Anglers and others are asking when we can expect to see better water conditions in the Galveston Bay Complex and where have all of the specks gone during the interim.

It is hard to determine when water conditions will return to normal; however, the weather following all of the record rainfall earlier this month has been cooperative to help speed things up.

The key is when will all of the fresh water feeding into the Galveston Bay system slow to normal levels. There still remains a lot of water draining into the ditches, creeks and bayous well above the bay system.

If I had to venture a guess, it would be sometime in mid-to-late October.

Now for the question about where all of the specks have gone, most likely they are hovering at spots in lower Galveston Bay, East Bay and the surf.

Recently I visited with one of the popular guides in the Galveston area and he told me that he and several other fishing guides are catching specks in areas that produced last year following heavy floodwaters.

The guides are going to keep that information close to their vests; however, he did tell me that there are a lot of speckled trout in the surf and areas nearby. The problem is that trout prefer good water clarity as they are basically sight feeders and like good visibility.

On the fishing scene, Seawolf Park, the surf and jetties were where the good fishing reports came from on Sunday, as anglers continued to mop on reds along the beach front and jetties, while a few flounder along with reds, croaker and other pan fish were being caught all around Seawolf Park.

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

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