Saltwater Weekly Fishing Report Week of February 22, 2024

Sabine Lake
FAIR. 58 degrees. Bessie Heights Marshes continue to offer anglers a reprieve from the wind while reeling in limits of redfish, sheepshead or drum in the ditches and points off the Neches River. Sabine Lake and Neches River is fresh on the north end, so target fish on the south end focusing on the points and drops. There is good salinity in the deep water of the Intracoastal Canal. Nice speckled trout, redfish, sheepshead and drum can be caught. Freshwater runoff will put the best fishing in the ICW and Sabine Ship Channel going into the gulf. Target shell bottom, mud or muscle flat bottoms with 5 inch morning glory chartreuse artificials or Carolina rigged live shrimp. Report by Captain Randy Foreman, Captain Randy’s Guide Service Sabine Lake.
Bolivar
GOOD. 56 degrees. Few more anglers fishing at the north jetty this past week. Reports of more black drum being caught across the bay along with keeper speckled trout and plenty of redfish using live shrimp and finger mullet. Along the beachfront, anglers reported catches of sand trout, whiting, and redfish. The shark anglers landed a couple in the surf as well as a couple stingrays. At the Texas City dike and flood gates, speckled trout, flounder, and redfish were the predominant catches. The bay temperatures are steady and the water color has been changing back to normal. Report by North Jetty Bait Camp. The ditch has some redfish, with an occasional nice trout, against the grass sides biting popping cork or artificial. Fish the deeper ends of the reefs, or wind protected cuts with popping cork and shrimp. The jetty holding sheepshead and trout on live shrimp close to rocks. Yates Sloughs holding redfish on grass lines close to Sievers Cut fish 12-18 inches under a popping cork with shrimp, or burner shad in black or dark green. Report by Captain Raymond Wheatly, Tail Spotter Guide Service.
Trinity Bay
FAIR. 58 degrees. Water conditions are improving along the upper northwest corner of the bay. Back of Trinity remains fresh. Scattered trout, redfish, black drum, and sheepshead being caught on live shrimp. Sylvan beach shoreline producing a few speckled trout on soft plastics. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. The salinity line is coming back along with the shrimp. Redfish are thick in the major and minor catching them on WACky shad xl with shrimp juice spread on it using seedless shallow around rocks and being caught on live shrimp under a popping cork. Trout are starting to come back being caught drifting with live shrimp and a popping cork and also on twitch baits. Drum and sheepshead are mixed in with redfish being caught on gulp shrimp and live shrimp. Awesome weather ahead, so put a fishing pole in a kids hands because it could change the outcome of their life! Report by Captain Zackary Scott, Zack Attack Fishing.
East Galveston Bay
GOOD. 58-61 degrees. Anglers fishing the marsh finding some redfish and a few black drum, and the occasional speckled trout. Best bite on live shrimp and soft plastics. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. Surface water temperature 61 degrees, water clarity stained for the most part, with a few areas with better clarity in the marsh and back lakes. The fish are becoming more active in both the marsh and bayou areas, as well as shoreline flats with shell, where one can get some protection from the Strong wind and wave action, as we continue to get more salinity back in East Galveston Bay. We had some excellent speckled trout catching action this week, with Rollover Moon and Chartreuse color tails performing the best. The redfish bite remains consistent in areas where good current flow has bait up against the shorelines and grass lines in 1-2 feet of water around oyster shells. As in previous weeks, we just need the winds to cease a little to allow us to fish more of our wintertime, early spring areas that continue to be blown out, with the continual fronts pushing through. Fishing will continue to become more consistent as we push into spring and warmer water temperatures. Report by Captain Jeff Brandon, Get the Net Guide Services, LLC. The sloughs in Yates Bayou are holding redfish on grass lines near Sievers Cut using shrimp 12-18 inches under a cork, or burner shad in black or dark green. Smith Point holding redfish and trout. Deep Reef to Fat Pat is holding fish under birds on twitch baits and soft plastics. Lil Hanna’s has some fish on deeper sides of reefs. The East bay reefs are starting to see more action with specks early then artificials twitch baits, or split tails. Report by Captain Raymond Wheatly, Tail Spotter Guide Service.
Galveston Bay
SLOW. 57 degrees. Clear Lake area producing some speckled trout mostly on hard plastic baits. Low tides and hampered the effort of most anglers. Some fish being caught around the spoil islands on live shrimp. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing.
West Galveston Bay
FAIR. 58 degrees. Fair action on speckled trout, along with the occasional redfish. Best action on artificial lures. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. Look for sloughs off of the ICW holding fish in the calmer water. The sloughs leading to Greens Lake, Carancahua Lake and Chocolate Bayou holding redfish and trout on popping cork and shrimp or topwater baits early, then work soft plastics slowly. Jones Bay and the Diversionary Canal are holding some redfish and trout on popping cork with shrimp. The Mecum’s Reef drop-off holding a few fish early in the day. Report by Captain Raymond Wheatly, Tail Spotter Guide Service.
Texas City
FAIR. 57 degrees. Black drum being caught off the dike and jetties on cut mullet and shrimp. Live shrimp anglers catching some sheepshead, and a few speckled trout off the jetty rocks. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. The Dike is holding redfish and trout along the rocks with scattered drum and flounder. Dickinson Bayou is holding some redfish and drum on popping cork and shrimp or soft plastics. The rock shoals south of the dike are holding fish on popping cork with live shrimp. Sheepshead with an occasional trout and redfish at the entry to Campbell’s Bayou. Report by Captain Raymond Wheatly, Tail Spotter Guide Service.
Freeport
SLOW. 60 degrees. Sheephead, drum, redfish and trout continue to be good in the old river and old intracoastal. Bastrop Bay and Chocolate Bay are good for catches of trout and redfish using live shrimp, or 1/4-⅜ ounce jig heads. Report by Captain Jake Brown, Flattie Daddy Fishing Adventures.
East Matagorda Bay
FAIR. 60 degrees. Typical wintertime fishing that is dependent on the whims of the weather. Target redfish and trout drifting the west end of the bay over shell with artificials. Bait camps are holding live shrimp now. Report by Captain Charlie Paradoski, Captain Charlie Paradoski’s Guide Service.
West Matagorda Bay
FAIR. 60 degrees. Typical wintertime fishing that is dependent on the whims of the weather. Reports of redfish catches in shallow water with cut bait. The Colorado River and Diversionary Canal are on the verge of clearing. As the water temperature warms, wade fishing will turn on. Bait camps are holding live shrimp now. Report by Captain Charlie Paradoski, Captain Charlie Paradoski’s Guide Service.
Port O'Connor
FAIR. 58 degrees. Oversized redfish inside and outside the end of the jetties on Spanish sardines. Redfish are halfway down the jetties on dead shrimp or Spanish sardines. Large drum are spawning with catches up to 60-70 pounds in the flare of the jetties and near Bird Island on blue crab. Report by Captain Marty Medford, Captain Marty’s Fish of a Lifetime Guide Service.
Rockport
GOOD. 60 degrees. Fishing patterns are holding steady as we head into a weekend with a full moon. Sheepshead are moving into the jetties. Good size trout being caught on live shrimp along the jetty rocks. Redfish are good on cut mullet and live shrimp. Redfish and black drum are great on the flats when tides are low fishing the drains and guts on shrimp and mullet. Report by Captain Kenny Kramer, Kramer Fishing Charters.
Port Aransas
FAIR. 60 degrees. Fishing patterns are holding steady as we head into a weekend with a full moon. Sheepshead are moving into the jetties. Good size trout being caught on live shrimp along the jetty rocks. Redfish are good on cut mullet and live shrimp. Redfish and black drum are great on the flats when tides are low fishing the drains and guts on shrimp and mullet. Report by Captain Kenny Kramer, Kramer Fishing Charters.
Corpus Christi
GOOD. 59 degrees. The tides have been high from the afternoon throughout the night before falling in the morning. As the tide drops out in the morning redfish are schooling up dropping from the flats to dropoffs, deeper holes, and knee to thigh deep water biting sardines. Black drum mixed in with the redfish dead shrimp. Sheepshead are showing up at the jetties, but still waiting on the full migration. Speckled trout and sand trout catches free lining shrimp on the well heads. Report by Captain Aerich Oliver, Rockport Paradise Outfitters.
Baffin Bay
SLOW. 64 degrees. It’s been a wonderful week for fishing here in Baffin Bay with some positive changes in weather patterns. The bite has definitely sparked up, and we are seeing more numbers of bigger trout, healthy 5-7 pounds. Bait is lingering up shallow, and the big trout and redfish are following along with them. Always look for signs of life, bait jumping, swirls, brown pelicans floating or diving and slicks. These are all positive signs that an area has a high chance of holding some good quality fish. Lures of choice have been dark colored MirrOlure Little John Xls with a light weight jig head, Custom Corky Fat Boys and Soft-Dines in dark to medium colors and Texas Custom Lures Double D in copper, orange and silver. Throw what you are confident in, best to approach your fishing spot with all the best confidence and mindset at hand. Stay safe out on the water, keep what you need and release the rest and as always tight lines! Report by Captain Reanna DeLaCruz, Captain Reanna’s Baffin Bay Adventures.
Port Mansfield
GOOD. 60-65 degrees. Fishing has been strong for redfish and trout despite higher winds. Anglers are also having to work through floating grass, but slow sinking twitch baits and Wigalo juniors have been able to entice good fish. We are still working potholes in thigh deep water. Good fish are out deeper in grass lines in about 3 feet of water. Report by Captain Wayne Davis, Hook Down Charters.
South Padre
FAIR. 67 degrees. The water is on a warming trend. Limits of trout are being caught in feeder channels leading into the Intracoastal. Larger trout catches of trout using 4 inch white gulp. Redfish are spotty on the Gas Well Flats, but a few oversized 30 pound or more catches at jetties. Sheepshead are spawning and plentiful at the Old Causeway, and on the rocks at the south jetties. Report by Captain Lou Austin, Austin Fishing South Padre.
Port Isabel
FAIR. 67 degrees. The water is on a warming trend. Limits of trout are being caught in feeder channels leading into the Intracoastal. Larger trout catches of trout using 4 inch white gulp. Redfish are spotty on the Gas Well Flats, but a few oversized 30 pound or more catches at jetties. Sheepshead are spawning and plentiful at the Old Causeway, and on the rocks at the south jetties. Report by Captain Lou Austin, Austin Fishing South Padre.

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