Duck Populations Hit All-Time Record

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North America’s total spring duck population is the highest ever recorded, according to the annual Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey..

Best bite is early in the morning along the Texas middle coast

Welcome to the weekly saltwater fishing reports for the middle coast of Texas. The reports are gathered from Texas Parks & Wildlife Department WEEKLY REPORTS and local fishing guides. Check out the TPWD website for a listing of reports from the entire Texas coast, lakes and rivers.

 PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on topwaters and live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. Trout are good in the surf when the wind allows.

 Trout fising has been pretty good lately despite lots of weather challenges. San Antonio Bay shell in 2-4′ of water continues to produce solid catches while mud/grass still holding some fish on big wind days. Back lakes Redfish action “stunning” in the words of Capt. Chris C. although the fish have been near impossible to see with all the water.—Capt. Kris Kelley

 ROCKPORT: Trout are fair to good in the guts and channels on free–lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good on the flats on shrimp and topwaters.

 Capt. Raymond “Slick” Appel – “This past week fishing has been real challenging. The water temp has been in the upper 90s and the fish is biting in the early mornings. The flats as been really good early morning for reds and trout, I have been using cut and live mullet for reds and free-line Croaker for trout in the pot holes. The wells of Aransas Bay has been holding some good numbers of trout free-line piggies has really been good and or you can use a popping-cork and live shrimp. In the heat of the day I have been going a little deeper and finding some reds in about 3or4 feet of water. And if you see a lot of bait fish in the water the reds also has been under the bait fish. Wear plenty of sun screen and drink plenty of water its been really hot out there.”

 PORT ARANSAS OFFSHORE: Offshore is good for kingfish and red snapper.

PORT ARANSAS JETTY: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers.

PORT ARANSAS BEACHFRONT: Trout are good in the surf on topwaters and croakers.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp. Trout are good on croakers in the sand holes.

 Check out www.examiner.com/fishing-in-houston  for reports and tips for fishing the upper Texas coast.

 Send in a report and photo of your recent fishing trip. You might find your trip featured on a special report. Send information and photos to tbehrcomm@aol.com.

Catches coming out of San Antonio Bay

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Lots of fish catching action this past week from the San Antonio Bay area. The photos are furnished by Capt. Chris Martin of Bay Flats Lodge.

Try shallow this summer

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Pro bass angler and guide Kurt Dove says that the hot summer months in Texas doesn’t necessarily mean the bass are going to be deep. Dove’s home lake is Lake Amistad.

 “I figured the deep bite would be great around the many lake ledges and steep drops. After a few hours fishing deep I noticed no bait and very few fish. Then I went shallow and it was game on! I was catching good topwater fish in the middle of the day and finding a very exciting swimbait bite in 4 feet of water or less!”

 After junking all of his preconceived notions for this time of the year, he started hitting some shallow cover to form a pattern for some upcoming guide trips and his Youth Pro-Bass Camp.

 “I was able to make the transitions pretty quick. When staying shallow this summer be sure to check out the Optimum swimbait new Opti Shad and Victory Tail as well as the 5″ El Grande Lures Gila Monster. Those are the baits I have been having some great success with here on Lake Amistad. The typical thought is to go deep in summer, and yes that works too, but often times bucking the trend and fishing shallow can be very rewarding.”

 Give Dove’s shallow water fishing tips a try on your favorite southeast Texas lake on your fishing trip over the July 4th holiday.

Flash Mob Junior With Colorado and Willow Blades

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Fort Smith, Ark. – Sometimes bass and stripers are feeding on big baitfish, but there are times when a smaller offering gets more action. Anglers are discovering that full-sized multi-lure rigs are great in summer and winter, but after the baitfish spawns these big, bulky rigs get ignored. That’s when a smaller multi-lure rig shines – especially if it’s equipped with four flashing blades. The YUM Bait School Technology Flash Mob Junior is a downsized 5-wire YUMbrella rig with four spinning blades positioned midway down the outer arms. Two versions are available – one with Colorado blades and one with willows.

Another advantage of the Flash Mob Junior is that it’s light enough to be fished on any type of equipment. It’s terror on largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass, crappie, white bass, stripers and just about any predator fish. Rigged with curly-tail grubs or other smaller lures, it catches fish of all sizes.

The Flash Mob Junior is made with the same super-tough stainless steel wire and durable connections as the full-sized model. It doesn’t matter if you’re fishing a stream for smallmouth or giant striped bass, a reservoir during the shad spawn, or a pond for crappie, the Flash Mob Junior creates the illusion of a small school of baitfish and provokes strikes from even inactive fish.

For more information go to http://www.lurenet.com/. The Flash Mob Junior has an MSRP of $12.99.

Freshwater fishing reports for Southeast Texas, June 29

Welcome to the weekly freshwater fishing reports for lakes in Southeast Texas. The reports are gathered from Texas Parks & Wildlife Department WEEKLY REPORTS and local fishing guides. Check out the TPWD website for a listing of reports from all of Texas lakes.

 

BASTROP: Water stained; 85–89 degrees. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, minnows, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

LAKE CONROE: Water fairly clear; 82–86 degrees; 2.57’ low. Black bass are good on minnows and small Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and chicken livers.

FAYETTE COUNTY: Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits off points. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are good on minnows, green Rat–L–Traps, and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and stinkbait.

LAKE LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 84–88 degrees; 0.09’ high. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on slabs, troll tubes, and pet spoons. White bass are good on slabs, troll tubes, and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows over structure. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

SAM RAYBURN: Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 1.11’ low. Black bass are fair on minnows and dark crankbaits. White bass are good on minnows and small spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles in 20–25 feet. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 0.20’ low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

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Explore Texas Outdoors…

Welcome to Outdoors in Southeast Texas where you will be able to find the latest news about fishing, hunting, camping, hiking and boating. Check regularly for new information; also click on www.examiner.com/fishing-in-houston for additional info and tips. 

Happy outdoors…Tom