This week’s fishing report. A reminder to put the TPWD app on your phone to look up fish limits and more.
GOOD. Water stained; 74 degrees; 2.06 feet low. Summer fishing pattern is locked in. Bass are good early morning with topwaters over grass transitioning to points with soft plastics midday. White bass are good in the lake off points with chrome jigs. Crappie are good on brush piles with live minnows. Bluegill are mixed in with the crappie biting on worms. Catfish are in creek channels off ledges in 18 feet of water. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
FAIR. Water stained; 78-80 degrees; 1.69 feet low. Fair. The water level is 170.4 with both generators running from 1-7:00 p.m. Water temperature at the dam is 78 degrees with surface temperature around 80. The back feeder creeks are stained, and the mainlake is clear with no rain again this week. Bass are in the full summer patterns heading to river bends and points. Early in the mornings as the sun comes up use topwater baits like Pop Rs, buzz baits, popping frogs, and spooks. Mid-morning as the fish go deeper transition to 8-12 inch ribbon tail worms and crankbaits in 12-20 feet of water. You can cast 8-12 inch dark colored worms to entice a bigger bass to bite on a Texas rig or Carolina rig. With the full moon this week, some fishermen are catching bass at night with the cooler temperatures. Crappie, bream and yellow bass are in the brush piles and lay downs in 15-25 feet of water. Crappie are biting best on crappie jigs on T-Bend’s favorite colors like monkey milk, blue ice, T-shad, and live minnows. Catfish are off in the channels and breaks. The shallow bluegill bite has been spotty as the water is getting hotter. Summer is here with air temperatures hitting the 100-103 degrees, so don’t forget to wear your sun protection and light clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. When on the water stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and other potassium-packed electrolyte sports drinks, so that you don’t experience heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Remember to always keep your life jacket on while on the water and don’t forget to fasten your engine kill switch lanyard to your person when operating a motorized vessel on the water. Play it safe on the water, always inform your loved ones or a friend of your expected return time to port or home. Good luck and tight lines! Report from Captain Steve (Scooby) Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Mudfish Rod Shop, Kayak and Fishing Guide Service.
GOOD. 85 degrees. Marsh fishing has slowed as the weather has warmed up the water pushing the fish deeper. Night fishing in the lights at Texaco Islands is good for trout using live shrimp on Carolina rigs or free lining. ICW and Sabine Pass Channel holding nice trout up to five pounds on rock piles and shell ledges in 2-6 feet of water using live shrimp under a popping cork, or ⅛ jighead morning glory with a chartreuse. In the Sabine Pass Jetty trout are good early morning on topwaters, or in 4-8 feet of water using morning glory with a chartreuse tail ⅛ or 1/16 jig heads. Sabine Lake trout are good in 4-6 feet of water on shell humps keying on mullet and shad. Trout are good in the Neche River off points and turnarounds in 4-15 feet of water using live shrimp under popping cork, five inch red shad baits, glo chartreuse swimbaits off ledges all the way to the fleet. Redfish are good in 30 feet of water jigging with silver and gold spoons. Speckled trout, flounder and redfish are in the cuts in Bessie Heights. North Levy Wall and South Levy Wall, and Pleasure Island holding limits of trout and redfish using topwaters early morning switching to swimbaits and soft plastics. Pleasure Island holding limits drifting the flats. Report by Captain Randy Foreman, Captain Randy’s Guide Service Sabine Lake.
GOOD. 82 degrees. Bolivar Peninsula is holding trout on the Bayside over the reefs. Hanna Reef is hot early with live shrimp under a popping cork and artificials. Goat Island is producing redfish the same way. The surf is heating up on both sides with limits of trout close to East Beach and on both jetties close to rocks. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.