Heavy surf and strong tides from Hurricane Katrina diminished Tuesday. Surf was small and tides were running at near-normal levels along the upper coast. Water clarity was sandy-green along many stretches and piers were open for business.

Several boats reported good fishing for bull redfish off the ends of the Surfside and Quintana Jetties. Cut mullet and shad were effective soaked near bottom.

Galveston Bay complex

Recent high tides pushed new water into the bays, improving overall prospects. Deeper reefs, shell pads and spoil banks remained consistent for speckled trout on moving tides. Slicks in upper reaches of East Bay also were holding fish. Drifters in West Bay caught scattered specks and sand trout on live shrimp near Greens Cut.

Port O’Connor

Speckled trout were fair to good for boaters using live shrimp and drifting deeper reefs in San Antonio Bay. Waders had fair success using soft plastics over deeper grass beds along leeward shorelines. Redfish were reliable on spoons and topwater lures in back lakes.

In the Gulf jetties, Brownie Wheless recently caught and released a redfish estimated at 51 pounds. The huge red struck a live shrimp on a trout rod.

Lake Fork

Black bass were fair to good, reported Lake Fork Marina. Fish were active early and late near edges of grass around creek mouths. Topwater lures, floating/diving plugs, and soft-plastic jerkbaits were effective. Night fishing remained productive for anglers using large soft plastics and spinnerbaits.

Lake Livingston

Black bass were fair, reported Kickapoo Marina. Fish were taking crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged plastics along brush and logs near channels. White bass remained steady on spoons trolled or jigged over main-lake humps and roadbeds and channels in 12- to 18-foot water. Crappie were fair to slow on live shiners over brush in creeks off docks.



Upper Texas coast

Winds will be variable to south between 5-12 mph today with deep water seas in the 1-3 foot range decreasing through to the 1-2 foot range by tonight. On Thursday, winds will be out of the east-southeast at 5-15 mph with deep water seas increasing to the 1-3 foot range. Skies will be partly cloudy with a small chance for an isolated thunderstorm.

Tuesday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 89 degrees.

Today’s tides


High 5:37 a.m.; low 9:31 p.m.


High 4:20 a.m.; low 8:23 p.m.

Thursday’s tides


Highs 5:41 a.m., 2:09 p.m.; lows 10:35 a.m. 10:03 p.m.


Highs 4:24 a.m., 12:51 p.m.; lows 9:27 a.m., 8:55 p.m

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