TEXAS FISHING REPORT

TEXAS FISHING REPORT

Conroe

Catfishing remains strong around baited holes in deep water. Guide Debby Watson reported good catches of catfish, including some fish weighing as much as 3 pounds, on chicken liver fished around baited areas in 20-22 feet of water.

Trolling deep-diving plugs trailing a small Pet spoon has accounted for good catches of white and hybrid bass, said guide Butch Terpe. Monday morning, his clients landed seven “keeper” hybrids weighing 4-6 pound, almost two-dozen undersize (2-3-pound) hybrids and more than a dozen keeper white bass.

The fish were taken by trolling over humps, points and ridges topping out 18-20 feet below the surface.

Rayburn

Topwaters are producing scattered largemouth bass when fished around cover very early and very late in the day. A variety of topwaters — chuggers, small Spooks, Spittin’ Im age — have worked, said guide Roger Bacon.

Once sun hit the water and the topwater bite shuts down, bass anglers are plumbing the edges of grass beds in 5-12 feet of water with Texas-rig plastic worms (red bug, plum/apple) or chartreuse/blue crankbaits and taking a few bass.

Crappie fishing continues good around brush piles in 25-30 feet of water. Bacon reported guided groups are landing 50-100 fish per trip. Live shiners have been the best bait, but small jigs (spring minnow, albino shad) are increasingly effective, he noted.

Matagorda

Fishing has been hot and cold, with some of the best catches coming from West Matagorda Bay where shorelines, cuts and reefs have produced scattered catches of speckled trout and redfish.

Live shrimp suspended under a popping cork and fished in some of the bay’s cuts during an outgoing tide has produced fair numbers of speckled trout, reported guide Mark Talasek.

Waders working the grassy flats on the Port O’Connor end of West Matagorda also have found pockets of trout, Talasek reported. Soft-plastic baits have been the best bets, with incoming tide producing the best action, he noted.

Galveston Bay

Scattered catches of speckled trout and redfish were reported from several areas, but anglers have had trouble finding concentrations of fish.

Some of the best catches of specks have been taken by anglers drift-fishing live croaker, reported Johnny Valentino of Eagle Point Fish Camp. Only a few boats have scored limit catches, but most boats are reporting at least fair action.

Trout have come from reefs, spoil banks and other structure such as wells, Valentino said. Several good catches of redfish, including a lot of over-size reds, have been taken by anglers fishing around Redfish Island and the wells in the Exxon A Lease region.

SHANNON TOMPKINS

Weather

Upper Texas coast

Winds will be variable at 5 to 10 mph today and south 8 to 15 mph Wednesday. Seas in deep waters will be 1 to 3 feet today and Wednesday. Skies will be partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms both days.

Monday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 86 degrees.

Today’s tides

Galveston

Highs 10:46 a.m., 11:48 p.m.;
lows 3:42 a.m., 5:40 p.m.

Freeport

Highs 9:29 a.m., 10:31 p.m.;
lows 2:34 a.m., 4:32 p.m.

Wednesday’s tides

Galveston

High 11 a.m.;
lows 4:48 a.m., 6:26 p.m.

Freeport

High 9:43 a.m.;
lows 3:40 a.m., 5:18 p.m

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