Galveston Fishing Report – May is Here and Fishing is Hot

Galveston Fishing Report

Water Temperatures

Galveston Causeway:  78.8F

North Galveston Jetty:  77.7F

Eagle Point:  80.1F


Wow! Wow!  May is such a great time of year to live here on the Texas Upper Gulf Coast.  It seems that Old Man Winter has finally left, and water temps are rising, trees are blooming, birds are chirping, and the fish are BITING!  With so many great fishing opportunities here in Galveston and Freeport, Texas it is no wonder we are beginning to see more clients book multiple day fishing trips to be able to get a mixture of what our vibrant fishery has to offer.  Back Lakes & Marsh Fishing, Jetty Fishing, Deep Sea, Night Time Speckled Trout, Trophy Wade Fishing for Speckled Trout, and Flounder Gigging… this is a great month to be on the Upper Texas Gulf Coast.

Both the Galveston and Freeport Jetties are holding some real nice speckled trout and redfish right now.  Live shrimp free lined along the jetty rocks are working best.  This is the time of year that the shrimp are either giant big or tiny… seems there is no ‘medium’ shrimp being caught.  We just work with what we have and fish with em!  One thing that I learned long ago was to match your hook size to the shrimp size.  I will go as small as a #10 treble on real small shrimp.  Also, along the Galveston Jetty – some nice slot reds are being caught.  Lots of bait fish are showing up.  Shad, rafts of mullet, and glass minnows are covering the jetties right now.  When this starts happening… it is Hot!

Galveston Shark Fishing is heating up right now and will continue to get hotter as the water temperatures rise.  Black Tips, Spinners, Sand Sharks, and Bulls are showing up.  If you want to battle a Gulf of Mexico Shark in Galveston – now is the time to book your Galveston Shark Fishing Charter!

The Back Lakes and Marshes of Galveston are holding good numbers of redfish and speckled trout.  Flounder are beginning to show up in good numbers and will continue as they follow the shad into the bayous.  Live shrimp fished under a popping cork along the mud flats of the bayous and over oyster reefs in the secondary bays are working best.  For those folks willing to throw artificials baits – topwaters and plastics are working real well.

Wade fishing West Galveston Bay – primarily the San Luis Pass is really hot right now.  This is a great trip for more advanced anglers that can fish independently without a guide being right beside them and assisting.  Soft plastics, Mirrodynes, and top water plugs are all working good.  Keys are to find the bait, slicks and keep your eyes open for feeding surface fish.  This is a great month to catch a trophy speckled trout in knee deep water.

Deep Sea Fishing out of Freeport and Galveston are both hot right now.  The winds have finally allowed us to get out on the Gulf of Mexico and take advantage of the Amberjack season that opened May 1.  Also, along with the AJs – good numbers of Kings, Mahi, Cobia and Wahoo are hitting the docks.  Amberjack season will close May 31.. but Red Snapper Season opens June 1.  Great times ahead!  It looks like we are going to be seeing some nice weedlines this summer which make great habitat for mahi, cobia and wahoo.  We are very excited about the upcoming Summer and Deep Sea Fishing.

Our Galveston Summer Kids Fishing Camps are still taking registration.  Give Captain Greg a call if you have any questions about these Kids Summer Camps, or if you would like to book online.  Also, keep in mind we now offer affordable lodging to our Fishing Clients.  The boats will pick you up from the lodge.  There is nothing like walking down stairs to catch the boat for a day of fishing!  Bay’s Landing Fishing Lodge is the place to be!



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