While not much positive has been published about saltwater fishing lately, we do have some good news and that is we are entering the best time of year for freshwater fishing in and around Galveston County.
To begin with, this is when certain lakes all over the state are stocked with rainbow trout by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Rainbows are cold water fish and do not fare well in warmer climates like we have down here after the first quarter of the year.
Near Galveston are three lakes that will have rainbow trout for the taking. Resoft Park in Alvin already has been stocked and that took place Dec. 12. Waiting to have a load of the prized freshwater trout are Dow Park Pool in Deer Park on Jan. 28 and Centennial Park in Friendswood on Jan. 31.
Back in the early 1990s, I took my young daughter Kendra to the Galveston Island State Park and watched her catch a small rainbow trout using kernel corn from a can of Green Giant corn. She was probably eight years old at the time and she still recalls the fun of hooking the corn on the small hook and catching her first freshwater fish.
Not long after that, the TPWD discontinued stocking that lake and, from information circulating at the time, it was due to the poor survival rate of the fish.
In addition to the freshwater trout fishing, lots of small lakes, ponds and streams offer their best fishing of the year beginning about now.
A popular spot over in Texas City is the bar ditches off Highway 146. Individuals tend to keep fishing information from that area close to the vest, as some nice-sized bass and catfish have been caught by anglers fishing from the bank.
We will be addressing freshwater fishing in and around Galveston County more as the season progresses.