If you fish for the enjoyment of being out on the water and catching a few fish, Sunday was not a great day to go fishing. More cold fronts are on the way this week so what encouraging news is there on the fishing scene?

Well first of all, be patient after all we are in January, one of the worst months for Galveston area fishing and the coldest. On a positive note, it appears that we dodged any significant fish kills during all of the very cold weather.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is surveying the whole Texas coast for evidence of damage to our stocks of fish and their project should be completed this week with findings published, especially if any noticeable damage is observed.

Although we can expect more cold fronts for the next few months, normally our coldest weather occurs between mid-December and late January. Hopefully last week’s freezing conditions will be the worst we experience this season.

One of the key factors in fish, especially speckled trout, our prized saltwater game fish, surviving a freeze is to get acclimated to the cold water early and for the low water readings not to last but a short time.

In almost any freezing situation there will be fish lost. It is the adage that the strongest of the species survive. Forage fish such as menhaden along with gray or mangrove snapper are always the first to go.

On another positive note, over the weekend several anglers reported seeing bait fish working in the water. That is good news!

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

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