Conditions settled rapidly during the late week. Surf was small and sandy-green along most stretches and tides returned to near-normal levels.
Recent pier catches included redfish, speckled trout, gafftop catfish and small sharks.
Galveston Bay complex
Speckled trout were fair around gas wells in Trinity Bay and lower East Bay and along Houston Ship Channel spoil banks. Dollar Reef in lower Galveston Bay and Hannah’s Reef in East Bay were consistent. Live bait and soft plastics were effective.
Guide Jim West reported outstanding fishing for trout in the 2- to 4-pound class while fishing slicks over deeper reefs in East Bay. The water was in good shape; the morning tide was most productive.
Matagorda Bay complex
Trout were fair over deeper shell in West Bay, reported guide Mark Talasek. Soft plastics were effective. Waders caught good numbers of redfish on gold spoons over shallow grass along leeward shoreline. Night fishing on lighted barges was productive for trout in East Bay.
Black bass were fair to good, reported Lake Fork Marina. Topwater lures were effective at first light along grass beds near dropoffs. Carolina-rigged plastics were consistent in 15- to 20-foot water near channels and off points. Night fishing also was productive under the recent full moon.
Black bass were fair, reported Kickapoo Marina. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged plastics caught scattered fish to four pounds along brushy dropoffs in creeks and coves. Scattered cloud cover was a bonus.
White bass remained steady on spoons over main-lake humps and road beds; trolling and jigging were effective, wind permitting.
Small catfish were steady on prepared baits and cut shad off piers and docks.
Lake Co nroe
White bass and hybrid bass were reliable in the main lake, weather permitting, reported Stow-A-Way Marina. Spoons trolled behind deep-diving crankbaits were effective off points and over humps in 16- to 24-foot water.
Small catfish were steady on prepared baited holes in 20- to 25-foot water along the main river channel.
Scattered black bass were caught on soft plastics and crankbaits. Early mornings were prime under cloud cover.
Upper Texas coast
Winds east-southeast 5 to 10 mph this morning, increasing to 8 to 15 mph this afternoon and evening, and east-southeast 10 to 15 mph overnight. Winds east-southeast 10 to 18 mph Sunday morning and south-southeast 15 to 20 mph Sunday afternoon. Seas in deep water 1 to 3 feet this morning, 3 to 5 feet this afternoon and evening, and 4 to 7 feet overnight and on Sunday. Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms both days.
Lower Texas coast
Winds east-northeast 5 to 10 mph this morning, decreasing to 10 to 15 mph by this evening. Winds increasing east-southeast 12 to 20 mph Sunday morning increasing southeast 15 to 25 mph Sunday afternoon.
Seas in deep water 1 to 3 feet this morning, 3 to 5 feet this afternoon 4 to 6 feet this evening, and 5 to 8 feet overnight and early Sunday, building to 6 to 8 feet Sunday evening. Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms both days.
Friday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 87 degrees.
Highs 8:02 a.m., 5 p.m.;
low 12:47 p.m.
Highs 6:45 a.m., 3:43 p.m.;
lows 11:39 a.m., 11:37 p.m.
Highs 8:26 a.m., 6:36 p.m.;
lows 12:45 a.m., 1:42 p.m.
Highs 7:09 a.m., 5:19 p.m.;
low 12:34 p.m.
By JOE DOGGETT