GOOD. 82 degrees. Fishing slowed due to the west winds, heat wave and low tides. The bite should improve in the lake and the jetties as we head into the weekend. The marsh is good for catches of redfish, flounder and trout along the intracoastal canal flats using a popping cork with live shrimp. Flounder are good on the Texaco Islands bulkheads and rock piles with plastics tipped with shrimp. Neches River is full of bait and produces catches of redfish and bull redfish in 15 feet of water fishing silver and gold spoons off the bottom. Flounder, redfish and undersized trout are in the turnarounds live shrimp under a popping cork. Shrimp still trickling out of marsh into Sabine Lake with some bird action to accompany. Report by Captain Randy Foreman, Captain Randy’s Guide Service Sabine Lake.
GOOD. 80 degrees. The surf is holding lots of black drum, pompano, sharks and redfish biting live or fresh dead shrimp. The North Jetty Gulf side holding limits of sheepshead and trout against Rocks look near the end on popping cork with shrimp. The wreck has good numbers of trout on free-line shrimp or croaker close to rocks. Channel side holding some nice trout close and big redfish on the bottom. Shark on the end of jetty towards gulf side. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
SLOW. 86 degrees. Open bay rough and off colored. far northwest corner of the bay system is producing numbers of black drum and redfish on live shrimp. Speckled trout bite is slow overall, with a few fish coming from the northwest region of the bay. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing.
East Galveston Bay
FAIR. 87 degrees. Open bay water is off-colored due to southwest winds. Best catches coming from protected shorelines, few speckled trout and redfish on soft plastic and live shrimp. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter. Surface water temps 85 degrees, water clarity good in most places within East Galveston Bay. Winds have been out of the Southwest most of the week, in the 12-25 mph range, making it difficult to fish the open water reefs on most days. When the conditions allow, we have been catching solid trout and bull reds over reefs, making for some great fun. When the wind is up, we have been limited to fishing drains, grass lines, and protected shell beds. This week we have been throwing White Ice artificials, as well as shrimp imitation lures under popping corks, with both working well when we locate bait fish and shrimp in the area. Birds are still working in the bay, but this week they only produced small trout and plenty of gafftop when we found them. Please remember to drink plenty of water and bring plenty of sunscreen, as we have ventured into the time of year when it gets extremely hot on the water and it is critical you stay hydrated and do not get overheated or sunburned. Report by Captain Jeff Brandon, Get the Net Guide Services, LLC. Yates Bayou and Siever’s Cut are still holding redfish against grass line on popping cork and shrimp. Hanna’s Reef and Deep Reef are holding fair numbers of speckled trout early on shrimp under a popping cork or twitching artificial paddle tails. Look for birds, baitfish and slicks- watermelon smell in the air look down and you may find a slick. Deep Reef, Pepper Grove Cove to Moody’s Pass holding fish. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
FAIR. 87 degrees. Speckled trout catches slow overall due to off colored water in the open bay. A few trout showing up along protected rock groins, along with good numbers of black drum and a few sheepshead, with the occasional redfish. Best bite on live shrimp. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. The piers on the island are on fire for redfish, sharks, and jack crevalle. Before the storm the surf was on fire from Pleasure Pier to Surfside is hot for redfish, speckle trout, pompano, jacks all on live shrimp under a popping cork, croaker on an OCTO Circle with small chatterweight. The South Jetty holding big redfish, some nice shark on the end. gulf side on fire speckled trout, sheepshead, pompano and redfish close to rocks on popping cork with live bait, free-lined shrimp, or Carolina rigged float with shrimp, or chatter weight and croaker. Channel side holding trout close to rocks popping cork with live shrimp. 61st Pier has some bulls with a few jack crevalle mixed in being caught on spoons as well as bait. The causeway and Pelican Island Bridge are holding redfish. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
West Galveston Bay
GOOD. 88 degrees. Far west side of San Luis Pass producing scattered catches of speckled trout by those wading. Campbell’s Bayou and Swan Lake few trout being caught on live shrimp, along with black drum, and the occasional redfish. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. West Bay’s South Shore holding a lot of speckled trout and redfish around the coves and grass lines from south deer Island to San Luis pass. Both sides of Bird Island holding fish Bird Island flats holding good numbers of speckled trout, and some redfish for Wade Fisherman. North shorelines between Carancahua and green cut holding fish under birds. Mecoms Reef will have fish on it early up by rocks with artificial or live bait free-line or under cork. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
FAIR. Water stained; 85 degrees; 0.07 feet above pool. Catfish are good in 15-20 feet of water on shad and cut bait. Crappie are good on submerged structures with jigs and minnows. Bass are fair with an early morning topwater bite, transitioning to deeper structure with soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are starting to school biting humps with slabs and rattletraps.
FAIR. 85 degrees. Speckled trout catches on the slow side with some trout being taken along the Galveston jetty rocks with live natural baits such as shrimp and live croakers. A few slot redfish in the mix, with some keeper black drum and sheepshead. Texas City Dike fishing at night is fair for speckled trout. Offshore fishing on hold till seas subside. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. The Dike has trout at night under lights as does SWP day and night free line shrimp or under Popping cork the Fish are near the rocks. Campbell holding fish under birds. Limits of trout near the rocks early live shrimp. Mosquito Island holding trout and occasional redfish early. Moses Lake holding fish under birds early. Fish holding near the piers from top water grill to eagle point. Gas wells in front of Topwater all the way to A1 has good trout action on Croaker. Todd’s Dump holding some fish. Be careful around the channel, the ships push big waves and you can get in trouble if you do not pay attention. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
FAIR. 80 degrees. Fishing is steady in the bays for trout, redfish and gafftop along the south shorelines using live shrimp under popping cork. Wade fishing the south shorelines throwing down south lures and topwater early in the morning will land catches of trout, redfish and flounder. Harbor is good for trout, redfish, flounder, mangroves snapper and sheephead using live shrimp. Report by Captain Jake Brown, Flattie Daddy Fishing Adventures.
East Matagorda Bay
SLOW. 80 degrees. Southwest winds and weak tides slowed the bite, which is a norm for this time of the year. Best success for trout and redfish will be wade fishing protected shorelines with clear water when the weather is hot and windy like it is now. The winds are forecasted to change as we head into the weekend. This should improve the tides and lower the air temperature. Report by Captain Charlie Paradoski, Captain Charlie Paradoski’s Guide Service.
West Matagorda Bay
FAIR. 80 degrees. Southwest winds and weak tides slowed the bite, which is a norm for this time of the year. Best success for trout and redfish will be wade fishing protected shorelines with clear water when the weather is hot and windy like it is now. The winds are forecasted to change as we head into the weekend. This should improve the tides and lower the air temperature. Report by Captain Charlie Paradoski, Captain Charlie Paradoski’s Guide Service.
GOOD. 80 degrees. Trout are good freeling live croaker at Bird Island and at the back of the jetties. Oversized redfish are good inside of the north jetty on Spanish sardines. Slot redfish are spotty in the middle of the jetties on Spanish sardines. Water is muddy to high winds slowing the bite for all other species. Report by Captain Marty Medford, Captain Marty’s Fish of a Lifetime Guide Service.
GREAT. 80 degrees. Redfish are great in 2-4 feet of water on grass flats and wind blown shorelines on cut bait and soft plastics. Trout are great in 4-6 feet of water on natural colored soft plastics and live shrimp under a popping cork. Drum are good in 4 feet of water on dead shrimp and gulp. Report provided by Captain Damian Hubbs, Top Gun Outfitters.
GOOD. 80 degrees. Redfish are at the ends of the jetties when the wind allows using cut or live mullet. You can catch mullet along the rocks with a net. Lydia Ann Channel along Quarantine Shores holding trout on croaker in 5-6 feet of water, closer to the bank under the birds throw cut or live mullet for redfish. Same pattern for trout and redfish from Trailer Island to Trout Bayou. Dagger Island the windy side holding redfish on cut mullet or menhaden. Pelican Island has a few catches of trout but the water is murky so the bite can be slow on croaker, so use rattles on your bait to keep it down from the birds. Report by Captain Doug Stanford, Pirates of the Bay Fishing Charters.
GOOD. 78 degrees. The water has been murky and muddy in the bay. Fishing is good near Ingleside on the backside of Berry Island. Wade or fish from the boat in the grass flats for redfish. Trout can be caught on the rocks with coraker. Report by Captain Doug Stanford, Pirates of the Bay Fishing Charters.
GREAT. 80 degrees. Fishing has been great as the weather continues to heat up. The wind is picking up, which is great for the oxygen levels after a span of calm days. Redfish and trout are cruising grass lines, grass beds and over rocks. Grass lines have been producing limits of redfish and trout, with paddle tails, topwaters and swimbaits. These redfish and trout are nestled in the grass surrounding a sand bed waiting to ambush baitfish swimming along. Popping corks with gulp over rocks and drop offs are very effective as well right now. Remember to stay patient this time of year, when the wind lays down and the temperature rises, the fish tend to rest during that time and become less active. Drag a small profile lure on bottom for trout or right in front of a redfish cruising along when sight casting to persuade a strike. Traffic has significantly increased on our Bay, continue to stay safe and as always tight lines! Report by Captain Reanna, Captain Reanna’s Baffin Bay Adventures. Heat, wind, and low tides have not produced ideal fishing conditions this last week. Fish have moved out of the shallows, with a few catches of trout on the rocks with croaker. Fishing should improve as the tide rises this weekend. Report by Gilbert Barrera, Baffin Bay Hunting and Fishing.
GOOD. 91 degrees. Extreme heat and high winds have made it challenging for wade anglers this last week. Early mornings have been best for trout and redfish using topwaters, then switching to plastics shortly after sunrise. The best bites are on deep ledges and drop offs. Report by Captain Wayne Davis, Hook Down Charters.
EXCELLENT. 85 degrees. Fishing is slow due to winds and heat, but it should improve as we head into the weekend. Plenty of trout in deeper water. Intracoastal holding redfish on flats. Red snapper are good, but difficult to catch due to sea conditions with wind. King mackerel are at the jetties. Stay safe out there. Report by Captain Lou Austin, Austin Fishing South Padre.
SLOW. 85 degrees. Fishing is slow due to winds and heat, but it should improve as we head into the weekend. Plenty of trout in deeper water. Intracoastal holding redfish on flats. Red snapper are good, but difficult to catch due to sea conditions with wind. King mackerel are at the jetties. Stay safe out there. Report by Captain Lou Austin, Austin Fishing South Padre.