Galveston Bay complex FISHING REPORT
By DOUG PIKE
Eagle Point Fishing Camp reported a slow start Saturday under west wind, but fishing improved through the day. Trout to 5 pounds were taken by anglers soaking live croakers at Hannah’s Reef.
Also some flounder and trout caught around pier pilings near April Fool’s Point. Water was in good shape under a light wind late.
Galveston Fishing Pier reported good numbers of specks overnight on live bait. Surf turned sandy and a bit choppy throughout the day, but still a few decent strings of whiting on cut bait.
Fishermen using live bait had scattered trout to 3 pounds early, with most fish averaging just better than the minimum keeper size. Also the odd sheepshead or Spanish mackerel lately on live shrimp, and fair numbers of panfish with the occasional red on cut bait.
Capt. Elliott’s Party Boats reported good fishing Friday, but action slowed under strong current Saturday. Excellent numbers of small dolphin taken around floating debris at 45 miles. Also good numbers of amberjack and wahoo coming from structure at 60-plus miles.
Black bass slowed somewhat under high pressure and bright sun, but still a few fish to 5 pounds early on spinnerbaits or worms fished in 4-8 feet of water. Bream good on nightcrawlers or crickets soaked around boat docks and shallow brush. No update on stripers or crappie. Lake was in good shape under light wind late.
Kickapoo Marina reported continued good white bass action on small spoons trolled or jigged over humps along channel edges. Also steady catfish around bulkheads early, moving to deeper water through the day. Black bass steady on crankbaits fished around shallow structure. No update on crappie. Lake was in good shape.
Old Park Lodge reported only a few boats on the water despite excellent weather and water conditions. Best bass action on electric blue worms fished early and late at 6-8 feet. Also a few fish on spinnerbaits at dawn. Catfish good to 4 pounds around riprap on nightcrawlers. Late wind was light.
Wind west-southwest at 5 to 10 mph this morning, southwest 10 to 15 and west-southwest at 10 to 15 mph early Monday. Seas in deep water 1 to 3 feet today and 2 to 4 feet Monday. Partly cloudy both days.
Saturday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 80 degrees.
Highs 5:14 a.m., 1:20 p.m.; lows 10:35 a.m., 9:44 p.m.
Highs 3:57 a.m., 12:03 p.m.; lows 9:27 a.m., 8:36 p.m.
High 6:12 a.m.; low 10:27 p.m.
High 4:55; low 9:19 p.
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