Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 5-24-22

By Captain Bryan Brawner
As usual this time of year, the wind has been impacting where you can fish most days. One of the weather sites said that it has been one of the windiest springs on record. No rain though has left the salinity levels good throughout the system. As long as the salinity stays good, this is shaping up to finally be a decent year for Galveston East Bay. Larger specks are returning with good catches reported when anglers can get out between windy days.

With the water temps up, most of the fish will move away from shorelines to mid bay reefs and deeper areas.

Some of the best areas in East Bay will be reefs like Deep, Middle, and Frenchy’s. Stay on the outside of the reefs and look for slicks. Shrimp under a popping cork is usually hard to beat in June but on Bolivar you cannot rely on having live bait on a consistent basis. I have found that Down South plastics have produced better than anything. Just slow down your presentation when the bite slows. Lots of times they will just pick it up off the bottom with minimal action, especially around the deeper gas wells. Trinity Bay is also on fire now with bird action along the protected areas like Dollar Reef.

On the real windy days, time will be well spent now exploring areas to fish along the Intercostal Waterway from Bolivar to High Island. Marsh drains, lake entrances, humps and run offs are likely spots for big reds. Watch for areas of active bait and slicks.

The fish will always be hitting at the Bolivar beachfront on calmer days when the water clears some. Gold spoons and top waters early have been good for specks and reds. Of course, the sharks are plentiful there!

I have moved my boat to Lake Conroe and am offering guided charters there now for channel catfish, crappie, and hybrids. Lots of fun and catching! I have weekday specials available now available for my readers and past customers of classes and charters.

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

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