Wind and otherwise unsettled conditions continue to plague fishermen; that likely will be the situation for another day or so.
In the mean time, anglers fishing at night under and around lights whether overhead or underwater had some good results during the weekend.
Mike Thomas celebrated part of his bachelor party Saturday night by fishing the lights near Offatts Bayou with friends Luke Albrecht and Tom Vance. The highlight of the fishing trip was Thomas’ landing a 24-inch speckled trout.
Two other good nighttime reports were received, one from English Bayou and the other from a pier on Sportsmen Road.
Lanny Hellbrook and his two sons Michael and Larry fished around lighted docks on English Bayou and landed 13 trout, five keepers and seven throwbacks, while using free-lined live shrimp for bait. The action took place between 9 p.m. Saturday and midnight.
About the same time, Pat McMillan from Houston fished from his friend’s lighted pier off Sportsmen Road and landed six trout to 19 inches and two reds, a 23-inch slot and 17-inch rat red that was released. Live shrimp was the bait.
While mentioning some spots to fish without a boat in Sunday’s Reel Report, I failed to mention Galveston Island State Park.
Located on the West End of Galveston Island near Jamaica Beach, the park offers bank fishing for guests in the lakes on the north side of the highway.
Also, free loaner equipment consisting of a rod, reel, line and hook are available for use of young guests; however, bait is not furnished and must be purchased before arriving at the park.
The lakes mentioned are now stocked with saltwater fish. At one time, the lakes were part of the annual rainbow trout stocking program sponsored each spring by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Based on information received Sunday, it appears that the fishing is on par with other areas this time of year, with few fish being taken lately.
For a family outing, this might be a good spot to take the kids fishing, especially if everyone is new to the sport. There is an entry fee of $5 per person. Kids 12 and under are free. No fishing license is required for fishing at the state park.