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 Report, Aug-17 thru Aug-23, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
This past week provided plenty of trout action, mainly on the gulf side after the morning tide change from ingoing to outgoing. Pods of shrimp began moving through to the gulf, which attracted sea birds, which then attracted trout hungry anglers. Most of the trout were banana size with one out of seven being a 15 inch keeper, but a few nice

Rollover Pass Report, Aug-10 thru Aug-16, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Excellent overall bite this past week put both night-shift and day-shift trout limits and near limits in anglers boxes. Redfish are starting to show up with plenty of Bulls in the surf and slot reds in the cut. The croaker bite was good for handsized with a few mansized croaker showing up. The flounder were also providing great action for both

Rollover Pass Report, July 3 to July 9, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Overall good action last week for trout and flounder anglers. Night-shift anglers did well on specks, usually from dark/30 to midnight, while day-shift anglers did well for trout on the gulf-side. Bay-side bulkhead anglers did well on flounder and croaker; lots of hand-sized croaker were boxed for those family fish fries. Surf waders had minimum trout action

Rollover Pass Report, July 20 thru July 26, 2015

nancyBy Miss Nancy’s Bait Camp
(Ed Snyder has been in the hospital and was unable to write this week)
Saturday afternoon the specks started biting which continued overnight, with near limits caught on soft plastics and shrimp during the pre-dawn hours! Here’s a shout out to the following folks: Eddie Morrison of Lumberton and Clint Wagner of Houston caught 7 trout yesterday afternoon using

Rollover Pass Report, July 13 thru July 19, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
The heat of summer has split the anglers methods of fishing. Night-shift anglers, who prefer the cool of the evenings, spend PM hours lit up by the generator’s rhythm casting nocturnal waters for trout; while day-shift anglers prefer the heat of a summers day under makeshift shade fishing for whatever will bite. Yet others will immerse themselves

Rollover Pass Report, July 6 thru July 12, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Night-Time is fast becoming the Right Time for speck fishing as the growl of generators light up the sky marking the pass for those who enjoy. Day Time activity has been paying off for trout and flounder anglers as well. Croaker are moving into the pass for you croaker fanciers, but are mostly hand-sized fish. Drum are still an active item as well as

Rollover Pass Report, June 29 thru July 5, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
BAD BEGINNING BUT GREAT FINISH on Rollover this past week. TS Bill put the kabash the first part of this week, but immediately after, the specks turned on AND STAYED ON on the Gulf side of the bridge. OH, there was a slow down or two but as of this writing the trout action is back on. Flounder also took front seat on the action near the bridge

Rollover Pass Report, June 22 thru June 28, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
After TS Bill left its watery mark on our fishing area and later the winds ebbed, the Speckled Trout came out to play. A short week provided some excellent trout action for anglers fishing near the bridge as well as near the surf. Flounder also made a good showing with many nice flatfish landed, including a 3.5 and a 6.12 lb flounder. The 6.12 was

Rollover Pass Report, June-15 thru June-21, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Despite the effects from Tropical Storm Bill, Rollover Pass recovered quickly, providing some really great speck action for the trout wranglers. Reds and flounder were a bit slow on the comeback, but anglers were kept busy with drum, croaker, and gafftop. Flounder is a hit or miss option, but a few 18 to 20 inchers were landed.

Rollover Pass Report, June 8 thru June 14, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Off and on fishing action this past week with early week runs of redfish. Golden croaker starting to show up early with anglers catching mostly hand sized fish topped by a 15 incher. Specks were great in the surf and near the bridge due to shrimp migrating from the bay through the cut. Gafftop beginning to show up; flounder action is mostly

Rollover Pass Report, Jun-1 thru Jun-7, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Overall,it’s been a good week with early morning tides providing clear waters, tons of baitfish, and big predator fish such as bull reds, jack crevalle, spanish mackerel, gafftop, and one nice triple-tail. Redfish action was excellent during morning incoming with schooly trout showing up as well. Night-shift anglers saw trout action from

Rollover Pass Report, May 25 thru May 31, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
This past week provided excellent speckled trout action for surf and cut anglers. One speck put Rollover on the tournament map with a 28.4inch by 8.5 lb speck being the first trout weigh-in for the CCA Star event. It’s angler could win a $30-thousand dollar boat if it holds for overall. This was mostly a trout week, but other species such as

Rollover Pass Report, May 18 thru May 24, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
It’s more like SPRUNG than Spring with March Winds and April Showers getting all mixed up in May. Weathermen are blaming it on xx with anglers blaming the weather, but betwixt all this wind and rain the fishing situation at Fish Pass (when the tide is right) is speck-tacular. But WHEN is the tide right? For you bridge anglers, it is the early morning incoming

Rollover Pass Report, May 11 thru May 17, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Post storm conditions along with tide flushes put fishing back on line for anglers looking for specks and flounder. The speckled trout action warmed up on both sides of the bridge and in the surf for three to five pound fish coming in, topped with 27 to 28 inch mega-trout. The flounder pounders are once again picking up flatfish with a ratio of

Rollover Pass Report, May 4 thru May 10, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
As of this writing, strong south winds are buffeting with near gale-force winds. FOLKS, this the longest time I’ve ever seen Rollover Pass in a fishless funk. Oh, I’ve seen the cut go from good to bad back to good in only a few days, but NEVER a week long siege of nothingness. The bait is here, finger mullet, live shrimp, shad, and crabs, but the fish

Rollover Pass Report, Apr-27 thru May-3, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Although this past week plagued Rollover with freshwater runoffs on outgoing tides, the fishing action still provided some quality catches. Several nice slot reds were caught from the best Spring run I’ve seen in years, and several gator-trout from 25 to 28 were caught by anglers. The spring flounder run seemed to slack off a bit but are still

Rollover Pass Report, Apr-20 thru Apr-26, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Despite severe weekend storm conditions, fishing at the Pass was exceptional for trout, reds, and flounder. Anglers who dodged the storms and stayed put experienced good trout action, fantastic redfish, and great spring flounder runs. This coming week should see the same. (Special Note: Check Miss Nancy’s Bait Camp on Facebook

Rollover Pass Report, Apr-13 thru Apr-19, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
From Monday week through Thursday, the specks, reds, flounder, and most every other species of fish kept the anglers busy catching what they were after; but by Friday the monsoons reappeared with another spell of drenching storms leaving Rollover flushed with freshwater. As soon as incoming gulf tides re-salt bay waters, the fish should

Rollover Pass Report, April 6 thru April 12, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
What a difference a day makes- last week fair to middlin catches- and this week all heck broke loose. One Day Zero’s and one day Hero’s is what I say. This past week’s fishing action is nothing short of being downright awesome, especially for trout and reds, with many 24 to 27 inch trout and reds being caught and released, or boxed

Rollover Pass Report, Mar-30 to Apr-5, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Sporadic Fishing Action shows that when the fish want to bite they will bite; and when the fish don’t want to bite, WELL they just don’t (but then you have the hard-heads!!). This past week gave credence to the Rollover Pass epitaph of “When the Pass is good, IT’S GOOD; and when the Pass is bad, IT’S BAD”. I guess Spring vacation includes

Rollover Pass Report, Mar-23 thru Mar-29, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Rollover Pass anglers enjoyed the changes in weather and fishing over the weekend with the trout, redfish, drum, flounder, and whiting making their Spring runs. Continued improvements will all but guarantee great fishing for the upcoming Easter Holidays. So plan on making your Holiday trek to Rollover Pass to enjoy some quality fishing time

Rollover Pass Report, Mar-16 to Mar-22, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Things were heating up with the specks, reds, drum, and flounder coming out of their slump, then the monsoon hit flooding Rollover with 4 to 5 inches of rain. April showers in March, probably get the March winds in April and winters snow in May. BUT, things are ONCE AGAIN looking up for Rollover’s fishery. All we have to do is WAIT for

Rollover Pass Report, Mar 9 to Mar 15, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
These past two weeks of back to back arctic fronts with icy winds and chilled rains dropped our 70 degree waters down to 48 degrees, muting the redfish, trout, whiting, drum, and flounder bite to nil; but hopefully this week’s predictions of warmer weather will revive the fish bite back to its normal fare. We can only hope and wait folks, for August will

Rollover Pass Report, Feb-23 thru Mar-1, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly visited Rollover Pass these past two weeks with the Good times providing some excellent trout action with several 25-plus inch specks caught and released along with reds, flounder, and drum. The Bad times provided a few good catches but you had to work hard and long to get them. And the Ugly blew in

Rollover Pass Report, February 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Hit or Miss on the speck bite. After tiresome casting and switching baits and colors until they decide to start feeding…then it’s “Katie Bar The Door” for big and small trout with anglers asking “WHAT COLOR? CURLY OR PADDLE TAIL? SOFT OR HARD BAIT? SLOW OR FAST RETRIEVE? and so forth until they suddenly shut down! The flounder

Rollover Pass Report, Jan-1 to Feb-1, 2015

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
The following fish photos were anglers and fish catches from the month of January. I plan on posting bi-weekly fishing reports until the Rollover Pass fishery can support a weekly report. As of now, the fishing is slow but improves sporadically when weather and tides allow. Redfish, drum, whiting, and sheepshead are being caught now on a

Cold Weather Fishing

We received an email the other day from one of our readers asking, “How is fishing at Rollover during January cold weather?

We posed this question to two of the local fishing pros, and their responses may be of interest to other fishermen.


Rollover Pass Fishing Report

Ed is on vacation and will not continue regular updates until sometime in February. He headed to South Texas for some wildlife photography and fishing activity around Choke Canyon and Mustang Island.
He wishes everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR.


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