Hooker Harwell's Guide Service

Calvary Road
Willis TX, United States

Hooker Harwell’s Guide Service offers nighttime adventures for Crappie, Catfish, and other species on Lake Conroe, out of Willis, Texas. The company is run and operated by Bill, who is a professional Crappie fisherman. Bill is a strong advocate of catch-and-release-into-the-grease, so you will be able to keep a nice limit of 5 fish at the end of your fishing adventure.

You will go out aboard a 20-foot Sea Ark Tunnel Hull. This is a stable fishing platform, well-lit for nighttime fishing. The boat comes powered by a 115 HP Mercury Optimax engine and provides comfortable fishing space for up to three anglers. It’s rigged with modern navigational electronics, including a GPS and a fish finder.

Fishing on Lake Conroe with Bill is a rewarding experience. His knowledge is second to none and his dedication and involvement have gained him an excellent reputation. Bill works hard to give a personalized fishing experience to all his clients. Your age and expertise don’t matter: beginner to professional Crappie fisherman, Bill can accommodate your needs and show you the ropes.

If you you want to fill your ice-chest with Crappie, it would be best to book a trip for March through May. Catfishing on Lake Conroe is good year round. On your day out, you might also hook into Hybrid Bass, which Bill likes to jokingly call “Conroe Tunas” due to their screaming runs. A 30-inch Hybrid can quite easily challenge your angling skills!

The trips leave an hour before dark. According to Bill, one who has never fished at night is surely missing out. If you’re planning to go out in the hotter months, nighttime fishing can be the most comfortable time with no oppressive heat and boat traffic.

When fishing for Crappie, Bass, and Hybrids, you will be using rods and reels. Catfish will be targeted with jug line and other species can be chased by trolling. Each trip comes with gear, tackle, bait, and the cleaning service. Just bring a fishing license and a cooler to keep the catch fresh.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Evening/Night Fishing Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    US$ 325
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 75
    each additional person
    Night fishing for Crappie Hybrids and Catfish. Departure is about an hour before dark.
  • Private trip
    Night Bowfishing Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    US$ 325
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 75
    each additional person
    Bowfishing at night. Departure is about an hour before dark.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

  Bass (Largemouth)
  Bass (White)

  Hybrid Striped Bass

Boat Specs

Sea ark (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 2008. Powered by a 115HP Mercury Optimax engine.

20 ft
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle


Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting


Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. In case of unsafe weather conditions, you can choose a different trip date or cancel with a full deposit refund.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

About the Captain

Bill Harwell
Willis, Texas, United States
Member since May 2017
Captain Bill "Hooker" Harwell is a knowledgeable angler. He has been fishing Lake Conroe since 1997 and has been a professional guide there since 2009. Bill specializes in fishing for Crappie and is familiar with the best techniques, timing, and bait. He has put a lot of effort into finding the hottest spots and tricks to catch Crappie, following the lunar tables.
Response time: 6 hours
Response rate: 100%