Lake Conroe covers some 21,000 acres. Its maximum depth extends some 75 feet down. It is known for its cleanness and clarity, making for some of the best fishing around. A number of fish species make Lake Conroe their home, but the most sought after fish of Lake Conroe anglers is the sometimes elusive largemouth bass. Other prevalent fish species in the lake include the bluegill, channel catfish as well as both white and hybrid striped bass.
Before setting off on your fishing excursion to Lake Conroe, you should make sure to check out the fishing regulations for the lake. For the most part fishing on Lake Conroe follows the basic statewide regulations that are in effect throughout Texas. An important exception has to do with the lake's most popular fish, the largemouth bass. There is a 16 inch minimum length requirement for the fish. Also there is a Triploid Grass Carp Permit in effect; if you catch a grass carp you must immediately toss it back.
Although the largemouth bass is the most sought after fish on Lake Conroe, it is not the most prevalent. While fishing conditions are good for the largemouth bass, best fishing on the lake is for the channel catfish and the bluegill. The channel catfish is by far the most prevalent sportfish on the lake.
For the most part you will find navigation of Lake Conroe quite easy. It is a mostly clear lake, although there is still some standing timber in the upper reaches that can become submerged depending on lake levels. If you're not careful in the northern park of the lake you might find yourself running into something you weren't expecting.
The best time of year for catching the largemouth bass at Lake Conroe comes in the early spring and the late fall. You'll find that the bass like best the shallower parts of the lake, particularly around the docks and marinas. During the heat of summer and cold of winter the bass takes for even deeper cover, which can make them more difficult to catch. Fishing goes on on Lake Conroe all year long, though, with species such as the channel catfish and the bluegill available for the catching in any season.
Another popular lake in Texas is Lake Jackson. Although not nearly as well known for its fishing as Lake Conroe, there is some fishing there. Lake Jackson is most famous as a planned community not far from the Gulf Coast of Texas. The lake was named for a famous family who inhabited the area in antebellum times and owned a large plantation house on the lake. The barest of ruins of the antebellum home can still be seen in the park that has been constructed on the lake. Lake Jackson is also famous as the birthplace of the Tejano superstar Selena.
If you're a fisherman living in southeastern Texas it is difficult to beat the fishing opportunities at Lake Conroe. It is one of the most popular lakes in the area, and offers some of the best in sportfishing around. Restocking efforts by Texas Parks and Wildlife has only added to the opportunities in Lake Conroe, definitely making a fishing trip to remember.