Conroe Courier/ October 13, 2021/ Fishing Reports, News

Fishing on Lake Conroe is in it's summer pattern. The water temperature at the dam early in the morning has been running 84 degrees according to the SJRS, and up north fishing guide Butch Terpe said it starts in the mornings at about 80 degrees.

As the day wears on and the sun comes out, it has been warming up to the mid 80s, 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 199.74 feet. The City of Houston Diversion(COH) is 0 CFS, the Ground Reduction Plan(GRP) is 18.66 CFS and 0 CFS is being released from the Lake according to the San Jacinto River Authority.

Black bass fishing has been fair to good. Terpe said he went out for a while Saturday about daylight and caught ten small bass and two keepers. He was fishing in five feet of water and less along the banks where there was vegetation and lay down logs. He was using Texas rigged Senko Worms and trick worms. The Anglers Quest two day tournament last weekend had better stringers Saturday than Sunday.

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. Minnow sales at the marinas are really down, so that is an indication few are fishing for them.

Catfish are good on baited areas at 18 to 20 feet on creek edges and humps. Terpe said trips most recently have been consistent with keepers up to two pounds, which are good eating size. He said the best bite is from early until around nine in the morning.

Hybrid stripers and white bass are picking up some. Terpe said the best chance for them right now is trolling #13 Pet Spoons behind deep running crankbaits down 20 to 30 feet deep. He said on one trip they caught 36 white bass and 15 to 17 inch hybrids, with one keeper hybrid. 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 from daylight until around nine in the morning, off the bank in the shallows and around riprap under corks from two to five feet. Meal worms and night crawlers are good baits and hand size keepers are back. Terpe said he has had bream hitting the tails of his soft plastics while bass fishing.

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.

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