Wednesday definitely was not a day to be outside. Obviously nothing was taking place in the way of fishing and the thing on most anglers’ minds was not whether there was a fish kill, but the magnitude of it.
Before the hard freeze that was associated with the recent cold front, we were seeing fish kills in several locations. Most of the fatalities were forage fish; however, there were game fish among the carcasses. The main concern now is how many more will show up in the days following Wednesday’s freeze.
Anglers and boaters need to be on the lookout for signs of fish kills and promptly report them to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Normally it takes several days before the dead fish float to the top of the water and one sure way of locating them is by seeing seagulls and other birds feeding on the surface. It will appear much like birds working schools of fish chasing shrimp to the surface during the warm months.
A watchful eye on shorelines will indicate areas where dead fish have floated ashore.
If you observe a fish kill, try to identify the fish involved and especially look for speckled trout and redfish.
Hopefully, the current situation will be limited to mostly forage fish, with few game fish being in the mix.
Looking ahead, we are near the point when the chances of hard freezes are behind us. Once February arrives, the odds go down as the month progresses. My personal logs show that after Valentine’s Day there are few freezes and most of those are light freezes that are of short duration.