Guide Butch Terpe shares some tips on how to catch Lake Conroe channel catfish in the summer.
“The Hwy 1097 bridge is a good starting point,” says Terpe. “Underneath the bridge the water is cool. Anchor and bait the area with range cubes or soured milo. It doesn’t take 10-15 minutes if the fish are in there, they will come to the bait. They can catch that scent real quick.”
He puts out about two gallons of the cubes around the boat when he pulls up on a spot. “As I fish I will continue throwing some (range cubes or milo) out to keep the fish there. If you don’t, they will leave.”
Terminal tackle consists of #6 treble sponge hook with a half ounce weight. The weight is placed at about seven inches above the treble hook. “I drop the bait down to the bottom and just reel up about one crank on my reel. I don’t want to be on the bottom, but close to the bottom.
“If you see your rod tip twitch, set the hook. You will miss a lot if you don’t. On a nibble you can’t tell how big he is, but if you see the rod tip flinching a little bit, snap it.” Terpe uses 15 pound test line. Most the fish his clients catch weigh from 2-3 pounds.
If you don’t own a boat, Terpe recommends the boat launch area at the end Hwy 830 or the rocks along the Calvary Rd. bridge.