This week looks to offer much better conditions that we have seen in a while. Tuesday could be a good day to give fishing a try. Low water levels could be an issue, as brisk northerly winds prevailed most of the day Monday.

Part of the good news is that the water temperature is warming into the 50s, a reading that fish easily survive in and move around more. Last weekend, live shrimp supplies were scarce all around the Galveston area.

Sub-50-degree water temperatures cause the crustaceans to dig deep into mud bottoms for survival. Hopefully, it will not be long before bait shrimpers find the prime saltwater bait moving again.

Last weekend there were some spotty catches of trout and other fish, with most coming from West Bay.

Greg Hagerud’s Sunday fishing report pretty well summed up the situation on the fishing scene.

He said, “Sunday, the only bait I found was some old, thawed out shrimp. I passed on it. So I threw lures and Gulps for two hours in the harbor with no luck. No sign of life at all other than some hungry birds.”

As the water warms, expect fishing action to pick up. We should start seeing more black drum showing up in the near future. The fish first appear around the jetties and eventually move into the bays.

We still are in January and normally it is close to Valentine’s Day before the “Big Uglies” begin to show in noticeable numbers. Sometime around St. Patrick’s Day is when the annual black drum run reaches its peak.

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

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