Moderate southeast wind filled in, bumping seas into the 3-3 1/2 -foot range off Galveston and Freeport. Conditions were downgraded from last week but remained within small-boat tolerances. Scattered squalls demand caution.

Recent party boat trips were fair for mixed-bag catches, reported Patrick Lemire. The Capt. John ran 40-50 miles south of the Galveston Jetties and put anglers on red snapper, lane snapper, dorado, kingfish and sharpnose sharks and other assorted fish.


Surf was moderately rough and sand-green along most stretches. Tides were running at near-normal levels, and inshore water readings were in the upper 80s.

Galveston Fishing Pier reported fair mixed-bag catches of sand trout, Spanish mackerel, gafftop catfish, redfish, and panfish. Speckled trout were reliable at night under the pier lights.

Port O’Connor

Speckled trout were good, reported guide Chris Martin. Leeward shorelines of Espiritu Santo Bay were holding clear water and concentrations of baitfish. Waders keying on these areas strung fish to 22 inches on 1/8 -ounce jigs worked near bottom in chest-deep water. The first two hours of daylight were most productive.

Back lakes along the Matagorda Island shoreline were fair for shallow-water redfish on spoons and flies.

Houston County Reservoir

Black bass were fair, reported Crockett Family Resort. Afternoon cloud cover was a bonus and the full moon Friday should increasingly favor night fishing. Topwater lures were effective during early light, followed by Texas-rigged plastics and deep-diving crankbaits along 10- to
15-foot dropoffs near the dam and pump station. Bream remained reliable on nightcrawlers off docks and piers. The lake is several inches below pool, with the best clarity in protected backwaters.

Choke Canyon Reservoir

Black bass were good, reported Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Fish were taking topwater lures and floating/diving plugs near grass and brush at dawn. Jig/trailer combinations and drop-shot rigs were effective along deeper dropoffs during mid-morning hours. White bass were fair to good on jigging spoons off main-lake points. Crappie were fair on live shiners over brush.

The lake was almost one foot below pool with improving clarity.



Upper Texas coast

Winds will be mostly out of the south at 5-12 mph today with seas in the 1-3 foot range today. Winds will be variable to south 5-10 mph Wednesday with seas in the 1-2 foot range.

Skies are forecast to be partly cloudy turning mostly cloudy in the afternoons with a chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms both days.

Monday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 87 degrees.

Today’s tides


High 5:04 a.m.; low 8:13 p.m.


High 3:47 a.m.; low 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday’s tides


High 5:28 a.m.; low 9:10 p.m.


High 4:11 a.m.; low 8:02 p.m.

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