I like to get after them from late Feb through mid-April on Conroe. That is when the spawn is on and they are always cooperative along the shorelines. Live bream bait is best from 3 to 7 inches and works fine on a No. 7 hook. You should 20# minimum test line as these bigger ones can spool you quickly. As always, look for structure. They like easy bait and hang around boat ramps regularly where bream tend to always congregate. All my flats come from just one private boat ramp which never leaves me skunked.
Rod & Reel PB: Blue Cat 53 lbs/12 lb test, Flathead Cat 78 lbs/20 lb test, Channel Cat 17 lbs 12 lb test, Texas common carp 40 lbs/12 lb test, White crappie 2.8 lbs, Black crappie 2.3 lbs all Lake Conroe