Gulf Coast Region Week of February 1, 2023

Sabine Lake
GOOD. 58 degrees. When the weather allows, fishing is good. Weather is forecasted to improve for the weekend. North Levy and South Levy holding limits of speckled trout on live shrimp and swimbaits. Black Bayou and East Pass holding redfish on shell banks with live shrimp under a popping cork and swimbaits. Limits of redfish in the canals and turnarounds of Bessie Heights Marsh. Sheepshead, drum and redfish at the jetties on live mullet. Look for flounder to start coming in from the gulf biting on jigs tipped with shrimp. Report by Captain Randy Foreman, Captain Randy’s Guide Service Sabine Lake.
Bolivar
GOOD. 59 degrees. Fishing patterns are similar. Fish 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 to Siever’s Cut holding redfish in the grass lines biting on cut bait positioned 12-18 inches under a cork with shrimp, or burner shad. Stingaree’s to Rollover holding redfish in deeper marshes on popping cork with shrimp. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
Trinity Bay
SLOW. 59 degrees. Runoff from the recent heavy rains have left much of the upper reaches of Trinity off-colored. A few speckled trout, black drum, and sheepshead are being caught on live shrimp under popping corks. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing.
East Galveston Bay
GOOD. 60 degrees. Waders catching a few good trout fish up to 6 pounds. A lot of small trout littered along the shorelines. Best baits are mullet imitation plugs and soft plastic lures. A few drum and sheepshead over open bay reefs. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter. Smith Point holding redfish and trout look for the birds. Gas wells in East Bay holding black drum on the bottom with shrimp. Deep Reef to Fat Pat is holding fish under birds on twitch baits and soft plastic. Hanna’s Reef has some fish on deeper sides of reefs. The East Bay reefs are starting to see action with speckled trout early on artificials, twitch bait, or split tails. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
Galveston Bay
GOOD. 59 degrees. Sheepshead bite is good along the shorelines near Eagle Point. Live shrimp under popping corks fished around the old pier pilings and hard shell bottom is the key. A few redfish and trout being caught near Clear Lake and Sylvan Beach shorelines. Soft and hard plastic baits, along with live shrimp is working best. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. The flounder season has been great with a push of flounder throughout the harbor after the last big front. Pelican Bridge holding flounder on both sides on the shores. Redfish, speckled trout and sheepshead are biting on shrimp under popping cork or free-lined near the jetty rocks. SWP holding speckled trout and sheepshead against rocks free-line shrimp or under a cork with shrimp. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
West Galveston Bay
GOOD. 62 degrees. Speckled trout and a few redfish are being caught drifting over deep shell, keying in on streaks of dirty water. Best on soft plastic lures, followed by live shrimp under popping corks. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. Look for sloughs off of the ICW holding fish in calmer water. The sloughs leading to Greens Lake, Carancahua Lake and Chocolate Bay holding redfish and trout biting top water baits early then switch to soft plastics and work plastics slow. Carancahua and Confederate Reefs continue to see action. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
Houston
FAIR. Water stained; 57 degrees; 1.64 feet above pool. Before the cold front crappie and bass were shallow with a few reports of a spawn. Expect this pattern to resume as the weather warms. Reports of crappie stacked up shallow biting on jigs and minnows. Catfish are in 12 feet of water biting on cut bait. Bass are shallow on spinnerbaits or flipping laydowns and stumps. White bass are in the creeks chasing shad biting on slabs. Navigate with caution watching for floating debris.
Texas City
GOOD. 59 degrees. Galveston jetties producing fair catches of sheepshead and keeper drum on live and dead shrimp fished tight to the rocks. Bull redfish and oversized black drum being caught on live crabs and cut bait. The beachfront surf is rough and off-colored. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. The rock barriers between Swan Lake and the dike are holding redfish and sheepshead biting live shrimp. Trout are biting in the same areas on artificial shrimp, in white, Texas roach, purple or chartreuse, or artificial shad in Texas roach and gold glitter shrimp. While the water temperature is cold, work artificials slower than normal. Big black drum and oversized redfish showing up at the Dike on the bottom. Redfish, speckled trout and sheepshead are biting on shrimp under popping cork, or free line near the jetty rocks. Pelican bridge holding flounder. SWP holding speckled trout and sheepshead against rocks on free-lined shrimp or under a cork with shrimp. Black drum starting to show up at Seawolf Park.Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
Freeport
GOOD. 60 degrees. Fishing patterns remain steady. Trout are good in the harbor and bays, using soft plastics or gulp under a popping cork. Redfish are good using soft plastics, gulp under a popping cork, live mullet or cut mullet in the cuts. Drum and sheepshead are good around cuts with oyster using live and dead shrimp. Report by Captain Jake Brown, Flattie Daddy Fishing Adventures.
East Matagorda Bay
SLOW. 60 degrees. When the weather allows wade or drift with artificials lures for redfish and trout. Few catches of sheepshead on live shrimp. Report by Captain Charlie Paradoski, Captain Charlie Paradoski’s Guide Service.
West Matagorda Bay
SLOW. 60 degrees. The water in The Colorado River is fresh after the recent rains, so the bite is slow. This does flush the fish into the bay, so when the weather settles fishing will be good wading or drifting with artificials lures. Few catches of sheepshead on live shrimp. Report by Captain Charlie Paradoski, Captain Charlie Paradoski’s Guide Service.
Port O'Connor
GOOD. 59 degrees. Check the weather forecast before heading out. Trout are good on the outside of the jetties with live shrimp, rootbeer colored artificial shrimp, magic grass soft plastics, and live shrimp. Redfish caught in numbers at the back of the jetties on sardines, and live shrimp. Sheepshead are plentiful everywhere using live or dead shrimp. Report by Captain Marty Medford, Captain Marty’s Fish of a Lifetime Guide Service.
Rockport
GREAT. 60 degrees. After the recent cold front fishing has slowed. Redfish are slow in 4-6 feet of water on live mullet and soft plastics. Trout are slow in 2-4 feet of water using soft plastics and topwaters. Drum are slow in 2-4 feet of water on dead shrimp. Report provided by Damian Hubbs, Mathis Bait Co.
Port Aransas
GOOD. 62 degrees. Redfish, sheephead, drum and trout are biting in the Fina Docks, jetties, and Redfish bay along the ICW on the channel edges using live shrimp. Ellen’s Bayou holding redfish in deeper holes at low tide with shrimp and crab fish bites. Report by Captain Doug Stanford, Pirates of the Bay Fishing Charters.
Corpus Christi
SLOW. 65 degrees. With the cold and windy forecast continue to fish in the deep protected water of Rincon Channel with live shrimp under a popping cork. Report by Captain Doug Stanford, Pirates of the Bay Fishing Charters.
Baffin Bay
SLOW. 64 degrees. This cold snap and North winds have really slowed the bite down for speckled trout. Fish the edge of deeper reefs in six feet of water or less. The drum have really turned on this last week running up and down the drop-offs in about three feet of water using live shrimp under a popping cork. These patterns should continue until Sunday when the forecast improves. Report by Gilbert Barrera, Baffin Bay Hunting and Fishing.
Port Mansfield
GOOD. 70 degrees. Prior to this cold snap fishing was good. Water temperatures were around 70 degrees and fish responded well. Mansfield Knockers and Ball Tails were hot. Most fish were on 2-3 feet of water laying in potholes. Things slowed a bit as a result of this front but things should pick up once the water warms back up. Report by Captain Wayne Davis, Hook Down Charters
South Padre
GOOD. 68 degrees. Catching some black drum mostly south in deeper water. Sheepshead are abundant and scattered, but starting to school up for what may be an early spawn. Redfish are spotty on gas well flats and if you beat boat traffic on Mexiquita Flats. A few flounder at the mouth of the Arroyo with schools of black drum near Three Islands. Lots of undersized trout, very few slot fish but should be the right size by April or May. Report by Captain Lou Austin, Austin Fishing South Padre.
Port Isabel
GOOD. 68 degrees. Catching some black drum mostly south in deeper water. Sheepshead are abundant and scattered, but starting to school up for what may be an early spawn. Redfish are spotty on gas well flats and if you beat boat traffic on Mexiquita Flats. A few flounder at the mouth of the Arroyo with schools of black drum near Three Islands. Lots of undersized trout, very few slot fish but should be the right size by April or May. Stay safe out there. Report by Captain Lou Austin, Austin Fishing South Padre.

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