Galveston Fishing Pier reported recent catches of sand trout, gafftop catfish, redfish, whiting and small sharks.
Matagorda Island surf was good for speckled trout prior to the wind increase, reported guide Mark Talasek. Soft plastics were effective for waders working around pods of baitfish during the early-morning incoming tide. Talasek added that a shark took one basket of 10 trout.
Galveston Bay complex
Guide Steve Soule reported putting a West Bay wade fishing party on 19 speckled trout between 17 and 21 inches. Most were caught on small topwater plugs during the early-morning tide. The trout were following concentrations of mullet.
Trout fishing was hit or miss in the primary bays, reported guide Kris Kelley. Recent groups caught 20 to 30 fish on live croakers over main-bay reefs, but strong currents were a problem, especially when free-lining live baits. Redfish were fair on spoons and topwater lures over grass and mud in back bays.
White bass in open water remained good on spoons, reported Kickapoo Marina. Schools were holding over humps and road beds in 15- to 20-foot water. Some surface-schooling activity was occurring. Black bass remained fair on spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged plastics along edges of brush and logs in 6- to 10-foot water in creeks and coves. Crappie were fair on live shiners over brush in creeks. Bream were good over shallow brush and around docks.
Fayette County Reservoir
Black bass were fair, reported Old Park Lodge. Fish were taking swimming plugs in 6- to 8-foot water over grass. Carolina-rigged plastics were effective along edges of grass and off points in 6- to 12-foot water. Bream were reliable on nightcrawlers in coves. The lake was holding adequate clarity in most areas.
Upper Texas coast
Winds will be south-southeast at 12 to 20 mph this morning, becoming southeast at 12 to 20 mph this afternoon through Sunday morning. Seas in deep water will be 4 to 6 feet today into tonight, and 3 to 5 feet Sunday. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms today and Sunday.
Friday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 82 degrees.
High 5:12 a.m.; low 9:28 p.m.
High 3:55 a.m.; low 8:20 p.m.
High 6:08 a.m.; low 10:05 p.m.
High 4:51 a.m.; low 8:57 p.m
By JOE DOGGETT