Galveston Fishing Report – Spring Time Fishing Island Style
Current Water Temeratures:
Galveston Jetty: 78.1F
Galveston Causeway: 79.3F
Eagle Point: 78.6F
San Luis Pass: 78.1
The Fishing Report for the Galveston Jetty is amazing. Bay Snapper are still being caught. These great eating fish are in the final stages of their spawn. Even after this annual spawning period, we will still catch ‘resident’ fish along the jetties throughout the summer on our Galveston Fishing Charters. Red Fish are making their annual April appearance along the current driven areas of the North and South Jetty. Speckled trout are strolling in for their summer time hunting grounds, and it will not be long before the surf runners show up as well. Spanish mackerel, jack crevelle, and sharks are also here. One of the most unique factors about fishing the Galveston Jetty is You Just Never Know what you may catch! We are still using live shrimp freelined along the Galveston Jetty for the speckled trout, red fish, bay snapper, Spanish Mackerel, pompano and puppy drum. Also, we are beginning to hook into some Galveston Sharks! The Shark Fishing in Galveston is simply off the hook during the summer months, and this spring is shaping up excellent.
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This is an exciting time of year for a Fishing Guide in Galveston. Great things are happening and even greater are on the horizon. Give us a call for a fishing charter, night time flounder gigging, Kids Summer Fishing Camp, or a custom fishing excursion. Our Galveston Family Friendly Fishing Guides are second to none! Give us a call today 409-739-8526
Lake Powell Fish Report – April 19, 2017
Lake Elevation: 3600
Water Temperature: 59-64F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
Water temperatures are now up into the spawning zone. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and crappie are on beds now. This is the first spawn and we can expect the nest guardians to spawn perhaps 2-3 more times before mid May. Inflow continues to increase the lake level which is now officially above 3600 MSL. Expect 40 more feet of elevation increase. Make sure to check the boat tie lines each morning if camping on the lake. Weather is clear with no rain expected for two weeks but there will be some wind in the evenings and overnight.
Now for the angling roundup: Fishing is pretty darn good!
Stripers are on fire at the dam and many other locations in the southern lake. Most anglers coming into the Wahweap Fish Cleaning station have 20 and sometimes many more fish to clean. Anglers are spreading out along the canyon walls and finding many new striper honey holes. Most of the recent reports are coming from Buoy 3 (south wall where the lake turns left just before Antelope Canyon); Power Plant Intake (look for chain link fence on top of the south cliff wall just beyond Antelope Point Marina); Buoy 9 on south wall; East wall before arriving at Navajo Canyon.
My guess is that you can find stripers all along the main channel by searching for rocky outcroppings that offer shallower substrate than the steep perpendicular cliff walls. Just chum the chosen spot with anchovies followed by bait on hooks to excite the school. If nothing happens within 15 minutes just move to the next likely spot on the canyon wall.
If bait fishing is not your choice then head uplake to the southern shore canyons between Labyrinth and West Canyon. We have found willing stripers suspended in each canyon and willing to hit trolled and cast Rattletraps, Lucky Craft Pointers, Flicker Shad and other small jerk baits. These fish are suspended and very easy to see on the graph. Virtually all of the fish graphed today were stripers. The difficult part is that these fish are holding in their current locations and feeding on plankton while waiting for shad to spawn. They will swim up to taste a shallow running lure but will miss a couple of times before hooking up. We caught our normal 30 fish this morning using this trolling technique.
Here is the best news flash: Buoy 25 is loaded with fish that are just waiting for someone to bring some bait. We caught them trolling regularly but we could see hundreds of stripers swimming in shallow water looking right back at us. The water is crystal clear and the visual experience is awesome. These fish are located in the Mile Marker 25 Cove and not along the steep wall closer to Face Canyon. Look for the longest cove on the south wall for best fishing success.
Those seeking bass and crappie are still finding great success. The techniques are the same as reported last week (See report for April 11, 2017 ). Look for shallow rocky structure where green water clarity is 5-10 feet. Green water is better than crystal clear or muddy brown. Find the good spots by going toward the back of the canyon and watching the structure and water clarity. Bass grubs, senkos, dropshot shad-shaped worms, chatter baits, spinner baits are all working. We started catching smallmouth bass today on our trolled lures while fishing for stripers. Bass are getting much more aggressive and reacting much earlier in the day with water temperature hitting 60 by about 9 AM.
Next week we are going to be working between Bullfrog and Good Hope Bay. We will tag another 500 walleye for the 2017 Walleye Contest. The best time to catch these fish will be during the month of May. The contest started last year on July 1st which is past the best walleye fishing period. Expect the numbers of tagged walleye that are recaptured to soar in May. The best spot will be between Bullfrog and Good Hope Bay. It might be a worth a May fishing trip to catch many different species at Lake Powell and maybe even win a prize for catching a tagged walleye.
I am very excited about the potential fishing success over the next six weeks. I recommend you take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy great fishing success and the beauty of Lake Powell.
Galveston Red Snapper Fishing Charters
Our Galveston, Texas Red Snapper Fishing Charters typically start with a nice boat ride out to 30 to 80 miles offshore. We seldom fish visible platforms. Most of our Hot Red Snapper spots are underwater structure, wrecks, breaks, and abandoned rigs. Once we limit the boat out on Big Red Snapper, we target other species such as King Mackerel, Dorado, Cobia, Wahoo, Tuna and more. A Big Change to this year’s Galveston Offshore Fishing season is King Mackerel limits have increased to three fish per person from two beginning May 11. If you are looking for a fish to test your limits – taming a King Fish could be a test of all tests.
Water temperatures in the Gulf have been at an abnormal high which means the Kings are already moving in. With water temps in the mid 70’s during April – great things are already happening, and more on the horizon. We ran offshore out of Galveston last week, and only 30 miles out – King Fish were very thick. This is exciting
Another key ingredient to catching a variety of offshore species out of Galveston is sargassum, more commonly known as seaweed. We are beginning to see signs of the floating canopies forming, which make excellent habitat for mahi (dorado), cobia, wahoo, triple tail, sail fish and more. Catching Mahi out of Galveston is likely one of the most exciting thrills for an offshore angler, and seaweed is an important ingredient. With their acrobatic feats, beautiful colors and amazing table fare – catching a Mahi-Mahi should be on the ‘to do’ list while visiting Galveston, Texas. Excitement grows high when we see a school of mahi circling the boat, and sight casting to these amazing fish. With limits being very liberal – filling a cooler up with dorado is very exciting and rewarding.
There is much to be excited about for Galveston Offshore Fishing and our Red Snapper Fishing Season ahead. Our Gulf is in great shape, Red Snapper, King Fish and Cobia are already very plentiful, and as water temperatures continue to rise - mahi, wahoo, sail fish, tuna and more will be arriving. Give us a call today at 409-739-8526 to check availability, ask questions, or book your Galveston Deep Sea Fishing Charter.
Lake Powell Fish Report – April 11, 2017
Lake Elevation: 3598
Water Temperature: 53-57F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com
Spring warming was delayed a bit with air temperature a bit cooler than predicted last week. With runoff roaring down the Colorado River, Lake Powell is rising rapidly and will soon top 3600 MSL. Most bass and crappie have not spawned yet due to cool weather. That is great news for the future bass fishery. Both bass and crappie need brushy cover for newly hatched young fish to survive in big numbers. A later spawn and higher lake level will increase bass and crappie survival for future years.
Bass will spawn for sure during the next two weeks. Sight fishing for bass on beds will be limited due to rising water but water clarity at mid lake is still quite clear making bass nests visible. Just remember that once a nest site is chosen, male bass will try to use that same nest site for the next 6 weeks as bass spawn numerous times from late April to May 15th. The nest gets deeper and less visible each day.
With that said, bass fishing reports over the weekend were excellent despite windy weather. Winning weight at the Yamamoto Bass Tournament at Bullfrog over the weekend was over 30 pounds for 10 bass. Fishing was best in warmer water with finesse baits like Senkos fished slowly along rocky structure from 10-25 feet. Luke Berman with his largest bass ever
Reports from the Escalante to the San Juan were great with willing bass and crappie found on main canyon rocky structure where water clarity was 5-10 feet deep. Best fishing depth was 10-25 feet. The most productive lures were Yamamoto shad shaped worms fished on a drop shot rig.
The San Juan has turned on and may be the best destination this week. The best report came from the main channel of the San Juan (clear water) where over 200 bass were caught by three anglers on Friday April 7th. Morning fishing is not as good as that found in the afternoon as water warms from the 50s to the 60s.
Striper fishing continues to shine near Glen Canyon Dam from boats and shore. Those walking down to the lake from the Chains parking lot are catching as many fish as they can carry up the hill. Schools move in and out so as one spot slows another heats up. It is a tough choice to decide to move the boat and follow the school or to wait in a good spot until the school returns. Both seem to work equally well.
The clear water striper cohorts are still hanging out in the back of clear water canyons and can be caught on small lures that are trolled or cast or small spoons dropped down to the magic depth of 20-35 feet. Good striper fishing reports continue to come from Navajo Canyon, Warm Creek, Labyrinth, Face, Padre, Last Chance and Rock Creek. I would feel confident in catching stripers and bass in any of the canyons between Rock Creek and the Escalante. I think the pattern is quite solid. I would look for water between 30 and 70 feet deep and start trolling and graphing to find fish. Small stripers are in shallow water eating plankton but will hit a small pointer or flicker shad. Larger striper are also eating plankton and holding at 30-35 feet. They will swim up to attack a small lure on the surface. Once that big school is found, drop small spoons (less than 2 inches) with a feather tied to the hook into the school. Retrieve it slowly and irregularly through the school for a quick bite. Fly guys with sinking line would have a ball with these schools now seen holding in many canyons.
Walleye are still hit and miss but will respond better in late April and then be the best fish to chase in May.
So many fish – So little Time!
Lake Powell Fish Report – April 5, 2017
Lake Elevation: 3596.86
Spring warming restarts this week. The best spring fishing happens as water temperature surpasses the 64 degree mark for the first time. Temperature this morning was 53 degrees so there is a long way to go. The weather forecast is for calm weather during the next two weeks with a bit of wind on the weekends. Lake Powell surface temperature will climb to the 57-60 degree mark by the weekend and maintain that level and higher into the next week. Here is what to expect with warming:
Largemouth bass and crappie are getting ready to spawn. As the water temperature rises this week male bass will move into shallow water and begin excavating nests in rocky areas where water depth is 3-5 feet. In clear water those nest sites will be visible so anglers will be able to see nests and cast to aggressive male bass. It is unusual to have the lake level rising this early in the season but the lake is coming up at least one foot per week. That means nests that are selected this week will be progressively deeper each week making sight fishing more difficult. The best sight fishing events will happen in the next two weeks and then by the last week of April the rising lake will muddy the water and that event will conclude. Smallmouth bass will spawn near the end of the month but that will be when the rising lake allows sand and sediment to slough off the shore line ending visual fishing.
This warming is the trigger that walleye have been waiting for. They have completed their spawning effort and with warming will focus on finding food. Since shad and other warm water fish have not yet spawned that food will be limited making walleye work all day to find a meal. Hungry fish are easier to catch. Walleye will be an easy target From April 15 to May 30. The secret to catching them is to keep the bait near the bottom and tip your plastic lure or worm harness with live night crawlers. Remember that the tagged walleye contest is still happening. Catch a tagged fish and win a prize if you are a registered contestant. Find more information here: http://wayneswords.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=97&Itemid=102
Striped bass are separated into 4 separate cohorts:
The first group consists of adult schooling fish that are looking for forage in deep water. Competition is intense in the group and forage is limited in the spring making it difficult to maintain a healthy body. These schools stay in cold water where less energy is used while searching for food. These schools are easy targets for bait fishermen that drop bait down 30-60 feet. The catch of stripers at the dam and in the main channel continues to delight many who catch 20 or more stripers every trip to the dam or other deep water congregational spots.
Group 2 contains immature fish and male stripers preparing to spawn for the first time that are holding in shallow open water. These fish are maintaining their body weight by consuming plankton while swimming with their mouths open all day long. Schools are visible in clear water or readily visible on the graph. Most suspended schooling fish seen now are striped bass. They are catchable with small shallow running lures or even flies that can be trolled or dropped to the depths on fast sinking fly line.
Group 3 are mature adults that have found shad all winter long and live in the backs of major murky water canyons where they can be trolled or spooned when a school is graphed. They move often following forage but are normally in the same general area on each trip.
Group 4 are individual fish that are too slow to compete within a school so they have ventured out on their own. These differ from Group 1 in that they head to shallow water to find any food available. These fish are often encountered by bass anglers working the shallow shoreline. These skinny fish should be euthanized when caught to allow only the healthy bass and stripers to eat limited available forage. These fish will not survive the upcoming summer temperatures so they should be eliminated now to prevent them from suffering.
Lake Powell is an amazing fishery with so many different fish to choose from. The best month of spring for catching a wide variety of fish is upon us and will continue through May 2017. It is time to plan that Lake Powell fishing trip and have another great adventure.