Gulf Coast Region Week of January 13, 2021

Sabine Lake
Overall conditions: GOOD. 54-55 degrees. Visibility is around two to three feet in most parts of the lake and is slightly stained. Speckled trout are excellent right now on jig or a soft plastic when you focus on the sand holes. They are in the northern side of the lake, in the ICW or rivers. Most of the fish are found either along the shoreline or deep over mud shell bottoms.
Bolivar
GOOD. 60 Degrees. Speckled trout and redfish can be found in the flats on shrimp or croaker. Black drum are good along drop-offs and around structure or vegetation. Flounder are good near rocks on mullet.
Trinity Bay
GOOD. 59-60 degrees. Speckled trout are good on live shrimp under a popping cork. Redfish are good on mullet or soft plastics and found along the shoreline. Flounder bite is good on croaker.
East Galveston Bay
GOOD. 59 degrees. Speckled trout are good on live shrimp or soft plastics. Redfish are good in the marsh on live mullet, and shrimp. Sheepshead are fair around structure on shrimp.
West Galveston Bay
GOOD. 59 degrees. Redfish and black drum are good near the coves along the south shorelines. Flounder are good on live shrimp. Speckled trout are excellent on shrimp under popping cork in the deeper water.
Texas City
FAIR TO GOOD. 59 degrees. Redfish and speckled trout are good and are found over mud on shrimp or fresh cut mullet. Black drum are good around the bayou on croaker or crab. Flounder are good in the channels on mullet.
Freeport
GOOD. 61 degrees. Redfish and speckled trout are good in the bay on mullet or shrimp. Black drum are good on blue crab around the reefs. Flounder are best along the drains on mullet or minnow. Fish from the boat with live natural baits and artificial baits. For wade fishing and night time flounder gigging, use artificials. The second half of the week will have high fish activity but will drop off over the weekend.
East Matagorda Bay
FAIR TO GOOD. 61 degrees. Speckled trout have slowed down a bit due to the temperature but still bite on live shrimp under popping cork and soft plastics around the reefs. Redfish are good near the shoreline on live mullet or shrimp in the shallow water where it’s warm. Flounder are good on shrimp. Black drum are fair on crab or croaker near vegetation.
West Matagorda Bay
FAIR TO GOOD. 61 degrees. This side of the bay is best for wading since there is a firm bottom and remains the best method for catching fish here. Speckled trout is good on live shrimp or cut mullet along the flats or shoreline. Redfish are good in the marshy areas on croaker. The flounder bite is good around the rocks on mullet.
Port O'Connor
GOOD. 63 degrees. Speckled trout are along the dropoffs and around the flats on shrimp or croaker. Redfish are good in back bays on shrimp. Flounder are good on croaker or mullet in the shallow grass flats. Very high fish activity the second half of the week but will drop off significantly into the weekend.
Rockport
GOOD. 57 degrees. Back lakes and drains are where the speckled trout and redfish have been, and shrimp or croaker are the best baits. Flounder are fair on mullet around the rocks. Black drum are great around Copano Bay on shrimp or croaker.
Port Aransas
GOOD. 61 degrees. Redfish and sheepshead are plentiful along the rocks on the north jetties with live shrimp. Speckled trout are found in the bays using shrimp, mullet, or croaker. Wade fishing is an excellent method along the shallow shorelines. Black drum are good in the drains in the deeper water on shrimp or croaker.
Corpus Christi
GOOD. 60 degrees. On the island, underneath the causeway in deep water, are big black drum and redfish. Speckled trout will be in 2 feet of water and are good on shrimp. Flounder are good around the reefs.
Baffin Bay
GOOD. 52 degrees. Redfish are good in the flats on shrimp. Topwater works on warm sunny days in between cold fronts. Flounder are good on croaker or minnow. Speckled trout are good on shrimp in the shallows. Black drum are good in the channels on shrimp or croaker.
Port Mansfield
GOOD. 65 degrees. With the cold temperatures and super low tides, work the mud and grass for both speckled trout and redfish and work your baits slowly using kwiggler paddle tails and corkies or live shrimp under a popping cork. As the waters warm in the evening, make your way to the west shore, where it will warm up faster. Red snapper is good in Texas waters when you can get out.
South Padre
GOOD. 68 degrees. Redfish are good in the flats fishing with cut bait on bottom rigs. Speckled trout are great and will be in the deeper water and the edges of the ICW. Flounder are good around the rocks on live mullet. Black drum are good along the dropoffs on shrimp.
Port Isabel
GOOD. 68 degrees. Speckled trout and redfish are around the shallow grass flats near Laguna Madre. Flounder are near the rocks and feeding around drains and are caught on mullet or shrimp. Black drum are good on shrimp in the deeper water.

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