Fishing on Lake Conroe is slow to good depending on what you are after. The water temperature at the dam early in the morning has been running 70.13 degrees. As the day wears on and the sun comes up it has been getting up in the high 70's near the 80 degree mark. The water at this time is clear and the level is199.30 feet and no water is being released according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass fishing is fair. Fishing guide Butch Terpe said he has been catching them shallow in water from two to twelve feet deep. He said one morning he caught twelve. He indicated that soft plastic worms in Watermelon color brought some action in the shallows up in the National Forest.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 a little 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. Terpe expects the bite to continue slow until the water temperature drops into the low to mid 60's.
Catfish are good. Terpe said the parties he has had out recently have had fast action of keeper catfish. The sizes are running one to two pounds with and occasional three pound catfish landed. The catfish he has found are on baited holes in seventeen 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 and probably remain so until after the first of the year. Terpe said the best method to possibly 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.