Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, March-April 2023

Captain Bryan BrawnerBy Captain Bryan Brawner
The speckled trout bite in Galveston East Bay should be starting to kick off as it warms up during the month of March. Anglers have had success fishing around the marshy areas on the east side of the bay, especially in areas with drop-offs and submerged structure. Live shrimp, croakers, and mullet have been effective baits, as well as soft plastics in chartreuse and white colors in marsh canals. Trout will be on the mid-bay reefs more when the water temperature reaches the high 60s. A good bet in April is the Pepper reefs using live shrimp free-lined under a popping cork.

Redfish can be found throughout the bay in March and April, but the best areas to target them are around marshy shorelines and shallow flats. Live shrimp, mullet, and Down South plastics have been producing good results, as well as gold spoons and topwater lures in the early morning and late evening hours. Some anglers have reported success using crab or cut bait as well around the rocks.

Flounder can be found in the deeper channels, marsh entrance drains, and drop-offs throughout the bay in the spring. Anglers have had success using live finger mullet, mud minnows, and soft plastics like Berkley 3″ Gulp Shrimp. Flounder will be at ambush points around marsh drop-offs and inlets containing shell on incoming tides through the end of May.

Black drum, whiting, and sheepshead can be taken on mid-bay reefs now on dead shrimp fished on the bottom. Most mid-bay reefs and reefs along the south shoreline will be a good bet for them. Just target thicker, rougher shell on the reefs.

For some of the remainder of Galveston Bay, here’s a report from Captain Steve Brown at +1 (713) 724-9939: Good fish are being caught keying on slicks in West Bay. Fishing next to the rocks has been good for sheepshead and redfish. Large sheepshead are also being caught next to the rocks at the jetties.

Those that know me are aware that I have moved to Lake Conroe and am offering guide services and classes there. I intend to keep up this report relevant and current though years of experience and input from professional guides like Captain Steve Brown and Captain Alan Hall.

For my long time saltwater clients, save the traffic and headaches of going across the ferry. Take the short drive to Lake Conroe for some of the best eating fish in Texas. Lake Conroe is one of the cleanest lakes and has never had an advisory on eating fish. Even the blue cats are delicious!

Something is always biting. We target hybrids, bass, crappie and catfish. Check my website for specials throughout next year. I update it regularly . There is always something to catch year round here!

Ask about big discount for readers here only for March and April! Limited days available so book it now. Say you saw it on Crystal Beach!

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[BB: Mar-21-2023]

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