Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 4-26-22

By Captain Bryan Brawner
There are 2 major stories impacting the Galveston East Bay System this spring: wind and good salinity levels. The howling South winds are a given for spring, especially in East Bay. This makes a definite advantage for those that wade fish protected shorelines on high and incoming tides. As a lot of the area is experiencing drought, I think back to some of the banner years around 2011, 2012 when there was lack of rain but the bay was in pristine shape with some of the best fishing and population of big specks were spread all over. We do not have the fish population rebuilt yet as the big fish left with past unlivable water conditions, but there are a lot of smaller trout and big reds migrating in the bay and hopefully will stay if we can avoid a deluge and floods.

With the winds, there are a limited number of areas to fish but East Bay offers a lot of protected shoreline and grass from Stingaree shoreline east to Marsh Point. There is scattered shell down the shorelines and at marsh drain areas which will hold fish through May. Also there are always black drum and sheepshead in the same areas and on some of the closer shell reefs like Pepper reefs. These can offer lots of action for keeping the kids busy. Live shrimp under a cork on incoming tide at marsh drains can also make for a productive trip. Giving you pearls here.

Rocks throughout the bay system like Texas City, are reported to have an abundance of big sheepshead right now .Also try the Intercostal for reds now that it’s windy and the salinity is good. There are lots of spots there between Bolivar and Rollover. On cold front days with north winds slicking down the surf, there are reds and whiting now off the Bolivar Beachfront. On days the wind subsides, start looking mid bay between Little Hannas and Middle reef for bird activity. That should be really picking up now.

I will continue with updated report content from myself and several other contributors for East Bay and for other areas of the bay system.

I am making some needed website changes so my my websites will be down for a while. Just text or email. I will not be running any saltwater charters for a while as I prepare to start fresh water trips.

I have moved my boat to Lake Conroe and will be offering guided charters there starting this year after I get everything set up the way I want and become familiar with the specific fish patterns of the Lake. Lots of fun and action!

I grew up fishing lakes all over Texas and have over 30 years experience fishing for bass, crappie, and catfish. I also was a bass/crappie fishing guide on East Texas Lakes before I made the move to the Texas coast. As I move toward a new chapter in my passion for fishing, I am bringing my lifelong freshwater experience along with years as a saltwater charter captain to bring you a memorable, safe and enjoyable fishing adventure in the beautiful waters of Lake Conroe. Stay tuned for my grand opening and charter specials which will begin soon!

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