Saturday was quite a contrast in weather.

Early morning fog kept most anglers off of the water; however, once the fog lifted, spring-like weather set in with temperatures rising into the 70s with sunny skies.

The nice weather attracted a lot of fishermen later in the day and the only reports that came in by Saturday afternoon were of mainly sheepshead and reds being caught.

Mark Austin and J.D. Whitsette fished the North Jetty Boat Cut and landed six keeper sheepshead and a bull red using dead shrimp for bait.

Anglers fishing from the 61st Street Boat Ramp on Offatts Bayou were catching sheepshead and small black drum.

Friday, Laverne Williams and Sandie Hancock fished the Texas City Dike and caught sand trout, whiting and hard head catfish. Cut squid was their choice of bait.

Many anglers were concerned about the effects of the freezing weather last week on trout. So far, there have been no reports of any significant fish kills. Thursday night while attending the scoping meeting at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Dickinson facility, I asked a group of their personnel about the freeze and they confirmed that there had been no reports of any problems and did not expect to hear of any related to the freeze.

The near-term forecast favors fishing. With the quickly changing weather, one day cold and the next warm, it is difficult to predict where the action will take place.

Upper West Bay should return to the excellent trout fishing that took place prior to the cold weather Moses Lake has been consistent for reds this month and should continue to be one of the prime spots for the remainder of January.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. To get your catch in the Reel Report, call 409-683-5273 or email

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