I always wonder how the folks up "North" survive the Winter. Here it is the second week of February, and all I can say is "I have had enough of this Winter weather". This is the first real Winter in many years for "us" on the Upper Coast of Texas. The wintery mix of snow and ice was a novelty, but worrisome for those of us that enjoy the fishery of Galveston Bay. We dodged a major disaster from a devastating freeze. I think we are all ready for some sunshine and warmer temperatures. Come on Spring!
This coming March/April we should experience a traditional Spring fishing pattern in the Galveston Bay Complex. The traditional "Drum Run" will be in full swing along the Galveston Jetties. Also plenty of Sheepshead, along with Redfish and Speckled Trout will prowl the rocks. Depending on how fast the water temperature rises, these fish should make their way into the Lower Galveston Bay area, towards the end of the month.
In April, while the "Drum Run" is still happening, many anglers will set their "radar" on Speckled Trout. This Winter, trout fishing has been decent. It will improve significantly this month! Late season cold fronts this month can bring moderate to strong winds prior the their arrival. These winds are usually from the South-Southeast. East Galveston Bay and the waters North of the Texas City Dike offer protection from the winds. Every incoming tide will push trout into these areas this month. In East Bay, Sievers Cut to Stingaree Cut and the adjacent reefs are the "go to" places. On the West side, Mosquito Island to Dollar Point offers plenty of protection and areas to fish under strong South winds. The shoreline in front of the floodgate at Moses Lake, is a "Springtime" spot to catch Speckled Trout.
Live shrimp supplies should be good, but I would call a bait camp ahead of your planned trip. In the Clear Lake - Kemah area, check with Eagle Point Fishing Camp at 281-339-1131. Eagle Point offers quick access to the above mentioned areas and is a full service marina with a boat launch. Enjoy this upcoming Spring weather. See ya on the water!!!
Capt. David C. Dillman
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