Many anglers & guides alike look back on the mid-nineties as the “glory days” of trout fishing on the Texas coast. I was just a few years into the business, & at the time I did not appreciate the abundance of fish & the quality of the estuary. By 2004, the drought had begun to affect our bays & fishing had become tougher as a rule. I often fondly looked back at the “good old days” when trout seemed to be bigger & everywhere while I was routinely making a 30-mile run to find fish in the late 2000’s.
I almost always mention rain & its effects on our fishing in each of my reports, & the last 20 months or so have blessed us with unprecedented rains in the Rockport area. This inflow of fresh water, in addition to the reopening of Cedar Bayou in September, 2014, has made a tremendous impact on our fishery.
Looking back on April & May, I can say with confidence that I have NEVER seen trout of this quality & abundance in our bay system in the 23 years I have been fishing the waters of Rockport. Salinity is low, bait fish is available & abundant, shrimp & crabs are everywhere, & we, the anglers, are the beneficiaries of it all.
Another round of significant rain is expected here in the next few days, all but assuring that our summer salinity levels & water temps will stay low, and that our fishing will remain at or near this incredibly high level for the next several months.
If you want to participate in some amazing fishing, book a trip to Redfish Lodge this summer and see for yourself. There is no doubt in my mind that years from now we will look back at this season as the “glory days” of trout in Rockport.