FISHING REPORT Houston

FISHING REPORT Houston

Offshore

Seas less than 2 feet continued to favor small-boat traffic. Good water was within 20 miles of Galveston and Freeport. King mackerel to 25 pounds were reliable on trolled or drifted live baits around platforms and behind anchored shrimpers, reported guide Mike Segall. Several private boats reported easy limits of red snapper around rigs 20 to 30 miles off Galveston. The best fish were in the 8- to 10-pound class.

Beachfront

Surf remained virtually flat and green to sandy-green along most stretches of the upper coast. Tides were running at near-normal levels, and inshore water was in the upper 80s. Influxes of seaweed were minor during recent tides. Galveston Fishing Pier reported an abundance of Spanish mackerel, plus reliable action on speckled trout at night under lights.

Galveston Bay complex

Speckled trout were fair to good for boaters using live bait near bottom along ship channel spoil banks, reported Teakwood Marina. Gafftop catfish were active at night. Slicks in deeper water were productive for trout in Trinity Bay and East Bay. Drifters in lower West Bay caught scattered trout and reds.

Lake Conroe

Channel catfish were good during the first two hours of light, reported Stow-A-Way Marina. Baited holes in 20- to 25-foot water along the main Sabine River channel were productive for boaters using prepared baits, shrimp and nightcrawlers. White bass and hybrid bass were steady on small spoons trolled behind deep-diving crankbaits over main-lake humps in 15- to 20-foot water.

Lake Rayburn

Black bass were fair on topwater lures and spinnerbaits during gray light, reported guide Will Kirkpatrick. Edge of grass holding concentrations of shad were consistent. Carolina-rigged plastics and deep-diving crankbaits were effective along main-lake points in 12- to 15-foot water.

JOE DOGGETT

Weather

Upper Texas coast

Wind will be north to north-northwest 5 to 12 mph this morning, increasing north-northwest 8 to 15 mph this evening into tonight. Wind north-northwest 10 to 17 mph Sunday. Seas in deep water will be 1 to 3 feet into this afternoon, building 4 to 6 feet this evening into tonight and 5 to 7 feet Sunday. Partly cloudy, with a chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms both days.

Friday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 89 degrees.

Today’s tides

Galveston

High 3:37 a.m.;low 6:03 p.m.
Freeport

High 2:20 a.m.;low 4:55 p.m.

Sunday’s tides

Galveston

High 4:22 a.m.;low 7:09 p.m.
Freeport

High 3:05 a.m.;low 6:01 p.m.

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