Houston USA Fishing Report

Houston USA Fishing Report

Conroe
The lake is about 3 1/2 feet below normal pool level, exposing many previously hidden stumps, sand bars and other dangers to navigations. Boaters are advised to use caution.

With the lake falling, largemouth bass fishing has been tough. Most bass anglers are concentrating their efforts around brush piles, boat docks, piers and other cover in 8-12 feet of water, said Vince Anderson of Stow-A-Way Marina.

Carolina-rig plastic worms (black, June bug) have been the best baits, with deep-diving crankbaits also accounting for a few bass.

Gibbons Creek

Largemouth bass fishing has perked up over the past week or so, reported Johnnie Rizzo of the lake’s check station. Best bass catches continue coming from 12-14 feet of water around humps, timber, brush and other structure. Carolina-rig plastic worms and deep-diving crankbaits have produced.

The lake’s crappie fishing slowed considerably over the past week. But catfishing remains good. Anglers fishing in creeks and coves, baiting with cut shad or perch, have taken good numbers of blue and yellow cats. Some of the best action, including catches of cats weighing as much as 53 pounds, has come at night.

Matagorda

Fishing has been fair in East Matagorda Bay when fishing pressure hasn’t overwhelmed the small system. Guide Mark Talasek reported decent catches of specks in East Bay when mid-week weather allowed access to the open bay.

When wind is up too much for fishing the bay, Talasek has fished the protected environs of the adjacent Colorado River and taken good numbers of specks. Best tactic, he said, has been using heavy (3/8-ounce) jig heads trimmed with soft-plastic tails and allowed to settle deep in the water column. Areas near sand bars have produced best.

Offshore

Seas bumped up to a nasty 5-plus feet under Monday’s gusting wind, trashing any chances of decent fishing in the open Gulf.

But calm seas over the weekend provided good access and scattered fine catches.

Sunday’s trip aboard the Galveston-based partyboat, Capt. John, produced a fair catch of red snapper (88 fish, the top eight weighing 15-18 pounds) along with a handful of Atlantic sharpnose shark, triggerfish, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and lane snapper for the 69 anglers aboard the vessel, reported Patrick Lemire.

The fish were taken on cut bait fished around rocks and other structure in about 110 feet of water 45 miles or so off the island.

Offshore anglers are reminded the recreational red snapper fishery in federally-controlled waters of the Gulf of Mexico closes Oct. 31.

SHANNON TOMPKINS

Weather

Upper Texas Coast

Winds will be northeast 8-17 mph today with seas in deep water at 2-4 feet. Skies will be partly cloudy with a chance for thunderstorms.

Monday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 80 degrees.

Today’s tides

Galveston

High 2:38 a.m.; low 5:31 p.m.

Freeport

High 1:21 a.m.; low 4:23 p.m.

Wednesday’s tides

Galveston

High 2:52 a.m.; low 6:42 p.m.

Freeport

High 1:35 a.m.; low 5:34 p.m.

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