We have mentioned how the unusually cold winter during January and the first part of February has taken its toll on fishing-related businesses including bait shops, fishing guides and others.
Tuesday, we got a report from Urs Schmidt of Saltwater Recon who passed on information about Seawolf Park. He said that the park has been hurting due to the weather and effective Feb. 26 will be changing its hours of operation.
From Sunday through Thursday, the park will be open from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays will be open 24 hours.
Park personnel feel that these temporary hours will be over once the weather improves.
Seawolf Park is one of the areas where anglers without boats have a good chance of catching a big drum during the annual black drum run.
Our only fishing report Tuesday came from Greg Hagerud who again was fishing the Galveston Harbor Area.
Hagerud fished from 6:30 a.m. until 8 a.m. and landed a black drum in the 15 to 16-inch category, along with two nice sheepshead over 18 inches, two undersized reds (18 and 19 inches) and a 22-inch slot red.
Live shrimp was the bait and the frequent contributor to the Reel Report said the water was in really good shape along the channel.
The next two days do not look promising for fishing, as high probabilities of rain are in the forecast. Hopefully, conditions will settle by the weekend and anglers can give black drum a good test to see where the annual migration stands.