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Lake Conroe Fishing Guide

Lake Conroe is a 21,000-acre fishing lake in Montgomery County and is one of the best largemouth bass lakes in Texas and you can fish for catfish, bluegill and crappie as well.

Lake Conroe, a man-made reservoir, lies on the West Fork of the San Jacinto River, just west of Interstate 45 off State Highway 105 in Montgomery and Walker counties.

The best times to catch on Lake Conroe fish are during early spring and mid-to-late fall when bass congregate around shallow cover in the lake. The shallow cover can also yield good fishing for  bluegill and in spring for fishing for a big spawning crappies.

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Boat Launch Facilities

Lake Conroe boat launch facilities are available at several locations around Lake Conroe. These boat launch locations include: Stow-A-Way Marina and Cagle Recreation Area at the north end and Lakeview Marina and the FM 830 Ramp at the south end of Lake Conroe.

Fishing License

To fish at Lake Conroe you must have a  current Texas fishing license, which you can purchase a license at most tackle and bait shops, sporting goods stores across the state of Texas as well as at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department or through their website.

Fishing Regulations for Conroe

Black Bass

Daily bag for all species of black bass is 5 in any combination.

  • Largemouth Bass, minimum length limit is 16 inches
  • Smallmouth Bass, minimum length is 14 inches
  • Spotted, Guadalupe, and Alabama bass.

White, Striped & Yellow Bass

  • Striped and Hybrid Striped Bass, minimum length limit is 18 inches and daily bag limit = 5 in any combination.
  • White Bass, minimum length is 10 inches and daily bag is 25.
  • Yellow Bass - there are no bag or size limits


  • Channel and Blue Catfish, their hybrids and subspecies, minimum length limit is 12 inches and daily bag limit is 25 in any combination.
  • Flathead Catfish, minimum length is 18 inches and daily bag limit is 5.


  • White and Black Crappie, their hybrids and subspecies, minimum length limit is 10 inches. Daily bag limit is 25 in any combination.


  • Sunfish, there is no minimum length or daily bag limit on bluegill, redear, warmouth or other species of sunfish.


  • Rainbow and Brown Trout, their hybrids and subspecies, there is no minimum length and daily bag limit = 5 trout in any combination.


  • There is no minimum length limit or daily bag limit for common carp.


  • Alligator gar, daily bag limit is 1 fish of any size. No bag limits on other species of gar. Please note there are more restrictions. Report your harvest with "My Texas Hunt Harvest" app.


Lake Conroe Lake Photos

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Popular Types of Fish at Lake Conroe

Lake Conroe offers a wide variety of fish for Anglers such as Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish and Blue Gill.


Largemouth Bass




Smallmouth Bass




White Stripped Bass



Rainbow Trout Fish

Rainbow Trout




Channel Catfish

Highly Recommended Bait, Tackle & Gear 


Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass are the most pursued sportfish in Lake Conroe. In summer soft plastics, topwaters, spinnerbaits and live baitfish all have the potential to lure big largemouths, but crank baits are the top producing bait at this time. The Crankbait should run deep enough to bump the bottom occasionally on the retrieve.




Channel Catfish Preferred Bait

Giant catfish generally inhabit deeper waters and are the most abundant sportfish in the lake, but will congregate toward shallow flats during the summer nights to feed and can be caught usually on stinky smelly natural baits like chicken livers or cut shad.

Directions to Lake Conroe