Fishing on Lake Conroe is good once again. The water temperature at the dam early in the morning has been running 62.55 degrees. As the day wears on and the sun comes up it has been warming up, especially in the shallows and back waters of the creeks.
The water at this time is clear, and the level is 200.06 feet. The City of Houston Diversion (COH) is 450 CFS, and the Ground Reduction Plan (GRP) is 20.72. Water is being released from the lake, according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass fishing is good. Fishing guide Butch Terpe said some are still spawning and are in the shallows. The shad are spawning along the shores, and that brings the bass into the shallows also. Terpe said he has been catching them in water 2-5 feet deep around submerged vegetation and lay down logs. He said he was out recently with two ladies, and they caught three on spinner baits. Other lures that are working well are soft plastic worms. Terpe also said the with the shad along the banks the herons can be seen in water a few inches deep after them.
Crappie fishing is good. Terpe said they are on brush and other structures. Minnows and jigs are good baits. Some people have still reported catching crappie in marina boat stalls 9-10 feet deep.
Catfish are good on baited areas at 20-22 feet on creek edges and humps. Terpe said the parties he has had out recently have had plenty of keeper catfish, and one trip caught 27 catfish in a few hours. Generally, the sizes are running 1-2 pounds with an occasional three-pound catfish landed. Some catfish can also be found early in warm water in the shallows chasing the spawning shad. Fish for the shallow catfish using shad under corks.
Hybrid stripers are slow. Terpe said he has had reports of a few 12- to 13-inch hybrids being caught on baited holes with the catfish.
White bass are being caught on main lake humps and point 20 feet deep trolling. They are suspended over deeper water. Terpe said he had parties out and they trolled at three miles per hour and caught 45 keeper white bass 12-15 inches long in three hours.
Bream are starting to move in shallower. A few are showing up when fishing along rocks and riprap as the water warms. Meal worms and night crawlers are good baits.
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 more than 30 years. He can be reached at 936-856-7080. For information about Stow-A-Way Marina, call 936-856-4531.