FISHING REPORT USA

FISHING REPORT By JOE DOGGETT
Beachfront
Rough water and sandy to sandy-green currents held along many stretches between High Island and Surfside. Influxes of seaweed were a problem in some areas.

Galveston Fishing Pier reported fair to good fishing for sand trout, whiting, gafftop catfish, redfish and small sharks.

Galveston Bay complex

Several guides reported boxing good numbers of speckled trout in the 2- to 4-pound class recently while drifting fish slicks over reefs in 4- to 6-foot water in East Bay and West Bay. Morning incoming tide was most productive. Scattered birds were working over small trout.

Boaters anchored over spoil banks and shell pads near the Houston Ship Channel in lower Galveston Bay had fair success on live bait and soft plastics, reported Teakwood Marina.

Matagorda Bay complex

Redfish were good in West Matagorda Bay, reported guide Brent Burdett. He put a morning party on 15 fish to 26 inches while wading and casting small topwater plugs. The fish were holding in 3-foot guts near the mouths of coves. Scattered trout were caught on soft plastics along deeper edges of flats. Birds were working open water during late-morning hours and some of the “bird trout” were in the 18- to 20-inch class.

Choke Canyon Reservoir

Black bass were good during the past week, reported Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Fish to 8 pounds were caught on Texas-rigged plastics and jig-craw combinations. White bass were fair on jigging spoons in 15- to 20-foot water off main-lake points. Crappie were fair on minnows and small tailspinners over brush and around pilings.

Houston County Reservoir

Black bass remained fair to good, reported Crockett Family Resort. Fish were caught on Carolina-rigged plastics in 8- to 15-foot water near drop-offs. Early mornings were best. Scattered fish were taking surface lures at dawn and dusk. Bream were good on nightcrawlers near islands and around docks, and crappie were good on live minnows over brush in creek channels.

JOE DOGGETT

Weather

Upper Texas coast

Winds will be southeast at 12 to 17 mph today and southeast at 15 to 22 mph tonight through Thursday. Seas in deep water will be 4 to 6 feet today and 5 to 7 feet tonight through Thursday. Skies will be partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms today and Thursday.

Tuesday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 85 degrees.

Today’s tides

Galveston

High 8:30 a.m.

Freeport

High 7:13 a.m.; low 10:54 p.m.

Thursday’s tides

Galveston

High 9:15 a.m.; low 12:02 a.m.

Freeport

High 7:58 a.m.; low 11:35 p.m.

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