Recent hot weather has kept fishing pressure light but has not hurt anglers’ success. Several excellent catches of crappie have been taken on live shiners or small jigs fished around brush piles or other cover in 12-14 feet of water, said Johnnie Rizzo of the lake check station.
Catfishing continues to be good, with most anglers baiting their hooks with cutbait (shad, drum) and fishing deep water near channels. The largest cat checked through the station Monday was a 22-pound blue, Rizzo said.
Black bass fishing has been good for some anglers, although most of the fish caught have been modest in size. Anglers reported success on bass by working plastic worms or deep-diving crankbaits around structure in 6-12 feet of water.
Around dawn, topwaters (slushbaits, buzzbaits) fished around patches of lily pads also have drawn strikes, Rizzo said.
Lake Sam Rayburn
Lovers of topwater bass action can find it in the shallows, but only for brief windows around dawn and dusk, guide Roger Bacon said. Chuggers, slushbaits and other “hard” topwaters as well as the soft-plastic “toad” surface lures have worked well around submerged vegetation in 2-5 feet of water.
After about 8 a.m., the shallow bass bite disappears and anglers are backing into deeper water and throwing soft-plastic trick worms, Senkos and flukes, Bacon said.
Best areas are along the edge of submerged vegetation in 6-10 feet of water. Brush piles in 20-30 feet of water are holding concentrations of crappie. Live minnows have been the most productive bait, but small jigs also have worked.
East Galveston Bay
A rare couple of June days with northeast wind, then east wind, jumbled things in the bay. Some areas turned sandy, even muddy.
But anglers able to cope with the changes took good numbers of fish over the past couple of days, said staff at Stingaree Marina.
Best catches continue to come from mid-bay reefs, where anglers are anchoring or drifting and free-lining live croaker or shrimp.
Also, some good catches of speckled trout were reportedly taken along the bay’s north shoreline, particularly in nooks protected from an east or northeast wind.
Upper and lower Texas coast
Winds will be east-northeast at 10-15 mph today into tonight and variable 7-10 mph on Wednesday. Seas in deep waters will be 2-4 feet today into tonight and 1-3 feet on Wednesday. Skies will be partly cloudy both days.
Monday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 86 degrees.
High 6:28 a.m.; low 10:18 p.m.
High 5:11 a.m.; low 9:10 p.m.
High 7:21 a.m.; low 11:10 p.m.
High 6:04 a.m.; low 10:02 p.m.