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Fishing on Lake Conroe has been fair to good depending on what you are after and when. The water temperature at the dam early in the morning has been running 62 degrees according to the SJRA.  The water at this time is clear in the main lake and the level is 198.4 feet. The City of Houston Diversion (COH) is 0 CFS, the Ground Reduction Plan (GRP) is 18.01 CFS and 0 CFS is being released from the Lake according to the San Jacinto River Authority.

Black bass fishing has been good. Fishing guide Butch Terpe said fishing the shallows early has been fun. He said one morning he had a party out and they caught 17 bass in a couple hours along the grass beds in water two to six feet deep. The bass are chasing shad in grass and submerged structure. Four of those caught we good size keepers. Shallow, plastic worms in Black and Junebug colors are good. Spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits will work well also. The water temperature has been around sixty degrees up north. Some anglers are catching them deeper in 10 to 20 feet. Crank baits and Carolina rigged worms with ½ ounce weight around submerged roadbeds, pond dams, brush and other deeper structure are producing good results. 

Crappie fishing is picking up slowly. Some are reporting keeper size crappie in 10 to 20 feet of water around bridge pylons and structure like brush. One party reported he caught 18 crappie and had four keepers in a day long trip, so that looks good going forward.

Catfish are good on baited areas at 18 to 22 feet on creek edges and humps. Terpe said they are averaging one and one-half to three pounds in size, which are good eating size. There are still a lot of small ones and he said one party he had out caught 40 good size keepers and they also caught a lot of small ones too. Terpe uses punch baits on sponge hooks.

Hybrid stripers are starting to school around the shad. Some are occasionally being caught on chicken liver with the catfish. 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.

Large bream are reported biting over brush or other structure if baited about six feet under the boat with range cubes. The water temperature may soon allow them back in the shallower water. Some people are catching them early off the rocks with crickets, night crawlers, and meal worms.

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.