THE OVERALL CONDITIONS across the area are good and waters in the low-to-mid 70s, making it favorable for bull reds in Texas City and speckled trout in both east and west Galveston Bay. However, with Covid cases continuing to rise, be very mindful and mask up.
Sabine Lake: Overall conditions: GOOD. 72 degrees. Water clarity: stained with visibility two to three feet in most areas around the lake, channel, and marsh. Speckled trout fishing is fair to good, with most fish coming from nearshore areas. Fish are scattered over mud shell bottoms as well as in deeper bayous. Best lures are jig and soft plastics in white, glow, or natural colors with limetreuse tails. Redfish are on the same pattern as the trout and are scattered along shorelines as well. Use the same lures for trout. The flounder run is still on in Sabine Pass Channel along drop-offs and anchorage basins. The best lures to use are live mud minnows or jigs and gulp lures.
Bolivar: GOOD. 76 Degrees. Speckled trout and redfish are hitting in the surf on shrimp. Black drum are good on crab. Flounder are good through the pass or near the rocks on minnow. Sheepshead are slow.
Trinity Bay: GOOD. 72 degrees. The speckled trout action is heating up. Bird activity is good. Speckled trout hit on live shrimp under popping cork and soft plastics. Redfish is good in the marsh on live mullet, soft plastics, and topwater. The flounder bite is excellent.
East Galveston Bay: GOOD. 72 degrees. Speckled trout are good on shrimp around the reefs or under the birds. Redfish are good in the marsh on shrimp. Small speckled trout are under the birds. Sheepshead have been good along the rocks and piers on shrimp. The flounder are good along the ICW spoils and drains.
West Galveston Bay: GOOD. 73 degrees. Speckled trout are great on shrimp, topwaters, or soft plastics around the reefs or shoreline or under the bird. The shell reefs around the ICW and San Luis Pass are great for redfish on shrimp under a popping cork. Flounder are good in the ship channel on mullet.
Texas City: GOOD. 73 degrees. Bull reds and redfish are good around the dike on cut mullet. Redfish and speckled trout are good along the shoreline on shrimp under a popping cork. Flounder are good on minnow around the dike. Black drum are fair on blue crab around deep structure or vegetation.
Freeport: GOOD. 74 degrees. Redfish and speckled trout are good in the back lakes and marshes on fresh-cut mullet or shrimp. Black drum and sheepshead are good on live shrimp around the reefs. Flounder are best along the drains on mullet.
East Matagorda Bay: GOOD. 74 degrees. Speckled trout has picked up with the favorable colder weather. They are caught on live shrimp under popping corks and soft plastics, mainly in the flats. Redfish are very good on plastics and live shrimp. Flounder is excellent on minnows.
West Matagorda Bay: GOOD. 74 degrees. Falling water temps have the speckled trout action heating up. Bird activity is good. Speckled trout is good on live shrimp under popping corks or soft plastics. Redfish are good in the marsh on live mullet, soft plastics, and topwaters. The flounder bite is good.
Port O’Connor: GOOD. 72-73 degrees. Trout are excellent on a combination of live or fresh baits such as shrimp or crab in the shallow sand bars. Redfish continue to be very good in back bays on live shrimp. Tarpon are very good on mullet or pinfish. Flounder are good on minnows or mullet and croakers in vegetation.