We now are past 2020 and looking forward to 2021 as a time to return to normal. Happy new year to all. Now let’s take a look at what we should expect on the fishing scene.

The new year is starting off windy and cold, which is not unusual. Warm, sunny weather also is not unusual.

January is often a good month for fishing, and as you would expect, it hinges on the weather. Cold conditions are more the norm than the exception, and that is not a deterrent to fishing like strong wind.

Trout action is often good, with more of the larger fish being caught by waders. Obviously, wade fishermen use well insulated waders this time of year, and with that, they definitely have an advantage when going after sow trout in the shallows.

West Bay is one of the areas that offers an excellent opportunity to land one of the trout of a lifetime. Experienced anglers usually fish during the late afternoon and wade close to shorelines where the big fish are roaming looking for food.

We will discuss more about winter wade fishing later this month when we enter prime time for big trout fishing.

January also is an excellent time to find large red snapper offshore. Although the season is closed in federal waters, state of Texas waters (up to 9 nautical miles from shore) offer some of the best fishing of the year for snapper and other fish including large Gulf trout.

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

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Thank you for reading!

Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to read or post comments.