April 2023: Lake Conroe Fishing Report
Black Bass: Many of the bass have finished the spawn, but not all. The late spawners seem to me, to be sometimes a little more aggressive when they hit lures. Rattletraps, spinner baits and plastic worms are all good lure choices at this time fished in the backs of creeks and coves in 2’-6’ depths. Boat docks and stumps, rock structures and many of the grass beds are the types of cover that bass can be found.
Crappie: Most of the crappie will have moved out to deeper water and can be caught around key areas such as bridge pilings, timber and brush piles in 12’-20’ depths. Jigs and minnows are your best baits during this time.
White Bass & Hybrid Striped Bass: These fish can be found on most of the main lake humps and points south of the 1097 Bridge in 15’-30’ depths. Trolling small pet spoons or jigging slab spoons near the bottom are good patterns to use in catching these fish. Also, using live shad or minnows can be very effective at times. White bass are starting to show up a bit more, so be sure to know how to tell the difference between the two.
Catfish: There are two ways of catching cats at this time of year. One is by baiting up areas along the river or creek channel with milo or range cubes and fish along the bottom with either dip baits or shrimp. The other way is to use shad or minnows under a cork and fished along bulkheads. They move shallow during this time of year feeding on the shad that are spawning. This type of fishing is best during the early morning hours.