By: Butch Terpe at Stow-A-Way Marina & R.V. Park
Black Bass: September marks the beginning of a season change on Lake Conroe and even though it is still hot, the action will get progressively better over the next few months. Shad will start moving shallow toward the back of creeks and coves in which many bass will follow. Spinner baits and plastic worms fished along boat docks or shorelines with some type of cover in the early morning hours in your best bet. Later in the day concentrate on deeper structure, pond dams, and main lake points and any type of rocks such as bridges or breakwaters.
Crappie: Crappie action will gradually pick up especially toward the end of September since water temps will cool down. A bit of these fish sense the season is changing. Minnows and small jigs work well along the pilings of bridges and around submerged brush in 12-20’ depths.
Hybrid Striped Bass: At this time of year I start out by trolling pet spoons near the edges of main lake points in 10-15’ depths in the early morning hours and a bit deeper as the sun rises. If I find a group of these fish in a certain area along the bottom, then I try jigging slab spoons to trigger a bite.
Catfish: Catfish action has been fair all through the summer and will greatly improve during the upcoming months. Fishing baited holes along main creek and river channels in 17-25’ depths using night crawlers, chicken livers and dip baits are all good choices. Also, the pilings under the 1097 Bridge is a good catfishing area.