Conroe Courier/ December 31, 2020/ Fishing Reports, News

Fishing on Lake Conroe is fair to good, depending on what you are after. The water temperature at the dam early in the morning has been running 50.55 degrees. As the day wears on and the sun comes up, it has been warming up some, especially in the shallows. The water at this time is clear and the level is199.52 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 5-6 feet deep. He said he had a party out recently and caught some up to 4 pounds. They caught them on soft plastic worms in Watermelon color. Carolina rigged soft plastics or deep diving crank baits are a good starting point along deeper structure later in the day.

Crappie fishing is fair to good. Terpe had trips out recently and they caught 12-15 on brush and timber in water down to 30 feet deep. Some people have reported catching crappie around the FM1097 Bridge 15-20 feet deep. Minnows and jig are both working well. The main challenge is the winds that can cause a problem trying to hold on structure for crappie fishing.

Catfish are excellent. Terpe said the parties he has had out recently have had fast action of keeper catfish. On one trip recently Terpe said David Bodden caught a 40-pound Opelousa Cat on a light Zebco rig. Generally, the sizes are running 1-2 pounds with an occasional 3-pound catfish landed. They are on baited holes in 12-15 feet of water. Good bait for catfish right now is shrimp and punch baits, chicken livers will also work well. Terpe said he personally likes a No. 8 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 he has had reports of a few hybrids and white bass around dock lights at night. Using underwater light from your boat may also bring them.

Bream are also biting around riprap and docks. Meal worms and night crawlers are still your best bait. Large bream have been reported being caught down with the catfish.

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.

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