Saltwater Weekly Fishing Report Week of May 18, 2022

Sabine Lake
GOOD. 82 degrees. Redfish are good in the Bessie Heights flats. Good early morning topwater bite in the Sabine Pass Channel for redfish with trout mixed.The jetties are producing limits of trout on topwaters, and swims jigs in glo chartreuse color. The water in the ICW has cleared up and the bait fish has moved in. Trout, redfish and oversized reds are good on points, drops and rock piles in 5-15 feet of water free lining shrimp, mullet, and croaker, or using live shrimp under a popping cork. Nice trout with a slower bite near Texaco Island. Limits of speckled trout are coming on the north end with an early morning topwater bite, swimbaits or live shrimp under a popping cork on the first and second pipes off flats. The Neches River is muddy while it is being dredged. Report by Captain Randy Foreman, Captain Randy’s Guide Service Sabine Lake.
Bolivar
GOOD. 82 degrees. Holding nice trout and redfish on the outside of the north jetty using live shrimp under a popping in 3-4 feet of water. Bull redfish are still fair on the bottom of both jetties and in the channel on shad, mullet, and crab. SWP still has redfish at the piers as well as sheepshead at the rocks. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
Trinity Bay
GOOD. 83 degrees. Smith Point to the mouth of the Trinity River is holding speckled trout. Live shrimp and soft plastics are equally effective. The west shoreline is good for speckled trout from Dow's reef to Fisher Shoals. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing.
East Galveston Bay
GOOD. 83 degrees. Those wading with artificial lures during the early morning hours are catching a few speckled trout and redfish. Open bay reef fishing has greatly improved, for those throwing soft plastics and live shrimp under popping corks. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing.
Galveston Bay
GOOD. 84 degrees. Speckled trout fishing is good along the shorelines and open bay structure. Most catches are coming off live shrimp, but croakers are effective. Black drum catches have been really good, on live shrimp. Redfish action is fair, but schools have been in the area off the ship channel. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing.
West Galveston Bay
GOOD. 84 degrees. Waders are landing some nice sized speckled trout using live croakers. Those throwing live shrimp under popping corks are catching a mix of black drum, speckled trout, and redfish. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing.
Texas City
GOOD. 79 degrees. Anglers fishing with big rods and baits, are catching plenty of bull redfish and large sharks, off the jetty rocks. Those throwing lighter tackle and live shrimp at the rocks are landing keeper redfish, black drum, sheepshead, and speckled trout. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. Holding trout, sheepshead and a few redfish at the Dike early in the morning on live shrimp under popping corks. Dollar Point to Miller Point starting to hold some trout biting on artificials. Moses Lake still has trout and redfish on live or artificials. You may catch the occasional gar on live mullet. Eagle Point to April Fool’s holding trout along the shore. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
Freeport
GOOD. 81 degrees. Trout and redfish are good on live shrimp, and croakers fishing the bridge and guts along the sand bars. Wading the guts at the pass and south shore of west bay has been good on topwaters and soft plastic lures. Flounder, drum and sheepshead are good in the cuts on live shrimp. Report by Captain Jake Brown, Flattie Daddy Fishing Adventures.
East Matagorda Bay
FAIR. 82 degrees. Waiting for the winds to die down so the surf and channels can clear up. Fishing with bait is producing better than with artificials. Few trout catches are sporadic. Redfish and drum are biting live shrimp under a popping cork. Report by Captain Charlie Paradoski, Captain Charlie Paradoski’s Guide Service.
West Matagorda Bay
GOOD. 82 degrees. Waiting for the winds to die down so the surf and channels can clear up. Fishing with bait is producing better than with artificials. Trout catches are sporadic. Redfish and drum are biting live shrimp under a popping cork. Report by Captain Charlie Paradoski, Captain Charlie Paradoski’s Guide Service.
Port O'Connor
GOOD. 81 degrees. Fishing is good at the jetties. Redfish are good on live and dead shrimp. Trout are good on live croaker. Large drum are biting good on dead shrimp. Bull redfish are good in the channel. Report by Captain Marty Medford, Captain Marty’s Fish of a Lifetime Guide Service.
Rockport
GREAT. 82 degrees. FIshing is great despite the persistent winds. Redfish are great in 2-6 feet of water in sand pockets on menhaden, or drifting with soft plastics. Trout are good in 2-6 feet of water on live shrimp and soft plastics. Drum are good in 2-6 feet of water on dead shrimp. Waders are finding good success on trout and redfish in the early morning on live bait and plastics. Report provided by Damian Hubbs, Mathis Bait Co.
Port Aransas
GOOD. 82 degrees. South jetties are producing slot redfish, Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, and black drum in 15-25 feet of water using cut mullet and live shrimp. Aransas Bay holding redfish near Trailer Island biting on cut mullet and menhaden. Turtle Island Bayou has good black drum biting on shrimp. Redfish Bay has nice redfish in front and behind Dagger Island on cut mullet and menhaden in 2-3 feet of water. Trout are good using croaker. Remember trout need to be 17-23 inches long with a three fish limit. Report by Captain Doug Stanford, Pirates of the Bay Fishing Charters.
Corpus Christi
SLOW. 81 degrees. Redfish are good around Shamrock Island using cut mullet cut menhaden, and croaker on the rocks. Nice trout with a few perch and lady fingers mixed in biting on shrimp. If you catch a lady finger, keep it to use as bait for redfish. Report by Captain Doug Stanford, Pirates of the Bay Fishing Charters.
Baffin Bay
GOOD. 81 degrees. Fishing has been great with many nice catches of trout, and few redfish and flounder using live shrimp under a popping cork. Report provided by Gilbert Barrera, Baffin Bay Hunting and Fishing.
Port Mansfield
FAIR. 82 degrees. Flounder are very good along the flats near the intracoastal tossing soft plastics slowly along the bottom. Redfish and trout are fair to good tossing topwaters such as the Mansfield Knockers over grass beds in 2-3 feet of water. Offshore is heating up with snapper when seas permit. Report by Captain Wayne Davis, Hook Down Charters.
South Padre
GOOD. 80 degrees. Winds are still blowing, but it is still fishable. If you are looking for redfish this is a good time because they are everywhere. Redfish with a few trout mixed in are good from the gas well flats to the Mansfield channel, and around the oyster reefs in the south bay. Flounder are staging on edges of channels and potholes. Mangrove snapper are at the jetties and end of Brownsville Channel. Have fun and stay safe out there. Report by Captain Lou Austin.
Port Isabel
GOOD. 80 degrees. Winds are still blowing, but it is still fishable. If you are looking for redfish this is a good time because they are everywhere. Redfish with a few trout mixed in are good from the gas well flats to the Mansfield channel, and around the oyster reefs in the south bay. Flounder are staging on edges of channels and potholes. Mangrove snapper are at the jetties and end of Brownsville Channel. Have fun and stay safe out there. Report by Captain Lou Austin.

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