Fishing on Lake Conroe has been slow to fair for the most part. The water temperature in the lake is 82 degrees at the dam but Guide Butch Terpe said when he comes in around noon the water is up to 91 at the marina. The level is 200.54 feet, pool is 201 feet above mean sea level, and no water is being released at this time.
Black bass fishing is difficult, although some large bass were weighed in at Sunday’s tournament. Fishing guide Butch Terpe told me that he had recently spoken with some anglers that had fished shallows around stumps, logs, and vegetation, early in the morning with only a couple keepers caught. Fishing docks and rock seem to be the more productive but even then it is necessary to fish 10 docks for everyone keeper that they caught. A slow and patient action seems to be the key and this hot water.
Catfish are still good and can be found on baited holes along the humps and points in 12 to 20 feet of water. Terpe said he had a number of parties out this past week and they caught anywhere from 35 to 60 keeper catfish in a four hour trip. Terpe used punch bait on sponge hooks but chicken liver is working well also.
Crappie are slow on the brush and other structure at a depth of 8 to 12 feet. Minnows are the best bait at this time although jigs will work in experienced hands.
White bass are biting well and are suspended over humps and points 17 to 18 feet. Terpe stated that on one trip they caught 53 keeper white bass trolling. He also said some whites are being caught at the surface on spec rigs early by some anglers. A few hybrids are also being caught with the white bass up to about 5 pounds.
Bream are once again 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.