The weekend is upon us and fortunately for many anglers this is the big weekend of Mardi Gras and they can participate.

Water temperature remains in the 50s and that is not encouraging news. Jimmy French pretty well summed up the situation in his Wednesday note.

French wrote:

“I have been fishing the Galveston area year round for over 20 years and this is absolutely the worst winter I have experienced. I try to fish almost every weekend and this year conditions have been terrible and not worth the trouble to drag my boat from League City to Galveston. The times I have made the trip either the weather was just too cold to launch or there wasn’t enough water at the ramp to get the boat in.”

French ended his note by saying that he felt he needed to vent his frustrations and sending this note helped. I think there are a lot of us who share his sentiments.

I have mentioned before that this time of year, late winter through spring, is prime time for freshwater fishing in and around Galveston County. Unfortunately there are not many public lakes or other areas offering access by the public to fish freshwater.

There have been some unconfirmed reports of a crappie spawn in the upper reaches of Clear Creek.

One report came from Persimmon Bayou of some freshwater catfish action. The bayou crosses FM 2004 and the area of the bayou where the action took place was not mentioned.

Halls Bayou, which also crosses 2004, often produces a variety of fresh or brackish water fish below the bridge. There is a bait camp that offers a launching ramp just off that highway.

Hopefully some freshwater fishing reports will come in and allow us to give more details about where to go around Galveston County and what is biting.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to or call 409-683-5273.

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