Current Water Temperatures:
Eagle Point: 72.3 F
Galveston Causeway: 71.4 F
North Galveston Jetty: 70.7 F
San Luis Pass: 71.2 F
22 Mile Buoy: 70.2 F
Once again Galveston, Texas has proven why it is the premier fishing destination for the Texas Coast. Spring 2019 has seen many great catches – BaySnapper (Sheepshead), Red Fish, Black Drum, Speckled Trout, and Flounder. This Galveston Fishing Report – we will talk about the late spring patterns and the transition to the early summer patterns. As water temperatures continue to rise, likely reaching upper 70’s by the end of this month – the Sheepshead spawn is on the downward swing, and the speckled trout spawn is already in pre-phase. As thousands, if not millions of BaySnapper began coming in to the passes from the Gulf to spawn this spring – taking control of the Galveston Jetties and Passes with population domination – making it easy to catch this amazing fish… but finding other fish to bite is challenging during that time. Well, as the BaySnapper moves back out to the Gulf as it does each year – we will begin seeing the Speckled Trout take it’s place along the rocks for its annual spawn. I have seen more trophy size trout caught along the Galveston Jetties during late April and May than any other months along the granite rocks. I witnessed the CCA Star winner one late May morning right at the boat cut along the North Galveston Jetty.
Another species that will be cruising up and down the jetties – Red Fish… both slot reds and bull reds. In years past, April has been the month of the redfish along the Galveston South Jetty. Live Shrimp, live croaker or piggy perch are all great natural baits for the redfish.
For the more experienced angler that enjoys the solitude and stealthy approach – This is a spectacular time to slip off in the water on some of the sand flats and wade fish in West Galveston Bay and target BIG Speckled Trout. Soft Plastics, Hard Plastics and Topwaters worked along the edges of the guts and up on the shallow sand flats is a great way to hook into the speckled trout of a lifetime. The menhaden spawn was incredible this year, and the flats are loaded up with tiny shad… speckled trout love this! On our Galveston Bay Fishing Charter – our boat will carry you these location for some amazing shallow water wade fishing.
As far as the back lakes and bayous of West Galveston Bay – they are loaded up with redfish. With many of these fish making the fish box… some of these fish are just under the legal size limit to keep, but they are still great fun to catch on rod and reel. These areas are also seeing more speckled trout and flounder. The flounder are filling the bayous and back lakes right now. This is not only a great area for fishing… but the spring time scenery of alligators warming up along the banks and migratory birds stopping to rest as they just made their flight across the Gulf of Mexico is a great trip in itself.
Lots of great offshore action during this time, and the month of May will see the Gulf of Mexico water temperatures warm up to welcome the kingfish, mahi and cobia in tight. The month of May can be amazing for these three species of fish. If you are interested in getting out on the Big Pond… Our May Deep Sea Fishing Charter can be awesome! Remember we have water front lodging at Bay’s Landing, and at only $200 per night… you cant beat that price! The house will sleep up to eleven people, has washer/dryer, kitchen, outdoor bar, with tv, piers to fish and crab, and so much more. Give Captain Greg a call and book your spring or summer getaway, and get in on some amazing fishing! 409-739-8526