The fishing on Lake Conroe is slow to fair depending on what you are after. The water temperature in the morning has been 50.25 degrees about daylight at the dam. The level of the lake is 199.20 feet above mean sea level and no water is being released. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.
Black bass fishing is slow to fair. The results in last weekend’s tournaments were some of the poorest I have seen. Fishing guide Butch Terpe said that fishing around the rocks, riprap, and docks is producing some fair results. Texas rigged soft plastics in Watermelon colors and crankbaits in shad patterns are good starting places. Spinnerbaits in the shallows may produce some positive results early in the morning.
Catfish are still good. They can be found on baited holes along the humps and points in 17 to 22 feet of water. Terpe said he had a party out recently and they caught limits of 25 catfish each in three hours. Another party of two men limited out a couple days later. Terpe uses punch bait on sponge hooks but chicken liver will also work well.
Crappie are slow on the brush and other structure like the FN 1097 and FM 1375 bridge pylons. Minnows are the best bait at this time although jigs will work in experienced hands if the wind lies down. Crappie may be found on deep brush with one or two taken from a location then you have to move to another brush pile. Some crappie are being found in deep boat docks at the marinas.
Hybrids seem to be scattered once again and the the bite is slow. Some are reported caught by bass fishermen around lights on docks early in the morning. Terpe said he has found some white bass on humps and points trolling #13 Pet Spoons behind deep running crankbaits or jigging ¾ ounce slab spoon.
Bream are down deep with the colder water. Meal worms or night crawlers are the best bait.
Guide Butch Terpe, who works out of Stow-A-Way Marina, has made the facts and information for this fishing report available. Terpe has been a full time guide for over 30 years. For information about his services, he can be reached at (936) 856-7080. For information about Stow-A-Way Marina call (936) 856-4531.