Gulf Coast Region Week of June 7, 2023

Sabine Lake
GOOD. 80 degrees. Limits of trout at the jetties and in the channel live shrimp under a popping cork. Channel is holding redfish on the bulkheads and rock piles. In Sabine Lake redfish are on points in the bayous using shrimp on a popping cork or quarter ounce jigheads with red shad plastics. Shrimp continue to dribble out of the marsh. Some birds are working outgoing tides in the evening leading the way to trout and redfish using a quarter ounce glo chartreuse. North Levee is on fire for speckled trout usinf silver and white crankbaits. ICW is holding nice trout in 4-14 feet using glo chartreuse plastics. Report by Captain Randy Foreman, Captain Randy’s Guide Service Sabine Lake.
Bolivar
GOOD. 74 degrees. The surf is starting to hold black drum, pompano, small sharks and the occasional redfish. The gulf side of the north jetty is holding limits of sheepshead and trout against the rocks at the end using a popping cork with shrimp, free-line shrimp or croaker. Channel side holding some nice trout and big redfish on the bottom. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
Trinity Bay
SLOW. 83 degrees. Eastern shoreline is producing catches of redfish on shallow shell. West shoreline good for speckled trout and a few redfish. Live shrimp, croakers and soft plastic have been effective. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing.
East Galveston Bay
FAIR. 84 degrees. Decent numbers of speckled trout being caught over open bay reefs, such as Hanna's and Deep Reefs, using live shrimp and soft plastics. Birds working in the eastern end of the bay. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter. Surface water temps 84 degrees, water clarity very good in most places within East Galveston Bay. Good number of baitfish and shrimp over shell and grass lines, as well as open water reefs and the predators have been close by. We have been utilizing live shrimp, under a popping cork, as well as paddle tails and ¼ ounce jig heads on our artificial only charters. However, this week our success rates increased on shrimp imitation lures under popping corks and proved more successful than our live bait only trips for catching the targeted species. Blue Moon/Chartreuse worked well for us again this week, as well as white ice. We are still catching good numbers of Trout, Reds, and Black Drum up and close to the shoreline, as well as open water reefs. This week the winds have been kind to us allowing us to fish pretty much anywhere on the bay we chose too. There has been good tides and tide movement this week, and the afternoon falling tides have produced best for us on our chartered trips. Report by Captain Jeff Brandon, Get the Net Guide Services, LLC. Yates Bayou drain and Siever’s Cut are holding redfish against grass line on popping cork and shrimp. Hanna’s is great early on the same, or a twitching artificial. Look for birds, moving bait, and small slicks. Slicks have a fishy watermelon smell, so be sure to let your nose help guide you to fish. Deep Reef, Pepper Grove Cove to Moody’s Pass holding fish. Smith Point to Moody National Wildlife. Look for schools of redfish under birds. Pearl, Chartreuse, big papa pure Pearl, and Strawberry are great colors. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
Galveston Bay
FAIR. 82 degrees. Still some trout in the gas wells off Eagle Point. Better fish coming from the rocks lining the ship channel, along with black drum. Large schools of bull redfish in the open water, when you can find them. Best bite on live shrimp, croakers, and soft plastic. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. The Surf is on fire from Pleasure Pier to Surfside is for speckled trout, pompano, jack crevalle on live shrimp under a popping cork, or croaker on an OCTO Circle with small chatter weight. The South Jetty holding big redfish, with some nice sharks on the end. Gulf side is on fire for speckled trout, sheepshead, pompano and redfish close to rocks on popping cork with live bait, free-lined shrimp, Carolina rigged float with shrimp, or chatterweight and croaker. Channel side holding trout close to rocks popping cork with live shrimp. 61st Pier has some bulls being caught on spoons as well as bait. A few jack crevalle mixed in. The causeway and Pelican Island Bridge are holding redfish. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
West Galveston Bay
GOOD. 85 degrees. Good numbers of speckled trout showing over mid bay reefs for those throwing live croaker. East side of the railroad bridge producing speckled trout and black drum, along with a few reds on live shrimp under popping corks. catches of trout are coming off the rocks near Texas City Dike. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. Greens Lake holding redfish against grass lines and by sandy shores early. Wade anglers are having success for speckled trout and the occasional redfish on and around the south shoreline where there is hard sand. The east side of Oyster Creek is holding some redfish for wade anglers. Mecom Reef will have fish on it early up by rocks with artificial or live bait free-line or under cork. As the winds pick up fish in protected waters with bait moving around. Fish are under birds around Confederate and Carancahua Reefs. Ease in on the birds for fish at least 75 yards riding a drift that will get you there quickly. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
Houston
FAIR. Water stained; 78 degrees; 0.32 feet above pool. Catfish are good in 15-20 feet of water on shad and cut bait. Crappie are good on submerged structures with jigs and minnows. Bass are fair with an early morning topwater bite, transitioning to deeper structure with soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and rattletraps.
Texas City
FAIR. 82 degrees. The opening of federal snapper season was a success. Lots of big fish caught 40 plus miles out of Galveston. Some kingfish and ling, along with dolphin have also been taken. Jetties continue to produce decent numbers of speckled trout and slot reds on live shrimp. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. The Dike is good for trout at night under lights, and the SWP is good day and at night free lining shrimp or shrimp under popping cork near the rocks. Campbell holding fish under birds. Limits of trout near the rocks early live shrimp. Mosquito Island holding trout and occasional red early. Moses Lake holding fish under birds early. Fish holding near the piers from top water grill to Eagle Point. Gas Wells has trout action on croaker. Halfmoon shoal holding a few redfish and black drum. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
Freeport
FAIR. 80 degrees. Trout, redfish, pompano and whiting are good in the surf. Trout, redfish, gafftop and catfish are good in the bay under the birds. Flounder are good in cuts coming into the bay. Report by Captain Jake Brown, Flattie Daddy Fishing Adventures.
East Matagorda Bay
SLOW. 74 degrees. The weather has been beautiful, and the surf is flat and green holding trout, redfish, whiting, drum, and Spanish mackerel. Drifting has been off and on for good trout and few redfish. Report by Captain Charlie Paradoski, Captain Charlie Paradoski’s Guide Service.
West Matagorda Bay
FAIR. 74 degrees. The weather has been beautiful so the surf is flat and green holding trout, redfish, whiting, drum, and Spanish mackerel. Tides are up with lots of redfish and trout on mid bay reefs using cut mullet. The Colorado River is slowing clearing. Report by Captain Charlie Paradoski, Captain Charlie Paradoski’s Guide Service.
Port O'Connor
GOOD. 75 degrees. Summer fishing is approaching. Speckled are good in the surf and outside the jetties on live croaker or shrimp. Pompano are good on live shrimp in the jetties. Slot redfish are good inside and outside of jetties on Spanish sardines. Bull redfish are good from Bird Island to the jetties on blue crab and Spanish sardines. King fish are good trolling ribbon fish. Report by Captain Marty Medford, Captain Marty’s Fish of a Lifetime Guide Service.
Rockport
GREAT. 80 degrees. Redfish are great in 2-4 feet of water on grass flats using cut mullet and soft plastics thrown in sand pockets have been best. Trout are great in 2-6 feet of water on grass flats. Topwaters lures early transitioning to soft plastics mid morning has been best. Look for nervous bait. Drum are good in 4 feet of water on dead shrimp and gulp. Report provided by Captain Damian Hubbs, Top Gun Outfitters.
Port Aransas
GOOD. 80 degrees. Red Snapper are abundant on cut bait offshore. King fish are good on the outside of the jetties drifting with ribbon fish. Jack crevalle, mahi mahi, tarpon and cobia are also on the outside of the jetties. Mustang Island and San Jose beach fronts are holding redfish in the first cut on shad, and trout free-lining live croaker in the second cut with a few sharks mixed in. Trout are on the edge of Aransas Bay and Shamrock Island on freelined croaker in 6 feet of water. Drum are on the rocks near Shamrock Island with dead shrimp. Report by Captain Doug Stanford, Pirates of the Bay Fishing Charters.
Corpus Christi
GOOD. 80 degrees. Trout are good at the wells, along the rocks at Pelican Island, and in the riprap near the point of Mustang Island on freelined croaker or shrimp. Redfish Bay and behind Dagger Island redfish on cut mullet in the pot holes. Report by Captain Doug Stanford, Pirates of the Bay Fishing Charters.
Baffin Bay
GREAT. 80 degrees. It has been quite eventful in Baffin Bay, with scattered showers, lightning, wind sheer and calm hot afternoons. This freshwater has been great for our estuaries and Baffin as a whole. We are seeing huge schools of mullet and other types of baitfish along the shorelines, over the rocks and grass beds. Bright colored paddle tails, over the sand pockets within these grass beds, have been pulling in oversized trout, slot sized flounder and redfish. Speckled trout and redfish tend to hide in grass around sand pockets waiting to ambush their prey swimming through. The water is so clear in areas that you can see speckled trout and redfish sitting on grass bottom awaiting the perfect opportunity for a snack. This is an exciting way to present your lure if you come across this situation! Remember to present it in the most natural way possible, cast out at least ten feet past them and reel in your lure straight back from their side to side within one and a half to two feet in front of their eyes and they will strike. The rocks of Baffin are holding a plethora of speckled trout and baitfish, popping cork with about two and a half feet to three feet of line between the hook and bobber with gulp has been great for redfish and trout. Drop offs and potholes are holding trout on bottom later in the day between or after feeding periods or when the wind dies completely down. Work a paddle or ball tail or lure across the bottom, when it is presented in front of their face typically they will go for it because they don’t have to work for it. The traffic has increased significantly on Baffin Bay, remember to remain safe and courteous on the water and as always, tight lines! Report by Captain Reanna, Captain Reanna’s Baffin Bay Adventures. Trout are good wade fishing or fishing from the boat using both artificial and live croaker. Releasing some very nice oversized trout every outing. When you get on the water and you find some very active bait fish working, usually the trout are right in the same area. The edge of sand bars have also been very productive. Report by Gilbert Barrera, Baffin Bay Hunting and Fishing.
Port Mansfield
GOOD. 75-78 degrees. Fishing has been pretty good, despite coming off the full moon. Topwaters are great over shallow potholes and grass beds. Late in the day Ball Tails in about 2-3 feet of water are good for nice sized trout. As of late Honey Gold and Lagunaflauge colors seem to be best. Report by Captain Wayne Davis, Hook Down Charters.
South Padre
EXCELLENT. 80 degrees. Fishing is excellent with the light southeast winds. Red snapper are great on artificial reefs. Speckled trout are great on imitation shad with ⅛ ounce jig heads in potholes and along the intracoastal at shacks. Trout and slot redfish are biting on live shrimp and cut mullet under popping cork on gas well flats. Stay safe out there. Report by Captain Lou Austin, Austin Fishing South Padre.
Port Isabel
EXCELLENT. 80 degrees. Fishing is excellent with the light southeast winds. Red snapper are great on artificial reefs. Speckled trout are great on imitation shad with ⅛ ounce jig heads in potholes and along the intracoastal at shacks. Trout and slot redfish are biting on live shrimp and cut mullet under popping cork on gas well flats. Stay safe out there. Report by Captain Lou Austin, Austin Fishing South Padre.

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