Rollover Pass Fishing Report

Rollover Pass is considered one of the premier fishing spots on the upper Texas coast, and this weekly report gives a rundown of what is being caught.

Rollover Pass is located in Gilchrist, Texas, on the Bolivar peninsula, approx. 20 miles from the Bolivar ferry landing. The pass was constructed in the 1950′s connecting the Gulf of Mexico with Galveston Bay to increase the salinity of the bay and give fish easier access to spawning and feeding areas in the bay.

Rollover Pass Fishing Report, Apr 14 – Apr 20, 2014

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Warming waters and baitfish are helping to improve the fishing action at Rollover Pass. Day-shift anglers are loading up on drum and whiting with a few sheepshead, flounder, and redfish in their boxes. Night-shift anglers are catching specks on the eve of the sunsets and on the early morning tides. The specks aren’t in the surf as yet but it won’t be much longer.

Rollover Pass Fishing Report, Apr 7 – Apr 13, 2014

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Spring came to Rollover for a short time. During this period of sun and active fishing the BIG TROUT came to play, flounder provided numerous dinners, behemoth black drum snapped lines, broke rods taking some with them, and the bull redfish planted plenty of smiles on anglers faces. BUT what Mother Nature giveth she can also taketh away. With YET

Rollover Pass Fishing Report, Mar 31 – Apr 6, 2014

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
After we get through this extended winterization, the fishing at the pass should be GREAT!! The specks are showing up in numbers now with schoolies and mega specks from 2 to 8 plus lbs coming in. The black drum are running with anglers catching plenty of keeper eaters along with some MONSTERS going to 40 plus lbs. The spring flounder run

Rollover Pass Fishing Report, Mar 24 – Mar 30, 2014

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Fishing action at Rollover Pass is beginning to warm up with the water; night-fishing and day time anglers are boxing specks, sand trout, reds, drum, and flounder. A weeks worth of sunny skies with baitfish and shrimp migrating through the pass should do it-TICK, TICK, TICK!!

 

Rollover Pass Fishing Report, Mar 17 – Mar 23, 2014

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Extended warm spell helped the fishing action with anglers catching speckled trout, flounder, pompano, drum, redfish, and sheepshead, but Sunday’s cold-front with north winds and rain may cool the bite somewhat. Hopefully, the front won’t chill the waters too much and the bite will pick back up on Wednesday. On the Galveston Bay fuel spill,

Rollover Pass Fishing Report, Mar 10 – Mar 16, 2014

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Hopefully the chill of winter is about over. If so, the fishing action at Rollover will hopefully heat up with the Springtime temps. As of Sunday the 16th, a few reds were nibbling baits with some real bruisers collecting fishing rods and snapping lines along the way. It has been reported that around 10 to 12 fishing rigs were yanked into the pass by bull reds and

Rollover Pass Fishing Report, Mar 3 – Mar 9, 2014

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
This past week provided the good, the bad, and the ugly fishing action due to being locked into an unusually cold winter. But with a little more patience by anglers, the weather will eventually break into the “Texas Friendly” we are all used to. Despite the negatives, the anglers were able to land a few nice fish for their

Rollover Pass Fishing Report, Feb 24 – Mar 2, 2014

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Water temp fluctuations are playing havoc with Rollover’s fishing action. On upswings to the 60′s, the bite is good for reds, drum, and flounder; but on the downswing to the 40′s, it is strictly pot luck. The Specks must have previously known this was about to happen, because they have completely disappeared. All we can hope for is sunny skies

Rollover Pass Fishing Report, Feb 17 – Feb 23, 2014

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
This Crazy winter weather fluctuating from icy to humid to icy again is throwing the fishing action off. Good days and bad days are being had by angler, but when good the bull reds and drum are cooperating with great catches coming in. Small male flounder are moving back into the bay. NO REPORT ON TROUT ACTION as of yet. Water temp

Rollover Pass Fishing Report, Feb 10 – Feb 16, 2014

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Water temp started out at 42 degess and slowly rose to the 56 degree mark. If the weather allows, the magic temp of 60 should be realized by Monday or Tuesday. When this happens, the fish will come out of their doldrums and start to feed, so have patience anglers, the trout will be here soon along with the reds, drum, and flounder- TICK, TICK, TICK!!

Rollover Pass Fishing Report, Feb 3 – Feb 9, 2014

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Even though very few fish were caught this past week due to frigid conditions, it is all starting to come together folks. All we need now is a stretch of warm weather to get all the fish and bait to start their cycles. All the fish you see on this report were caught on Sunday (Feb 9). Shad and shrimp are beginning to run and winter male flounder are

Rollover Pass Fishing Report, Jan 27 – Feb 2, 2014

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Ice Age storms and arctic winds chilled bay waters, putting fishing action on hold. The bite has been sporadic with warming trends providing a few catches for anglers with ice-berg fronts freezing the bite for un-nipped baits. The fish photo page shows off the few catches anglers managed to land from January freeze outs until now. Fortunately, we are nearing

Rollover Pass Fishing Report

Ed Snyder is on vacation for the month of January. The Rollover Fishing Report will resume when he gets back in February. We appreciate all Ed does for the Bolivar fishing community, his reports and pictures are the most widely read articles each week on Crystal Beach Local News. Ed, have a great break, and we look forward to your 2014 reports and photos.

Fishing Report For Dec 16 through Dec 22, 2013

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
This past week had its ups and downs with the weather and the often finicky fish. When we thought they would, they wouldn’t. It just goes to show you that the fish have their own agenda for their actions or non-actions. The flounder run is all but over but still seeing some stragglers coming through. The Bull Redfish and Drum are very active on the Gulf side

Fishing Report For Dec 9 through Dec 15, 2013

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
This past week saw multiple cold fronts chill Rollover’s waters to the extreme, numbing the fish and anglers alike. Very few quality fish were caught due to the fact that they just didn’t have time to recover. The saddle blanket flounder didn’t make a move through the pass and are probably buried deep in the mud. I’ll do one more weekly report,

Fishing Report For Dec 2 through Dec 8, 2013

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Back to back cold fronts and chilly north winds stunned the fishing at the Pass. But prior to all this wintry stuff, the flounder bite was “kickin” with 14 to 26 inch flatfish coming in. Don’t really know what’s going to happen after this weeks cold spell. Only time will tell, but it may initiate my final fishing report for this year. Will let you know on the

Fishing Report For Nov 25 through Dec 1, 2013

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Flounder Limit Goes Back To Five Per Day. The often discussed and fussed about 2 flounder per day limit for November is OVER, and the long awaited return to five flounder per day is BACK! This past week provided a mix of good and bad for flounder anglers as this past CHILL DOWN really stunned the flatfish, AND its anglers. Angler

Fishing Report For Nov 18 through Nov 14, 2013

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
The Gilchrist Community Association wishes our visitors a very filling Thanksgiving Holiday and a NO PARKING FEES on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov 28). So after you’ve feasted on Turkey and pumpkin pie, pack up your family and enjoy a day of fishing here at Rollover Pass. This past week had its ups and downs on the flounder and redfish bite

Fishing Report For Nov 11 through Nov 17, 2013

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Previous week provided both good and bad weather conditions with the good activating the flounder run and the bad stalling the run. But that’s how it goes folks. We need those chill downs to get the flounder off their beds and through the cut. This last front managed to get a few of the larger females moving and with this next front due

Fishing Report For Nov 5 through Nov 11, 2013

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Steady flounder action most of the week with the larger females beginning to run through the pass. Redfish have been good all week with plenty of slots and Bulls keeping the anglers happy. Sheepshead are beginning to show up in numbers and the Black Drum are plentiful with both legal keeper eaters and Bulls. This next week should

Fishing Report For Oct 28 through Nov 4, 2013

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
After two days of wind and rain and two days of freshwater runoffs, the pass was sluggish in its offerings, but still produced for day-shift and night-shift anglers when the tides were right. Good flounder to 6 lbs and specks to 5 lbs were caught and boxed. The redfish also kept anglers busy on both the Gulf side and the bay side. The larger female

Fishing Report For Oct 21 through Oct 27, 2013

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
This past week offered great fishing for some but slow fishing for others. Boaters and Bay-waders enjoyed great flounder action with many limits being caught and boxed. Bulkhead anglers experienced good and bad days as smaller male flounder were still the mainstay catches with a few larger females being caught. It is going to take a cold front

Fishing Report For Oct 14 through Oct 20, 2013

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Listen to the whispers of Autumn and you’ll hear the murmuring of anglers discussing their flounder catching days of yore, present, and future. The fun and excitement of this year’s flounder run is about to happen folks. The chill of Autumn’s north winds are being felt by flounder on the flats, which will cause them to vacate their summer homes

Fishing Report For Sept 30 through Oct 6, 2013

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
This past weeks action gave credence to September’s Redfish and Golden Croaker run. Redfish were amazing with many Bulls to 40-plus inches caught. The Golden Croaker didn’t disappoint either with plenty of Bull Croaker from 12 to 15 inches hitting the boxes, with a few making the 18 inch mark. As cold fronts make their runs south, the long

Fishing Report For Sept 23 through Sept 30, 2013

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Reds and Croaker were the main catches from last week with reds running to 48 inches and Bull Croaker going to 18 inches. The red and croaker run is still ongoing and should get even better when a cool front hits next week to begin cooling bay waters – WHICH will start the flounder skittering through the pass to the Gulf. As bay waters cool,

Fishing Report For Sept 16 through Sept 23, 2013

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Redfish action is on going and getting better with lots of slot and Bulls being caught. Flounder bite is starting to improve with limits being caught off the bay side bulkheads. The long awaited Golden Croaker run is heating up with several Bull croaker to 15 inches being caught. The first run of Gulf Trout (Silver Trout) is starting to show up

Fishing Report For Sept 9 through Sept 16, 2013

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
THE REDFISH ARE RUNNING FOLKS!! So get your rods, reels, and favorite redfish baits and head for Rollover. Nightime or daytime activity is producing great catches and fine eating for those who enjoy the finer things in life. Golden Croaker are also starting to show up with several 15 inchers already boxed for those croaker fish fry fiestas. This is

Fishing Report For Sept 2 through Sept 9, 2013

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
The annual September Redfish Run is in full swing with plenty of Bulls and slots in the surf and cut providing great fishing action for the anglers. Specks in the surf mainly a hit or miss event for wade anglers, but when it’s hit the waders are connecting with trout to 7 lbs. Night-shift anglers doing well at times, fishing mainly live baits. Flounder anglers