FISHING REPORT Houston
By JOE DOGGETT
Heavy surf and high tides reached the upper coast Tuesday afternoon, wiping out midweek prospects. Galveston Fishing Pier reported scattered redfish and panfish were caught during the morning; by midday, the T-head was closed.
Galveston Bay complex
Deeper reefs, spoil banks and shell pads were consistent prior to the storm wind for boaters using live bait and soft plastics, reported Teakwood Marina. Scattered slicks holding trout and gafftop catfish were available in upper East Bay. The Galveston Causeway area was fair for mixed boxes of speckled trout, sand trout and flounder on live shrimp.
Deeper reefs in Espiritu Santo Bay and San Antonio Bay were reliable earlier in the week for speckled trout, reported guide Kris Kelley. Free-lined live croakers and piggy perch were effective. Soft plastics also caught fish. Scattered redfish were working high-tide back lakes and sloughs, where spoons and topwater lures were effective. Stringing grass was problem during afternoons.
Recent rain cooled the lake, and overcast conditions encouraged topwater and near-surface feeding, reported guide Will Kirkpatrick. Spinnerbaits off edges of grass were effective before daylight, then topwater lures drew scattered strikes until the sun hit the water. Mid-morning fish were taking crankbaits and Carolina-rigged plastics off points.
Toledo Bend Reservoir
Black bass were fair to good. Topwater lures were productive along edges of grass at dawn and dusk, especially under cloud cover. Frog-imitation lures caught scattered fish over grass mats. Crankbaits and swimming plugs were effective along channels and points in 8- to 15-foot water. Fish off deeper points were taking Carolina-rigged soft plastics.
Lake Co nroe
White bass and hybrid bass remained steady in the main lake, weather permitting, reported Stow-A-Way Marina. Trollers using small spoons behind deep-diving crankbaits caught fish off points and over humps in 16- to 20-foot water.
Catfish were good over baited holes in 20- to 25-foot water along the main river channel. Early mornings were productive.
Upper Texas coast
Winds east-southeast 15 to 20 mph during the morning, decreasing 10 to 15 mph during the afternoon and into Thursday. Seas in deep water 8 to 12 feet during the morning, decreasing 2 to 4 feet over night and through Thursday. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with the chance of a shower or thunderstorm.
Lower Texas coast
Winds east-southeast 20 to 30 mph this morning, decreasing to 12 to 18 mph this evening and overnight. Seas in deep water 15 to 20 feet this morning, decreasing 2 to 3 feet on Thursday.
Tuesday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 85 degrees.
High 6:26 a.m.; low 10:12 p.m.
High 5:09 a.m.; low 9:04 p.m.
Highs 7:03 a.m., 1:45 p.m.;
lows 11:33 a.m., 11:04 p.m.
Highs 5:46 a.m., 12:28 p.m.;
lows 10:25 a.m., 9:56 p.m