There is good news on the fishing scene and that is a warming trend is in progress and the wind is switching to the east.

If you recall, most of the time, an east wind is not welcomed by anglers; however, with the extreme low water levels in the bays, an east wind is the shot in the arm needed to start the tides to bringing in warm Gulf waters.

Thursday afternoon, while passing over the Jones Lake Boat Ramp area, I noticed more dry spots well into the lake than I have seen in a long time. The low water levels create hazardous conditions for navigation in both channels and in the open bays.

This weekend looks promising for fishing if the water levels rise and the daytime temperatures reach into the 60s as forecast. While not ideal conditions, the incoming waters from the Gulf likely will spur trout and other fish to move out of their refuges, at least for a while, to feed in freshly covered shell and mud.

Most likely deep water will be the key to catching fish this weekend, and with the bans on Offatts Bayou and Moses Lake lifted, those areas could be worth trying.

Hal Wortham, an avid wintertime fisherman, feels that the fish will continue to move slowly and one of the baits he recommends to be a top producer is Corkies (now called Paul Brown Originals). The bait is a prime cold weather artificial, as it is a slow-sinking bait and is a favorite of trout and reds in cold conditions.

If you make it out this weekend, send in a report, as there seems to be a lot of optimism for fishing Saturday and Sunday if the forecasts hold.

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

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