Fishing on Lake Conroe is still slow to fair for the most part. The water temperature in the lake is 84 degrees at the dam around daylight but guide Butch Terpe said when he comes in around noon the water is up to 91 at the marina. The level is 199 feet, pool is 201 feet above mean sea level, and no water is being released at this time.
Black bass fishing is slow and four-pound-plus bass were weighed in at Thursday’s big bass tournament. Terpe says he had fished shallows around stumps, logs, and vegetation early in the morning with only a couple keepers netted. Fishing docks and rock seem to be just about as productive as the shallows, and either way, it is slow. A gradual and patient presentation seems to be the key in this hot water.
Catfish are still good and can be found on baited holes along the humps and points in 15 to 20 feet of water. Terpe said he had a party out this past week and they caught 30 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 structures at a depth of 15 feet. Minnows are the best bait at this time although jigs will work in experienced hands.
White bass and hybrids can be seen suspended over humps and points. Trolling No. 13 Pet Spoons behind deep running crankbaits are about as good as any approach at this time. Some are also being caught at night using lights.
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.