Fishing on Lake Conroe has reached its summer pattern once again, and the rain and weather fronts present challenges. The water temperature at the dam early in the morning has been running 80.7 degrees, according to the SJRS. But, up north, fishing guide Butch Terpe said it starts in the mornings at about 87 degrees. As the day wears on, and if sun comes out, it has been warming up to around 91 degrees, 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 200.91 feet. The City of Houston Diversion is 0 CFS, the Ground Reduction Plan is 20.49 CFS, and 0 CFS is being released from the Lake, according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass fishing was fair until Sunday morning, and then it picked up. Terpe said he went out for a while this week and caught some small bass in the shallows early in 2-5 feet of water along the vegetation and lay-down logs. Texas rigged worms, top water lures and spinner baits are working well in the shallows.
Crappie fishing is fair. We just don’t seem to have the numbers, and this time of year is not the best for crappie. Terpe said they are on brush and other structure in around 12-18 feet of water. Minnows are the best bait. Mostly large crappie are being caught, with few, if any, small ones. One or two keepers from each brush pile is about what you can expect.
Catfish are good on baited areas at around 20 feet on creek edges and humps. Terpe said he had parties out each day last week, and half of them were from out of state visiting locals. He said catfish are the best action at this time. Generally, the sizes are running 1-2 pounds with an occasional three-pound catfish landed.
Hybrid stripers are fair. He said a party he had out recently caught few juvenile hybrids and a few white bass 10-15 inches long. Terpe said he has had reports of a few 12- to 15-inch hybrids being caught on baited holes with the catfish. Juvenile hybrids and white bass look very similar, so if you are not sure which you catch, put them back in the lake.
Bream are good right now off the bank in the shallows under corks early and late from daylight until about 9 a.m. and from 6-8 p.m. Meal worms and night crawlers are good baits.
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. He can be reached at 936-856-7080. For information about Stow-A-Way Marina, call 936-856-4531.