Welcome to the weekly saltwater fishing reports for the upper and middle coast of Texas. The reports are gathered from Texas Parks & Wildlife Department WEEKLY REPORTS and local fishing guides. Check out the TPWD website for a complete listing of all Texas lakes and rivers reports.
NORTH SABINE: Redfish are good in the marsh on Stanley Ribbits and weedless soft plastics. Trout are fair to good under slicks and birds on topwaters and soft plastics.
SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad.
SABINE JETTY: Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs and table shrimp.
Capt. Bill Watkins, 409-673-9211, www.fishsabinelake.com¸ reports that the fishing in Sabine Lake is in the September transition from summer to fall. “There is some bird action on the right days with good sized reds and trout. The trout in the Gulf are beginning to leave and migrate into the bays. Most of the shrimp are still up both the Sabine River and Neches River as well as the huge marsh areas surrounding Sabine Lake. With the salty water we still have due to the drought there has been no fresh water to move these shrimp into the lake. However, when the first stiff cold fronts blow in the fall white shrimp migration will begin. At that time there will be trout and reds from one end of the bay to the other. Flounder action has already begun for the fall. Some good catches are being reported on both natural and artificial bait. There are trout and reds on the shorelines and on shallow reefs. This has been mostly an early morning proposition. Get there early. However, as the days grow shorter and cooler these fish will tend to stay shallow later in the morning. Some of the best fishing of the year is coming soon.”
ROLLOVER PASS: Trout, bull redfish, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Bull redfish, sharks and tarpon have been taken on the beach near Rollover.
TRINITY BAY: Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs. Redfish are good on the north shoreline on gold spoons and small topwaters. Redfish are good in the marsh on shrimp.
EAST GALVESTON BAY: Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Redfish are good in the marsh on natural baits and Gulps.
Capt. Steve Hillman, 409-256-7937, www.hillmanguideservice.com, reports the fishing in East Galveston Bay has been spectacular the last couple of days, not a lot of big fish, but plenty of action. On Thursday he and his party must have hooked 300 speckled trout.
GALVESTON JETTIES: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetties on shrimp and crabs.
SURFSIDE BEACH: Bull redfish are good on live bait and crabs on the Surfside beach.
SURFSIDE JETTY: Spanish mackerel, redfish and jack crevalle are good at the jetties on shrimp.
SAN LOUIS PASS: Bull redfish are good in the surf and at San Luis Pass on crabs and mullet.
TEXAS CITY: Bull redfish are good in the channel on crabs. Sand trout and Gulf trout are good in the channel on shrimp.
MOSES LAKE: Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on crabs and shrimp.
EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair in Lake Austin on shrimp and Gulps.
WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are good on live shrimp and topwaters in Oyster Lake, Crab Lake and Shell Island. Black drum are good around Shell Island on shrimp.
Capt. Tommy Countz, 281-450-4037, www.matagordafishing.com reported good redfish action in about two feet of water in the back lakes.
SAN ANTONIO BAY: Team Bay Flats guide, Capt. Jason Wagenfehr, 888-677-4868, www.BayFlatsLodge.com, stated “It didn’t matter what size, shape or color top water you used on (last) Saturday, the reds smoked them. We lost count on how many blow ups we experienced. It was an epic day for top water action. The first two hours were the best.” Key was fishing stained water on leeward shores and finding nervous schools of finger mullet. Best action was in front of drains in waist to chest deep water. Later in the day Pumpkin Chartreuse Texas Tackle Factory 1/8 oz lead heads in the middle to lower water column worked for catching trout.
Capt. Chris Martin, 888-677-4868, www.BayFlatsLodge.com, reports calm, slick conditions on Tuesday. According to Captain Rick Hammond, “We set up, and really never thought too much about moving, it just doesn’t pay to run around the bay looking for greener pastures; catch fish in one spot, try sticking it out longer.”
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