FISHING REPORT By JOE DOGGETT Beachfront
Moderate southeast wind held along the upper coast, upgrading midweek potential. Surf was small and sandy-green along most stretches between High Island and Surfside. Recent pier catches included speckled trout, Spanish mackerel and jackfish, plus the usual bottom feeders. Freeport’s Surfside Jetty was fair for trout on live shrimp and piggy perch. Panfish and scattered drum and redfish were caught. Good water clarity in the channel.
Galveston Bay complex
Deeper reefs were productive for drifters using live shrimp under popping corks. Waders in upper East Bay and lower West Bay reported flurries of early-morning topwater action on trout. San Luis Pass was fair for flounder and occasional trout on live shrimp and soft plastics.
Trout and redfish were fair to good, reported Bay Flats Lodge. Leeward shorelines of barrier islands and spoil banks were productive for waist-deep waders working near dropoffs. Topwater plugs and soft plastics were effective in warming, rising tides. Sandy water in the open bays discouraged live-bait drifters.
Crappie remained fair to good whenever the weather allows boats to work open water, reported guide Butch Terpe. Live shiner minnows and small jigs were effective over brush piles in 14- to 18-foot water. Guide Debby Watson reported good catches of white bass and hybrid bass in 20- to 24-foot water off main-lake points. One-ounce jigging spoons were effective.
Black bass were fair, reported Kickapoo Marina. Texas-rigged plastics, shallow-running crankbaits and spinnerbaits were effective in 3- to 8-foot water along edges of dropoffs in creeks and coves. White bass were fair for boaters jigging or trolling with spoons over main-lake structure, wind permitting. Crappie were fair on minnows in creeks. The lake was holding at pool level with adequate clarity and the dam was releasing 1,500 cubic feet per second.
Winds along the upper coast will be southeast 18-25 mph today decreasing to 15-22 mph this evening, and 20-27 mph today dropping slightly to 18-25 tonight along the lower coast. Seas in deep waters will be 5-7 feet along the upper coast and 6-8 feet along the lower coast. Conditions will be mostly to partly cloudy.
Tuesday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 73 degrees.
Low 12:20 a.m.; High 9:30 a.m.
High 8:13 a.m.; Low 11:57 p.m.