On Galveston: June 2009

Trinity Bay – Man, it is a mess up here. I am doing this report on Thursday April 30, 2009 and in the last ten days here on Trinity Bay we have had twenty-three inches of local rainfall. All of our rivers, creeks, and bayous are running like broken commodes. I don't know how much it has rained upstream. Probably about half of the system has been swallowed up and overwhelmed with freshwater, not to mention the craziest period of sustained high winds I can recall. Water and weather conditions just haven't been favorable for several weeks now. We expect rain during spring months and some wind but the upper Texas coast weather patterns usually begins moderating by early May and we are always glad when the winds turn light and southeasterly. Right now our best game is wade fishing protected shorelines. Fishermen who prefer to stay in the boat have had a tough time with the wind. There is still a little bit of good wading water left on the east shoreline of Trinity Bay with some pretty nice trout, up to about seven pounds and sometimes an eight pounder coming on soft plastics and topwaters wade fishing. You have got to catch it when it is just right, though. If the tide is low you can do pretty good but when the full tides get in there it makes it difficult to cover a lot of water as that is a fairly deep shoreline.

East Bay and Galveston Bay – East Bay has been holding a lot of good fish down that south side from Marsh Point to Elm Grove Point. Dark soft plastics are the bait of choice in 2-3 feet of water where anywhere that bait and slicks are prevalent. Fish are beginning to show in pretty good numbers around the Texas City flats and Dollar flats areas and some pretty nice specks are being caught. It's getting to that time when things get rolling pretty good. We have some brown shrimp moving in the bay and a few moving out. Most of the fish we are catching over this way have shad in them or they are swelled up solid with small glass minnows. The glass minnow population appears to be quite healthy and the fish have been on them for several weeks.

West Bay – Same deal, find the right cove you'll find the right fish. These fish move from day to day all up and down the south shore line. It just depends on which cove they decide to pull in on, when you locate a good school in a protected it can be very good. I'd say trout action has been the highlight in West Bay as the redfish have been acting kind of funny. I think a lot of our reds are holding on deep shell in open water regions and we are just not able to target them because of the high winds that we've had. Redfish may be scarce until we get a lay-down or they move to other structure and shorelines. This is just an unfortunate reality of a windy season.

Wrapping it up – Everyone is pretty much in the same boat around here, pinned down to fishing protected coves and shorelines. One thing about it, we are catching fish. It is not great, but not bad either. Depending on how much rain falls up north, the rivers and creeks could remain high and muddy which does not help us recover from local runoff. Local runoff does not usually hurt us too bad for too long, but when you get twenty-three inches, well that's a lot of water. Tide flows have been running normal for this season or slightly above and that always help heal a freshwater inundation. Now if we can just get the wind to stop.