It’s getting HOT! We are in touch with local captains every week to develop a detailed report for you guys before you head out on the water! Stay tuned as we gather real-time data from the professionals who are out doing it Texas Boys style every week.
Let us know if you have any questions about specific locations, bait, or rig setups. Here’s what we’ve got for you this week!
Reported by Captain Bryan Brawner: I held off posting my report as long as possible to monitor the impact that the tropical system would have on the bay. It looks like it will be a benefit to us and actually help drop the salinity levels more. Everything has slowly returned to good conditions with the water clearing to a good sandy green. Salinity content is slowly returning to reasonable levels. Birds have been working some in conjunction with tide movements and keeper size specks are being caught on most mid-bay reefs on soft plastics while drifting. Looks like a good summer pattern shaping up, at least for the next few weeks. I have noticed that boats from the Galveston side are showing up over here to fish East Bay now. The jetties are the hot ticket now with a lot of action going on there with most species and surf fishing has been good in small windows when the surf is calm with green water moving in. Check out www.galvestoncoastalfishing.com for class opportunities with Captain Bryan!
LAKE CONROE & LAKE LIVINGSTON
Reported by Captain Jason Machala: Crappie are good on Lake Conroe over brush piles in 12 to 18 feet of water on black and chartreuse jigs and live minnows. The white bass and hybrid stripers are staying pretty strong as well in the 25 to 35 foot of water range on white or chartreuse slabs. Lake Livingston has also been fishing well for white bass on humps/ drops around Pine Island. Slabs in white and chartreuse have also been the go-to baits.
Reported by Captain Joe Swodoba: The redfish have been in deeper water at about 45 feet, catching them on mainly gulf shrimp, quarter oz jig heads, and Down South Lures. The trout have been good pretty much anywhere! A lot of people have been throwing croaker bait along with pop and cork and gulf shrimp. Drift fishing has been good as well as fishing the potholes.
Reported by Captain Caleb McCumber: Trout still seem to be relating to scattered shell drifting in deeper water. Redfish are relating to shell, both deep and shallow, as well. The presence of shad and small shrimp has been a great indicator of fish in the area! Gulp with popping cork and Topwaters have been very productive this week. Check out Caleb’s YouTube channel for more: Capt Caleb TV
Reported by Captain Rick Hammond: Flounder gigging has been fair, but slower than usual for May and early June. Poor water clarity from recent heavy rains has been the main problem. We have been getting limits on most trips, and a few where we ended up short. Fish size is good, holding steady around a 17” average. Trout fishing is phenomenal right now, and wade fishing with live croaker and lures is working well. Boat fishing on mid-bay reefs with live bait has been very effective recently. Redfish have been more scattered with the lighter winds, but airboat redfish guides in the back lakes have been doing well.
Reported by Captain Adam Jaynes: Sabine is getting as hot as the weather! Our water is in the best shape that it has been in a good while and the trout have transitioned into their summertime pattern. Lots of fish holding on the deeper drop-offs in the channel. They’re eating Topwaters early and late, going after an opening morning sea shad pretty good as well.
SOUTH PADRE/LOWER LAGUNA MADRE
Reported by Captain Brian Barrera: We’ve been catching snook on Topwaters and live mullet. I did some full moon night time fishing for snook and redfish with decent luck, caught a few good ones! We’re doing a lot of speckled trout and redfish right now. Catching redfish on artificial lures, and pop and cork for speckled trout which is what we have been using with children and other clients on the boat to catch good quality sized limits.
Reported by Captain Joe Prado: It’s getting really hot right now, so fish are continuing to stay out deep. I’ve been throwing tequila gold Norton Sand Eel Juniors, going out doing doubles in the morning in the afternoons. Fish where the bait is, cause that’s where the fish are!
That’s all for this week’s report, y’all stay COOL and stay tuned for more to come!