The fishing on Lake Conroe is trying to pull free of its summer pattern, but it hasn’t made it yet. The morning water temperature was down to 77 degrees at the dam. Later in the day it warms up to the mid to high 80s. The level of the lake is 199.00 feet above mean sea level with no water being released. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.
Black bass fishing is fair and the anglers struggled to catch fish to weigh in at the Sunday tournament. However, Monday morning fishing guide Butch Terpe caught a seven pound bass on a plastic worms and six to seven feet of water. The best fishing is still about daylight. Even with the water cooling down a little the main lure presentation should be slow. Texas rigged soft plastics in Watermelon colors and crankbaits are working as well as anything.
Catfish are still good and should remain so through December. They can be found on baited holes along the humps and points in 18 to 24 feet of water. Terpe said he had a party out this past week and they caught 40 keeper catfish in a four-hour trip. Terpe used punch bait on sponge hooks but chicken liver will also work well.
Crappie are slow on the brush and other structures. A few can be caught now but you will have to work for them. Minnows are the best bait at this time although jigs will work in experienced hands.
Hybrids can be seen suspended over humps and points. Trolling #13 Pet Spoons behind deep running crankbaits are about as good as any approach at this time.
Bream are biting around the rocks and in the shade on meal worms or night crawlers are the best bait. Large hand size bream are being caught.
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.
Stow-A-Way Marina Sunday Tournament 9/29/19
14 team entries
1. Garrett Pierce - 4 fish weighing15.23 pounds.
2. Hunter Fountain and Tony Murray - 4 fish weighing 14.95 pounds.
3. Richard Tatsch - 3 fish weighing 8.37 pounds.
1. Hunter Fountain and Tony Murray - 7.28 pounds.