Fishing on Lake Conroe is slow. The water temperature at the dam early in the morning has been running 80 degrees and if the clouds open up, it can rise to 85 or 90 degrees as the day wears on. The water level is 200.21 feet and no water is being released according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
The lake boat traffic is way down compared to three or four weeks ago. Part of that can be attributed to the stormy weather and also the heat when the clouds clear out.
Black bass fishing is slow to fair. Fishing guide Butch Terpe said the bass have been shallow early before the sun gets up too high. He indicated that soft plastic worms and Baby Brush Hogs are bringing some action in the shallows. Once the sun gets up the bass go down to deeper structure and Carolina rigged soft plastics or deep diving crank baits are a good starting point.
Crappie fishing is in its summer pattern and slow. Terpe reported some people are catching a few keepers around the FM 1097 bridge pylons and around the main river channel in varied depths of water on brush using minnows. A day’s crappie fishing may only net you 4 or 5 keepers.
Catfish are good. Terpe said he had three parties out recently and the bite has been good. The sizes are running 1 to 2 pounds with and occasional 3 pound catfish landed. The catfish he has found are on baited holes along the channel edges in 15 to 20 feet of water. Good bait for catfish right now is shrimp and punch baits. Terpe said he personally likes a number 8 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 are biting early around riprap and docks on meal worms and night crawlers in five feet and less of water under corks. Later they can be found deeper on brush or other structure like the FM 1097 bridge pylons.
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.