Fishing on Lake Conroe is improving with the cooler weather. The water temperature at the dam early in the morning has been running 65.25 degrees according to the SJRA, and up north fishing guide Butch Terpe said it starts in the mornings at about 60 degrees. As the day wears on and the sun comes out it has been warming up to the high 60s, 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 199.72 feet. The City of Houston Diversion(COH) is 0 CFS, the Ground Reduction Plan (GRP) is 18.61 CFS and 0 CFS is being released from the Lake according to the San Jacinto River Authority.

Black bass fishing has been fair to good. Fishing guide Butch Terpe said they are in the shallows in two to six feet of water. They can be found along the banks where there is vegetation and lay down logs. Terpe said they can also be found around bridges, riprap and boat docks. He has been using crank bait, chatter baits, and Texas rigged Senko Worms.

Crappie fishing is fair to slow and we just don't seem to have the numbers. Terpe said he had a party out recently and they caught ten in twenty feet of water on brush, but they are scattered and it is a hit or miss situation. Minnows are a good bait and if the wind lays down jigs work well also.

Catfish are good on baited areas at eighteen to twenty two feet on creek edges and humps. Terpe said trips most recently have been consistent with keepers up to two pounds, which are good eating size. He said the best bite is from early until around mid morning. Cheese bait or punch baits are good baits.

Hybrid stripers and white bass are picking up some. Terpe said the best chance for them right now is trolling #13 Pet Spoons behind deep running crankbaits down 20 to 30 feet deep. Juvenile hybrids and white bass look very similar, so if you are not sure which you catch and they are under 18 inches long put them back in the lake.

Bream are good right down deep with the crappie on brush piles. Meal worms and night crawlers are good baits and hand size keepers are back. Terpe said he has had bream hitting the tails of his soft plastics while bass fishing.

Butch 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. For information about his services, he can be reached at (936) 856-7080. For information about Stow-A-Way Marina call (936) 856-4531.