Conroe Courier/ October 30, 2019/ Fishing Reports, News

The fishing on Lake Conroe is picking up some with the rain and cooler weather we have been having. The water temperature this morning was down to 62 degrees at the dam. Later in the day it warms up to the mid to high 60’s. The level of the lake is 198.68 feet above mean sea level with no water being released. Pool is 201 feet above mean sea level.

Black bass fishing is fair to good and over 18 pounds won first place in the Sunday tournament at Stow-A-Way Marina. Fishing guide Butch Terpe said that fishing in shallows around the rocks, riprap, and docks is producing some good results. Texas rigged soft plastics in Watermelon colors and crankbaits are working as well as are spinnerbaits.

Catfish are still good and should remain so through December. They can be found on baited holes along the humps and points in 17 to 22 feet of water. Terpe said he had a party out this past week and they caught limits in a four hour trip. Terpe used punch bait on sponge hooks but chicken liver will also work well.

Crappie are picking up on the brush and other structure. The best action at this time seems to be coming from the stalls at the marinas if you have that available to you. Minnows are the best bait at this time although jigs will work in experienced hands.

Hybrids can be seen suspended over humps and points but the bite is slow. As the water cools the bite should pick up, however hybrids (Palmetto Bass) cannot reproduce and according to the TPWD on line stocking records none has been stocked since 2016, so the population must be declining. You might try trolling #13 Pet Spoons behind deep running crankbaits or jigging slab spoon or live shad.

Bream are biting around the rocks and any structure or in the shade on meal worms or night crawlers being 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.

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