DESPITE THE FAILURE of a cold front reaching the area, the forecast is great for fishing as we enter the middle portion of the month. The area is rich in opportunity, with Freeport standing as the head of the area’s class. Water temps continue to remain in the mid-to-upper 80 as speckled trout, bull reds and redfish are abundant.
Trinity Bay: GOOD. 86-87 degrees. Speckled trout and redfish are good among the flats on shrimp under a popping cork. Flounder is good on minnow around the rocks. The north and northwest shoreline is a great area year-round due to the generating station. The cooling canal flows into the north side. Work the structure and watch for what’s under the birds.
East Galveston Bay: GOOD. 86-87 degrees. Inshore hasn’t been as great as offshore, but still pretty decent action. The reef areas along the south side are best for speckled trout and redfish using mullet or croaker.
West Galveston Bay: GOOD. 86 degrees. Offats Bayou has produced some decent fish in the morning hours. The shell reefs around the ICW and San Luis Pass are great for speckled trout and redfish on shrimp. Topwaters are the best choice for wading. Shrimp is great for everything else.
Texas City: GOOD. 87-88 degrees. Bull reds are showing up around the dike in decent numbers. Use cut mullet. Redfish and speckled trout are good along the shoreline on shrimp under a popping cork and soft plastics. Flounder are good on minnow around the rocks. Black drum are good on blue crab around deep structure. Sheepshead are fair around the rocks on mullet or minnows.
Freeport: VERY GOOD. 87 degrees. Most of the fish are going to be in the deeper waters where the cool water is. Speckled trout are good around San Luis Pass on shrimp, MirrOlures, and soft plastics. Redfish, Black Drum, and sheepshead are good on live Shrimp under popping cork around the reefs.
East Matagorda Bay: GOOD. 88 degrees. Drifting the big mudflats is the best method for redfish or speckled trout on live shrimp or croaker. Look for a green tide loaded with bait.
West Matagorda Bay: GOOD. 88 degrees. Redfish have been excellent using topwaters and Bass Assassins. There are a lot of guts running through the beds that are deep with slightly cooler water. Trout will use these to move from deeper water into the flats or from the flats to deeper water.
Port O’Connor: GOOD. 86 degrees. Unchanged. Speckled trout are near the ICW and in deep water transition and are good on cut mullet. Redfish have been good on shrimp under a popping cork. Black drum are good on crab around deep structure. Concentrate on flats that are close to deep water, throw topwaters in the morning.