FISHING REPORT Houston

FISHING REPORT
Beachfront
East wind gusting in access of 20 mph created unsettled conditions along the upper coast. Surf was rough and sandy to sandy-green and tides were running at above-normal levels. Inshore water readings were an unseasonably warm 82 degree along the Galveston Seawall but were expected to drop several degrees behind the late-week cool front.

Galveston Fishing Pier reported fair to good fishing for bull redfish on shad and cut mullet. Gafftop catfish and small sharks also were caught. Scattered golden croakers were caught on dead shrimp.

Galveston Bay complex

Strong east wind continued to keep open water choppy and sandy. Fishing traffic was light. Portions of upper East Bay offered fishable water, and drifters keying on slicks caught scattered speckled trout and sand trout. Drifters in lower West Bay caught occasional trout and flounder n live shrimp, reported West Bay Marina.

Matagorda Bay complex

Trout were fair to good before the wind increased, reported guide Mark Talasek. Birds were working open water of East Bay, where boaters using soft plastics caught limits and near-limits in the 16- to 18-inch class. Flounder gigging was good at night; 24 were boxed on a recent trip.

Lake Fork

Black bass were fair to good, reported Lake Fork Marina. Soft plastics and topwater lures were effective early and late along dropoff edges of grass and off points. Cloud cover was a bonus. Best fish during the past week weighed 12 pounds. Crappie were good on live shiners and small jigs in 16- to 24-foot water under bridges and along tree lines, but increasing wind hampered the open-water fishing. The lake remained more than two feet below pool with mostly good clarity.

Lake Livingston

Low water level continued to hamper fishing. The lake remained approximately four feet below pool and the dam was releasing 1,000 cubic feet per second. Scattered black bass were caught on spinnerbaits, shallow-running crankbaits and Texas-rigged plastics worked along edges of creek channels in 4- to 10-foot water, reported the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Open-water fishing for white bass was hampered by wind and the incoming front keeps prospects unsettled.

JOE DOGGETT

Weather

Upper and lower coast

Winds will be out of the east-northeast to northeast at 15-23 mph this morning through this evening, becoming north-northeast at 20 to 27 mph tonight and building to 30-40 mph out of the north to north-northeast on Thursday. Seas in deep water will be 6-9 feet today, becoming 8-12 feet through Thursday afternoon. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers possible.

Tuesday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 83 degrees.

Today’s tides

Galveston

Highs 4:37 a.m., 7:27 p.m.;

low 11:37 a.m.

Freeport

Highs 3:20 a.m., 6:10 p.m.;

lows 10:29 a.m., 10:57 p.
By JOE DOGGETT

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