Fishing on Lake Conroe is fair to good depending on what you are after. The water temperature at the dam early in the morning has been running 62.33 degrees. As the day wears on and the sun comes up it has been getting up to around 70 degrees. The water at this time is clear and the level is199.03 feet and no water is being released according to the San Jacinto River Authority.
Black bass fishing is fair. Fishing guide Butch Terpe said he has been catching them shallow in water in the five to six feet deep. He said one morning he had a party out and caught fourteen up to four pounds. They caught them on soft plastic worms in Watermelon color. Carolina rigged soft plastics or deep diving crank baits are a good starting point along deeper structure later in the day.
Crappie fishing is fair to good. Terpe reported people described catching ten in a boat stalls on minnows. Terpe had trips out recently and they caught twelve to fifteen on brush and timber in water from twelve to fifteen feet deep. Some people have reported catching crappie around the FM1097 Bridge below slip corks from six to ten feet deep. Minnows and jig are both working well. The main challenge is the winds that can cause a problem to crappie fishing.
Catfish are excellent. Terpe said the parties he has had out recently have had fast action of keeper catfish. The sizes are running one to two pounds with and occasional three pound catfish landed. The catfish are on baited holes in twelve to fifteen feet of water. Good bait for catfish right now is shrimp and punch baits, chicken livers will also work well. Terpe said he personally likes a number eight sponge hook with punch bait.
Hybrid stripers and white bass have slowed down and probably remain so until after the first of the year. Terpe said he has had reports of hybrids and white bass around dock lights at night. Using underwater light from your boat may also bring them.
Bream are also biting around riprap and docks. Meal worms and night crawlers are still your best bait. Large bream have been reported being caught down with the catfish.
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.