind the Jet Diver and further if you can slow your troll down. The fish are suspended over humps in 35 feet of water. White Bass fishing has picked up using inline spinner bait behind a jet diver trolling. Jigging spoons & slabs along all the creek beds on the drop-offs in 20 to 24 feet of water has been also produced some white bass. Several fishermen have gone back to using leadcore line and a countdown Rapala in shad color or the blue color to catch the hybrids trolling in deeper water. The large schools of hybrids are gathering at the mouth of the creeks, in deep spots along the river close to humps and are staying in the deeper parts of the creek off secondary points. The key is finding the fish is with your electronics. Using the inline spinner bait also catches hybrids, catfish, bream, black bass and even a crappie every now and them. Trolling with the inline spinner bait makes for an easy day with younger fishermen in your boat and it is fun for all. Never quite sure what you might catch. The only disadvantage is the smaller hook makes it pretty easy for the hybrids to get off the hook.

Bream & Crappie

Crappie fishing reports have not been as good this week. Crappie fishing over all has been real slow the past couple of weeks. Lots of small undersized fish on the brush piles. Bream fishing continues to be outstanding with lots of good sized fish in 5 to 12 feet of water. Glow-Worms (Green Nightcrawlers) have been paying off for several of the guides. These worms have a milkey green discharge when they hit the water which seems to attract the bream very quickly. Not sure why; but, they sure work on both bream and catfish. Ask Tex!!! Light tackle provides a action packed adventure when bream fishing. Bream are being caught along the bulkheads as well as in deeper water when chumming for catfish. We now have some really big bream in Lake Conroe. Many fishermen chum with range cubes to attract and hold the bream. Only problem, this has also been attracting the grass carp. The grass carp are biting night crawlers and put up a real fight when caught. These fish must be released unharmed back into the Lake. Meal Worms and regular nightcrawlers are also a good bet. Several buckets of hand sized bream were caught this week using crickets. Don't forget to check the Academy Weekly Ad for real saving on all your fishing, sports and outdoor gear.

Keep A Tight Line & Enjoy!

Papa John

Fish Species: Bass, Hybrids, Catfish, Bream
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Water Depth: 12-20 feet
Water Temperature: 85 degrees
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Texas Guide Service - Tex Bonin
Texas Guide Service - Tex Bonin

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WetHook Guide Service-Carl Bostic

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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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