by Capt Mullet
Summer is definitely on the way. The Galveston Bay system has transitioned over to a late spring/early summer pattern and the brown shrimp are invading our bays in full force which has increased bird activity in all areas of the lower complex. There are not a lot of birds in West bay but when you do find them they usually have decent trout underneath them. Lower Galveston Bay (Causeway to Dike) is the most consistent area for birds but you may have to catch 30 or more before you can get a keeper out of them. Look for schools of Jack Crevalle in that same bay system.
DOUBLED UP ON JACKS!!!!!
They are hanging around the causeway/intracoastal area and can be found by sighting them boiling the surface or by watching the birds. Usually the birds will hover high above the jacks and just follow the school around without diving. Jacks will cause a huge boil when they corral bait to the surface so look for those boils and get over to them quickly with any type of artificial bait from a mirrloure to a topwater or even a plastic.
35 MINUTE FIGHT ON A TROUT ROD!
The calm winds have finally allowed East Bay to clean up. Trout green water can be found everywhere and artificials are preferred when you have water like this. Limetreuse or glo is the hot color for specks right now and I have been using Hackberry Hustlers almost exclusively.
East bay is crowded so if you plan on going you will not be alone. The trout are on most of the major reefs along with tons of bait and boats. Reds are good on pockets of grass and small bayous just off the intracoastal waterway. Popping cork and shrimp is king for those reds but a gulp will work also.
West Bay has been holding some nice redfish along the north and south shorelines. Grasslines points and shell humps have been holding reds and windier days have produced best. The trout are shallow so wadefishing is best for targeting specks in West bay. Water clarity has been excellent in lower West bay for the last few weeks. Keying in on pelicans and terns can produce good results if you dont mind catching a few gafftop as by-catch.
This latest rain is not helping salinity levels or water clarity in upper Galveston Bay. Seems like the North side of the bay just can't get a break. I havent heard any good reports from up there but hopefully soon it will pick up. Trout fishing was fair to good in early May and like clockwork at the end of May every year the specks really turn on when we get the first few calm days and the water greens up. These last few days we have seen phenomenal speckled trout fishing in every portion of the lower bay system including the surf.
When hitting the surf you should be making your first cast by 5:45 AM or at first light. Popping cork and live shrimp is king in the surf but mirrolures and topwaters are hard to beat for the hard core lure chunker. Light winds and green water are the 2 key factors so pay attention the galveston surf cam for the latest water conditions. The surf would be my number one spot for the walk in wader with Mosquito island being my second choice for windier conditions.
NICE FISH MAX!!!
The bay is crowded and with Memorial weekend coming up it is going to get busier. Everybody stay safe, be courteous and just have fun being in the great state of Texas.