REGARDLESS OF WHERE you fish, make sure you’re wearing a mask. The forecast is good across the area, so be smart and protect yourself and other anglers while enjoying the hot yet solid fishing conditions.
Trinity Bay: GOOD. 83-85 degrees. Look for the birds. The fish will typically be under them. Fishing the flats remains to be the best method to fish for both redfish and speckled trout. The northwestern and eastern sides of the bay are still solid. Flounder are fair around rocks using mullet or minnow.
East Galveston Bay: GOOD. 83-85 degrees. Redfish and speckled trout are still high in numbers along the shorelines and near the jetties. You can also find them in the deep water around structure like reefs. Soft plastics or shrimp are great. Catfish are good on shad. Sheepshead are good and will be found primarily around rocks on minnow.
West Galveston Bay: GOOD. 83-85 degrees. Deepwater, along with structure, is the crucial element. The reefs and other structures located around the ship channel will be good areas to find speckled trout. Soft plastics like Bass Assassins, Norton Sand Eels produce exceptionally well. Topwaters can be great for midday use. Redfish are schooled up and roaming the open bays.
Texas City: GOOD. 85-87 degrees. Redfish and speckled trout are best along the shoreline on live bait or soft plastics. Flounder are good on live bait around the jetties and wherever there are rocks. Black drum are fair on blue crab over grass. Sheepshead are fair around the dike on mullet or minnows.
Freeport: GOOD. 84-85 degrees. Redfish and speckled trout will be found in the back bay around shell and marsh and are good on shrimp. Sheepshead will be found around the oyster reefs and rocks and are good on live bait. Flounder are good around the rocks on mullet. Black drum are fair on blue crab, slow bouncing off the bottom over grass.
East Matagorda Bay: GOOD. 83 degrees. Redfish and flounder are good at the Oyster Farm and at Three Mile Reef on chartreuse and roach Sand Eels, Trout Killers and BassAssassins. The shallow shoreline south of the reef can be good for gigging flounder. Look for trout and redfish where the reef drops off into deeper water. Look for bait activity as a clue as to where the fish will be.
West Matagorda Bay: GOOD. 83 degrees. Wading remains to be the best method to beat the heat. Sand and grass shorelines along this side of the bay have held scattered catches of trout on topwaters and soft plastics. Black drum are fair on blue crab above the grass. Redfish and trout are good on live bait and will be around reefs. Flounder are good on shrimp around the rocks.
Port O’Connor: GOOD. 82-84 degrees. Stable winds provide excellent fishing opportunities with healthy numbers of speckled trout over mid-bay structure and by wading the shorelines. The fishing pier is great for redfish, trout, and flounder. Back Lakes airboat fishing for solid Redfish has also been excellent.