Fishing on Lake Conroe is in it's summer pattern. The water temperature at the dam early in the morning has been running 85 degrees according to the SJRS, but up north fishing guide Butch Terpe said it starts in the mornings at about 87 degrees. As the day wears on and the sun comes out it has been warming up to around 91 degrees, especially in the shallows and back waters of the creeks.
The water at this time is clear in the main lake and the level is 200.34 feet. The City of Houston Diversion(COH) is 0 CFS, the Ground Reduction Plan(GRP) is 13.94 CFS and 0 CFS is being released from the Lake according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass fishing has been fair. Terpe said he went out for a while this week and caught three small bass in six feet of water from daylight until around seven thirty along the vegetation and lay down logs. He caught a nice four pound bass along a natural drop off at six feet deep on a Texas rigged, Junebug color soft plastic worm.
Crappie fishing is slow. We just don't seem to have the numbers and then this time of year is not the best for crappie. Terpe said he spoke to a lady who caught one or two one morning. He said you may find one or two on brush and other structure in around 12 to 18 feet of water. Minnows are the best bait.
Catfish are good on baited areas at 20 to 25 feet on creek edges and humps. Terpe said he had one party out recently comprised of two boys, their mother and grandfather and they had 50 keepers from 10 inches to two pounds. He said they caught at least fifty undersized catfish also from 6-11 AM and after 9 AM or so the ratio was 10 undersize for every keeper.
Hybrid stripers are fair to slow. Terpe said you can catch a few undersized hybrids from 10 to 15 inches long trolling #13 Pet Spoons behind deep running crankbaits. Juvenile hybrids and white bass look very similar, so if you are not sure which you catch and they are under 18 inches long put them back in the lake.
Bream are good right now early in the morning until around 9 a.m., off the bank in the shallows and around riprap under corks. Meal worms and night crawlers are good baits and hand size keepers are back.
Butch Terpe, who works out of Stow-A-Way Marina, has made the 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.