Saturday was a nice day, especially compared to the conditions we experienced last week. Fishing was on the slow side as we expected; however, there were some nice trout and reds taken from upper West Bay by guides and other pros. They know the areas and where the fish tend to go following severe cold spells.

James Head and Ricky Moore wade fished an area outside of Jamaica Beach and caught two limits of reds and 12 specks. Slow sinking soft plastics were the baits.

Galveston Bait and Tackle reported a few nice catches of trout coming to their cleaning table, with most of the fish being caught in West Bay.

A few anglers were out along the Galveston Channel on Saturday; however, the catches were sparse, with a few varied pan fish being landed.

Along the beachfront, fishing was slow, with the 61st Street Fishing Pier reporting no action on Saturday morning.

The water temperature continued to run below 50 degrees early Saturday, and when the readings are in that range, fish are slow to move and are often sluggish.

A couple of readers have asked about the activity taking place off of San Leon last week. At least one barge was working the area near the old HL&P Spillway and, from the description by one reader, it appeared to be a work barge laying a shell pad for drilling a well.

Gary Jones, one of the readers involved, checked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and learned that the work is part of an oyster reef restoration project for Galveston Bay.

I want to thank Gary for checking into this and passing on the information.

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

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