Cold air continued to prevail over the region Tuesday, and the morning lows were below freezing all along the coast.

The good news is that an easterly wind started moving warmer Gulf waters into the bays to bring water levels back to normal and increase the temperature.

A number of readers have called in asking about signs of fish kills.

Unfortunately, it will be several days before we can determine the magnitude of any such happenings.

Initially, the fish will fall to the bottom, then after a few days they float to the surface, and that is when surveys can be made.

Dave DeAtkine sent a note saying Tuesday morning’s water reading at Eagle Point was 37.2 degrees, below the level at which trout can be sustained.

The good news is the low temperatures should be short-lived with the warming trend.

I feel one of the causes for all of the concern is the fact that we are having a more typical winter, much like those that took place 40 or more years ago.

Then, subfreezing days were common, and that is when Offatts Bayou got its reputation as a hot spot for fishing during freezing weather.

Also, many anglers recall the devastating fish-killing freezes of 1983, 1989 and a couple of lesser events during the 90s.

The big freezes saw canals iced over and birds sliding on the ice of West Bay.

Fortunately, we have not experienced those extreme conditions and, hopefully, this latest arctic blast is our last for the season.

Thursday evening there is an important gathering of anglers and others at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Dickinson Marine Lab on FM 517 in Dickinson.

An informal hearing and survey will take place regarding the department’s possible recommendation to change the current regulations on bag and size limits for speckled trout and flounder.

The meeting is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and offers an excellent opportunity to voice your opinion.

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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