Fishing on Lake Conroe is slow. The water temperature at the dam early in the morning has been running 76.5 degrees and with the clouds and rain it stays in that range as the day wears on. The water at this time is clear and the level is 199.56 feet and no water is being released according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass fishing is slow to fair. Fishing guide Butch Terpe said the bass have been shallow. He indicated that soft plastic worms in Watermelon color brought some action in Lake Paula about nine in the morning one day early this week. Carolina rigged soft plastics or deep diving crank baits are a good starting point along deeper structure later in the day.
Crappie fishing is still in its summer pattern and slow. Terpe reported some people described catching a few in a boat stalls at Seven Coves Marina on minnows recently. A day’s crappie fishing may only net you three or four keepers.
Catfish are good. Terpe said he had a party out last Saturday and they caught forty keepers in three and one-half hours. The sizes are running one to two pounds with and occasional three pound catfish landed. The catfish he has found are on baited holes along the channel edges in fifteen to twenty feet of water. Good bait for catfish right now is shrimp and punch baits. Terpe said he personally likes a number eight sponge hook with punch bait.
Hybrid stripers and white bass have slowed down with the heat and warm water. Terpe said the best method to provoke a bite is by trolling over points and humps in 15 to 25 feet of water.
Bream have slowed down around riprap and docks but meal worms and night crawlers are still your best bait under corks. Large bream have been reported being caught with the catfish on cheese 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.