FISHING REPORT Houston area
By JOE DOGGETT
Conditions were exceptional for offshore boat traffic. Seas were less than 2 feet under wind less than 10 miles per hour. The party boat Texsun II reported good red snapper catches 35 to 40 miles off Galveston. A recent trip boxed 116 to 8 pounds. The party boat
Capt. John reported good snapper fishing 30 miles off Galveston. A recent trip boxed 158 to 13 pounds. Triggerfish and spadefish also were caught.
Surf was small and “green to the beach,” Galveston Fishing Pier reported. Fishing remained excellent for Spanish mackerel; limits were caught on live bait, dead bait and small jigs and spoons. The largest fish were in the 5-pound class. One ling was caught Monday night.
Galveston Bay complex
Light east-southeast wind provided good water clarity in most areas of the primary bays. Upper East Bay remained fair to good for speckled trout over reefs and under birds. Soft plastics were effective. Sand trout were fair on dead bait near the Galveston Causeway.
West Bay was fair for speckled trout, West Bay Marina reported. Drifters using live shrimp under corks caught fish near Green’s Cut and Carancahua Reef.
Redfish were reliable in coves
along the Galveston Island shoreline.
Christmas Bay was fair for trout and reds for waders working
live bait and plastics jigs along drop-off edges of sand flats and reefs.
Black bass remained fair to good, Lake Fork Marina reported. Topwater lures were effective at dawn and dusk along edges of weedbeds near channels. Deeper fish were taking Texas-rigged plastics, jig-trailers and deep-diving crankbaits. Scattered school bass were active along channels and off points. The full moon should continue to favor night fishing through mid-week. The lake was about 3 feet below pool and holding clear water in many areas.
Catfish were reliable on prepared baits over holes along channels in 18- to 22-foot water, Stow-A-Way Marina reported. Most were in the 1- to 2-pound class. Black bass remained fair on Carolina-rigged plastics and crankbaits over brush piles and riprap. Crappie were slow. The lake was about 3 feet below pool with fishable clarity in most areas.
Winds will be east-southeast at 7-12 mph today and southeast to south-southeast at 7-12 mph Thursday. Seas in deep water 2-3 feet today, decreasing to 1-3 feet Thursday. Skies will be clear to partly cloudy both days.
Tuesday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 77 degrees.
Highs 3:57 a.m., 8:10 p.m.;
lows 12:13 a.m., 11:47 a.m.
Highs 2:40 a.m., 6:53 p.m.;
low 10:39 a.m.
Highs 3:28 a.m., 9:31 p.m.;
lows 1:20 a.m., 12:32 p.m.
Highs 2:11 a.m., 8:14 p.m.;
lows 12:12 a.m., 11:24 a.m.