Moderate south wind settled along the upper coast. Tides were running at near-normal levels and water clarity was sandy-green. Inshore water readings were in the upper 60s, up several degrees from the midweek. Recent pier catches included redfish, croaker, whiting, and sand trout. Galveston jetties were fair for redfish during periods of moving tide.
Galveston Bay complex
Fishable clarity held in the primary bays. Bird activity was reported in Trinity Bay, upper West Bay and lower West Bay. Shell reefs in 3- to 6-foot water remained reliable for specks on soft plastics or live shrimp. Flounder fishing was fair on live baitfish and shrimp in marsh cuts and passes during moving tides. Croaker were good on dead shrimp near the Galveston Causeway and Sea Wolf Park.
Trout were fair to good, reported guide Lynn Smith. Topwater plugs and soft plastics were effective for waders working main-bay shorelines. Most of the fish were in the 18- to 20-inch class. Scattered keeper-sized redfish were mixed with the trout. Guide Chris Martin reported good catches of redfish on soft plastics over sand and shell. Water clarity was good in many areas and resumption of Gulf wind should increase water levels in back bays.
Black bass were good, reported guide Will Kirkpatrick. Fish were active between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on spinnerbaits slow-rolled over submerged grass beds along edges of creek channels in 8- to 12-foot water. Isolated patches of grass also were holding fish. Soft plastics were effective during afternoon hours but many of the bass were small. The lake was approximately 4 1/2 feet below pool with good clarity in most areas.
Houston County Lake
Black bass were fair, reported Crockett Family Resort. Fish to 5 pounds were caught early and late on topwater plugs worked off brushy points in 6- to 10-foot water in the upper lake. Smaller bass were active in 3- to 5-foot water. Crappie were fair to good suspended about midway down in 15- to 20-foot water near the dam. The lake was approximately 2 feet below pool, with the best clarity in protected shallows.
Upper and lower Texas coast
Winds will be south-southeast at 15-22 mph today and south-southeast at 10-17 mph tonight and Sunday. Seas in deep water will be 5-7 feet this morning, 3-5 feet tonight and 2-4 feet Sunday. Skies will be partly cloudy today and Sunday.
Friday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 67 degrees.
High 9:27 p.m.; low 11:46 a.m.
High 8:10 p.m.; low 10:38 a.m.
High 10:52 p.m.; low 12:43 a.m.
High 9:35 p.m.; low 11:35 a.m.