Galveston Fishing Pier reported good catches of speckled trout and Spanish mackerel. Several king mackerel were caught recently, but increasing wind may slow the fishing. Influxes of seaweed were a problem in areas.
The Gulf side of Galveston’s North Jetty and the Gulf side of the Surfside Jetty were steady for trout and mackerel during the past few days, but increasing east wind might hamper weekend fishing.
Sabine Lake complex
Speckled trout were fair to good under slicks in the open water of the upper lake. Topwater plugs and soft plastics were effective. Flounder and redfish were fair on live bait near marsh cuts.
Galveston Bay complex
Trout were steady on live shrimp and soft plastics over shell pads in Trinity Bay. Deeper reefs in East Bay, and spoil banks along the Houston Ship Channel were holding fish on moving tides.
Guide Steve Soule reported taking trout to four pounds on topwater plugs and soft plastics while drifting over mud in two- to four-foot water in East Bay.
Black bass were fair to good early and late, reported Lake Fork Marina. Fish were holding off main-lake points and along the dropoff edges of grass in 8- to 16-foot water, where Texas-rigged soft plastics and deep-diving crankbaits were effective. Topwater plugs drew occasional strikes. Night fishermen under recent full moon caught scattered fish on jig-eels and soft plastics.
Choke Canyon Reservoir
Black bass were good, reported Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Fish were holding along dropoffs in 10- to 20-foot water and taking crankbaits and Carolina-rigged plastics. White bass were fair on live minnows and jigging spoons off main-lake points. Crappie were good on minnows and small jigs over brush and off docks.
Upper Texas coast
Winds will be east to southeast at 7 to 12 mph today and variable 5 to 10 mph Sunday. Seas in deep waters will be 2 to 4 feet today, decreasing to 1 to 3 feet Sunday. Skies will be partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms both days.
Friday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 86 degrees.
High 9:34 a.m.; low 12:58 a.m.
High 8:17 a.m.
By JOE DOGGETT