The cold temperatures that we are experiencing are something we have not encountered on a continuous basis for quite a while. Fortunately, we have escaped any hard freezes around Galveston and that is good news for fish, especially speckled trout.
While a warming trend is underway, temperatures are expected to bounce between the 40s and 50s for another week. This weekend, we could see afternoon temperatures reach the 60s.
Now, what will this pattern do for fishing? The key to the answer lies in the water readings.
When cold weather sets in, trout and other fish seek warmer water refuge such as the deep holes around Moses Lake and Offatts Bayou. While the temperatures may be a bit higher than around shallower waters, the cold still affects coldblooded species such as fish.
Years ago when these Arctic cold spells set in, anglers would wrap up and hit the deep holes along the Texas Coast and literally mop up on stunned and sluggish fish.
During my high school days, I joined two friends in Port O’Connor and fished the popular Army Hole nearby. The name comes from its location near military lands off Matagorda Island.
Live bait was not available in the subfreezing conditions and we used various artificial baits, including slow sinking Bingo Baits and Mirrolures. Trout were stacked up so thick in a small area of the deep hole that almost every cast we would have a fish hit.
It was a totally different type of fishing than I had ever experienced. Fortunately, one of the guys knew how to fish, that being very slowly with a pause once a bite was suspected. Anyhow, that day the three of us landed 72 trout on a trip I will never forget.
Experiences like that are one reason the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department exercised its right to close certain areas during the recent cold spell.