I researched “fishing in Texas” to surprise Nate with a weekend getaway. I needed a nearby destination with great fishing but also with the culture Nate and I look for when we travel.
Conroe, just north of Houston, fit the bill with a lake, a reputation for acclaimed fishing, and a vibrant downtown. I booked our private fishing guide on Lake Conroe, which made for an easy planning process. Our guide would provide the boat, all the gear, and take us to the best spots to fish.
We met our guide, Bobby, early in the morning. “It’s a good day for fishing,” Bobby announced. “Calm waters, good weather, and it’s Lake Conroe. Every day’s a good day for fishing here.”
I guessed he was probably right, as Game & Fish magazine included Lake Conroe on their 2017 list of top Texas bass fishing spots, and the lake played host to the Bassmaster Classic 2017—the Super Bowl of professional bass fishing.
Nate and I caught 10 fish between the two of us that morning: striped bass, black bass, channel catfish, and a bream. My catfish was the largest catch, measuring 16 inches long. The sun warmed our bodies; the water eased our minds. I didn’t miss my usual constant stream of emails and deadlines one bit.
As we docked the boat, we spotted a bald eagle! A friend told me the birding in Conroe was noteworthy, but I had no idea I might spot the nation’s bird. Bobby told us the bald eagles typically make their home on Lake Conroe spring through fall.