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  Lake Conroe, Texas
Fishing Lake Conroe
Information provided by the Texas Department of Wildlife

Largmouth Bass are the most sought after species in Lake Conroe, though they are not the most abundant. While angler catch rates are marginal, the opportunity to catch a trophy bass is very good at Lake Conroe. In 1998, the biggest largemouth bass ever collected by TPWD in an electrofishing survey was taken from beneath a boat dock and weighed in at 14.1 pounds. The standing lake record caught in 1997 by Willis angler Bill Boyett weighed 14.91 pounds.

The more abundant channel catfish and bluegill are also highly sought after by anglers. Channel catfish are by far the most abundant sportfish in the lake, offering most any angler a good opportunity for good catches. Bluegill on Lake Conroe grow to enormous sizes. We have interviewed anglers with 12-inch bluegills in their creels. White crappie and black crappie are also very popular and offer good opportunity for anglers seeking table fare. White crappie have made a comeback in the lake with the efforts of the Lake Conroe Restocking Association's spring stockings of advance juvenile crappie. Crappie over two pounds are fairly common occurrences now. The introduction of hybrid striped bass in 1995 has added another dimension to the sport fishery at Lake Conroe, offering open-water opportunities for anglers who enjoy trolling or vertical jigging spoons for these hefty fighters.

Lake Conroe is dominated by open water in the lower two-thirds of the reservoir, with some standing timber still present along the river channel in the upper reaches. Most of the standing timber is slightly submerged when the lake is at conservation pool, making navigation hazardous in these areas. The shoreline is predominantly composed of bulkheads with boat docks in the lower reservoir; the upper reservoir (the portion lying within the Sam Houston National Forest) is primarily featureless shoreline. Substrates range from sandy to silty. A few aquatic plants dot shoreline areas, primarily in areas being planted with native aquatic plants by TPWD and the US Army Corps of Engineers as part of an ongoing Aquatic Habitat Enhancement Initiative. The lake has had past heavy infestations of hydrilla, but no vegetation is currently present in quantities that would be considered a nuisance. The only fish- attracting structures in the reservoir are rip rap along bridge approaches and the dam, as well as submersed Christmas tree reefs.

Largemouth bass anglers can expect to take bass in shallow water, particularly around marinas and boat docks, during the early spring and mid- to late fall. During most of the remaining seasons, bass are taken around deeper cover. Anglers are most successful with a variety of shad imitation lures as well as soft plastic baits. Hybrid striped bass are growing in popularity among Lake Conroe anglers and can be taken most any time of year. Most fish are taken by anglers trolling in open water areas or vertically jigging spoons or live shad. They can occasionally be found running up the river channel during the early spring spawning run or foraging beneath schools of white bass in summer.

Channel catfish are caught year-round in good numbers on Lake Conroe. Most successful anglers use smelly baits or cut shad. Rod-and-reel anglers do just about as well as trotline anglers on the reservoir. Bluegills of gigantic proportions can be had by the angler who wants to be patient and target them. They can be caught along rip rap fishing deep near the toe of the slope (sometimes 8 feet or more). Baits must be gotten near the bottom quickly to avoid the small bait-stealers that inhabit the shallower water. Live worms or crickets are the best producers. Some good fly rod action can also be had using sinking, insect imitation flies and sinking fly line.

The US Forest Service operates boat launches at Stubblefield Lake, Cagle Recreation Area, and Scott's Ridge. Stubblefield Lake also has a fully developed campground. Facility use fees apply; for more information, call the district ranger's office at (936) 344-6205. A free public ramp can be found on the east side of Lake Conroe at the end of FM 830. Numerous commercial marinas provide public access for a fee.

Location: West Fork of San Jacinto River in Montgomery and Walker Counties, Conroe, Texas

Size: 21,000 acres at conservation pool level

Maximum Depth:

Date Impounded: 1973

Normal Water Clarity: Slight to moderate algal staining

Water Level Fluctuation: 1-3 ft.

Conservation Pool Elevation: 201 ft. msl
Current Water Levels

Aquatic Vegetation: Low density

Lake Records: Click Here

Predominant Fish Species:
Largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid striped bass, channel catfish, white bass


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