FISHING REPORT Houston
Fishing for largemouth bass has been productive, with some anglers boating 30-50 fish, said Sonny Coody of The Calliham Store.
Best catches have been taken on deep-diving crankbaits fished over main-lake points holding submerged vegetation, Coody said. Most of the fish have hit shad-pattern lures fished 9-10 feet below the surface.
Early and late, topwaters (Spooks, Torpedos), spinnerbaits and jigs fished around shallow vegetation have accounted for good bass action, he said.
Crappie have been caught around points and cover, with the best catches taken 10-15 feet below the surface. Small jigs worked vertically around cover have produced as well as live shiners, he said.
The few anglers on the water have found decent largemouth bass fishing, said Brenda Morris of Cypress Creek Marina. Early and late, topwaters fished around shallow cover have produced decent action, she said.
When the topwater action fades, anglers are slow-rolling spinnerbaits or working plastic worms or crankbaits along main-lake points in 10-15 feet of water.
Crappie fishing has been productive, Morris said. Small jigs (brown/blue) fished around submerged vegetation or brush in the Indian Creek area have accounted for good numbers of crappie.
East Galveston Bay
Anglers on the water at dawn enjoyed a brief session of chasing birds and catching good numbers of sand trout and small speckled trout, reported staff at Stingaree Marina.
But the action was short-lived as strong east wind built, creating rough conditions and slamming the door on the bird action.
A few fair catches of specks have come from protected shorelines where topwaters fished around feeding slicks or pods of mullet and other forage.
Good numbers of sand trout have been taken on dead shrimp fished in the Intracoastal Waterway.
Flounder action has been slow, overall.
A handful of flatfish have been taken in Rollover Bay and around Port Bolivar, with live mud minnows or finger mullet being the best baits.
West Galveston Bay
Before Thursday’s siege of 20-plus-knot easterly wind roughed the bay too much for comfortable fishing, anglers had found scattered flocks of gulls working over feeding sand trout and speckled trout in Chocolate Bay and Bastrop Bay.
Earlier in the week, when north wind was blowing, the bay’s north shoreline produced fair numbers of flounder along with scattered redfish and speckled trout.
Upper and lower Texas coast
Winds northeast 20 to 25 mph today, becoming east 10 to 17 mph Saturday. Seas in deep waters will be 5 to 7 feet today, becoming 3 to 5 feet Saturday. Partly cloudy skies will prevail through Saturday along the upper Texas coast, and mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain along the lower coast.
Thursday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 69 degrees.
Highs 2:43 a.m., 1:43 p.m.;
lows 8:56 a.m., 8:10 p.m.
Highs 1:26 a.m., 12:26 p.m.;
lows 7:48 a.m., 7:02 p.m.
Highs 2:48 a.m., 2:51 p.m.;
lows 8:57 a.m., 8:46 p.m.
Highs 1:31 a.m., 1:34 p.m.;
lows 7:49 a.m., 7:38 p.m.