Early mornings, soft-plastic surface lures (Horny Toad, Scum Frog) worked around vegetation (hydrilla, mostly) matted on the surface has produced some good catches of largemouth bass, reported guide Roger Bacon.
During the middle of the day, Carolina-rig Super Flukes or “trick” worms worked along ledges in 8-15 feet have taken bass. Watermelon and plum have been the best-producing colors.
Crappie fishing has been strong, Bacon said. Fish are holding around brush tops in fairly deep water. Live minnows have been the go-to crappie bait. But when wind is down, anglers have been able to use small (1/16-ounce) jigs with pink/white or cinnamon/blue plastic bodies and taking good numbers of crappie, Bacon said.
Largemouth bass fishing has been fair, with a few folks taking solid catches while others have to work for a couple of fish.
The lake level is about 4 feet below normal pool. That has anglers looking for spots fish will hold under the low-water conditions.
Most of the best recent catches have come around structure (riprap, timber, brush) in less than 8 feet of water. The 19.02-pound, five-bass stringer that won Stow-A-Way Marina’s Sunday morning bass tournament came out of less than 6 feet of water, said marina operator Vince Anderson.
A few of the bass are heavy-weights.The contest’s biggest bass was a hefty 7.67-pounder.
Plastic worms, spinnerbaits and shallow-running crankbaits have been the best producers.
Catfishing remains productive around baited pots along channels, reported guide Butch Terpe. Most of the fish are 1-2-pound channel cats.
A few white bass and mostly-undersize hybrid bass have been taken by trolling over humps, ridges and points topping out 15-17 feet below the surface, Terpe said.
Scattered good catches of speckled trout and redfish were taken over the weekend from sand-bottom flats holding scattered grass and shell. Guide Chris Martin reported his best success has been working flats holding scattered shell. Mullet-imitation plugs (pearl/chartreuse) have produced good catches, as have topwaters (chrome Super Spook Jr.) fished in areas holding scattered shell and laced with small channels or other uneven bottom.
The jetties have produced good catches of large redfish. Smaller reds have been holding on the flats and, when tides have been normal, in back-bay lakes and cuts.
Those fishing from the T-head of the Galveston Fishing Pier managed good catches of large gafftop, a smattering of bull redfish and a couple of sharks, said pier staff Jack Chandler. The gafftop and bull reds hit cut menhaden or mullet.
Closer to the shore, dead bait fished on bottom accounted for fair numbers of whiting and sand trout .
This past weekend, the pier changed to its autumn/winter schedule, opening at 6 a.m. and closing at midnight on weekdays, opening 24 hours over the weekend until closing at midnight Sunday night.
Upper and lower Texas coast
Winds southeast to south-southeast 12 to 17 mph today and 8 to 15 mph on Wednesday. Seas in deep water 3 to 5 feet today and subsiding to 2 to 3 feet on Wednesday. Skies partly cloudy with isolated showers both days. A chance of early morning inland fog.
Monday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 73 degrees.
Low 2:55 p.m.
High 10:55 p.m.; low 1:47 p.m.
High 12:12 a.m.; low 4:07 p.m.
High 11:12 p.m.; low 2:59 p.m.