Cold weather is again upon us and on Friday, fishing was at a standstill. Winds gusting to near gale force strength made for miserable conditions outdoors.

While it appears we will be avoiding a freeze in Galveston, the strong winds are driving more water out of the bays and creating hazardous conditions for fish trapped in shallow waters.

Nancy Greenfield sent a note asking if there were other fish kills around Galveston. She reported a number of small fish floating in Lake Como near Pirates Cove.

There have been reports of scattered fish kills, most recently from the Sea Isle area where mainly mullet and menhaden were observed floating.

Temperatures are expected to dip into the mid 30s along the upper Texas Coast and, while that alone should not be a problem for fish, this comes on top of already cold conditions. Fish, especially speckled trout, are going to be sluggish for a few days; however, if the water levels drop significantly it could be potentially disastrous.

Small fish, especially our forage fish such as mullet and menhaden, are usually the first to be hit and one reason is that they tend to stay in the shallower waters.

We will keep an eye on the situation; however, if you observe any fish kills please let us know about them. Two key signs are fish floating on or near the surface and fish washing up on shorelines.

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

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