New Year’s Day was not a time to be outdoors, as bitter cold weather prevailed all over the area.

It appears from the forecasts that those conditions will be with us until this weekend. Monday, while driving across the causeway, I observed some of the lowest water levels I have seen. Looking to the south, remnants of the old wagon bridge could be seen along with a lot of dry land well out from shore.

This definitely is a time to find fish in deep pockets of water. It will be interesting to see if a typical cold weather pattern takes place, with trout leaving their refuge during the late afternoon and feeding in shallower waters.

Areas in upper West Bay are good possibilities for attracting trout during the afternoons, especially later this week.

A few bait camps were open; however, most were closed Monday, as temperatures in the mid-30s along with north winds gusting to well over 20 knots had the chill factor in the low 20s. This is something that local anglers are not accustomed to and fortunately we have few days with conditions like that.

Driving down 61st Street I observed several anglers, most with children, bundled up and fishing from the Joe and Lee Jamail Park. Hopefully the fish were biting as the weather was brutal on the pier.

With the extreme low tide levels and bitter cold temperatures, fishing likely will be at a standstill for a few days.

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

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