The Sunrise Lodge on Matagorda Bay
Nov 6 -- It was a great week of fishing
and a great opening weekend of duck season. We found limits of trout
just about every day with bonus redfish and released several trout over
Oct 22 --- October has been impressive
to say the least. Funny thing is : when temperatures really drop to
a fall-like level, the fishing will be "reeeeeeeally" good.
That could happen this week with two decent cold fronts forecasted for
the coast.Duck season opens Nov. 4 and there are already plenty of ducks
here. Our marsh and prairie ponds are loading up with pintails, teal,
gadwalls and wigeons. We have a few weekday spots open for the first
split and one Saturday spot left (Nov.18). The first split ends Nov.26.
The second begins and ends: Dec. 9, 2017 - Jan. 28, 2018....
Oct. 1 --- As good as our fishing has
been this week, I declare fall has arrived. It may still be a little
warm but our trout and redfish are in a fall pattern. Last time I saw
this pattern so early in October was about 15 years ago and we consider
that time period part of the "good ole' days."
Sept 18 -- We have been hunting teal in
the morning and fishing the afternoons. Trout to 30 inches were caught
and released while drifting. Teal hunting has been steady over rice
and marsh ponds.
Aug 21 -- Winds are light this week which
makes every part of the bay a potential hot spot. We have been catching
mixed bags of trout, sand trout and redfish while drifting East Bay.
Aug 14 -- It was a good week for wading and drifting. We caught limits on topwaters and Bass Assassins while wading West Bay and really good trout while drifting East Bay. We are beating the heat by leaving well before daylight and getting on the early bite. The first signs of blue-winged teal showed over the last couple of days. The season runs Sept. 9-24. Follow our daily reports on Facebook, Instagram and on the Texas Insider Fishing Report on Fox Sports Southwest Thurs-Sat
Aug 6 -- Early in the week we caught limits
of trout in the surf on topwaters. Later in the week we caught trout
to six pounds wading and tossing topwaters. This weekend we stayed in
the boat and used live shrimp under a Mid-Coast cork and caught limits
of trout over deep shell.Lots of ways to get in done in Matagorda.
July 24 -- We are beating the heat by getting on the water well before sunrise and getting off the water well before it starts to cook. As the photos attest, there are plenty of fish being caught. Redfish showed this weekend with tides falling due to southwest winds. It has been a great July. Teal season runs Sept 9-24 and promises to be a good one. We have plenty of rice which is often the key ingredient for consistent bluewing hunts. Follow our reports daily on Facebook, Instagram and weekly on the Texas Insider Fishing Report on Fox Sports Southwest.
July 17 -- Another great week of fishing. Light winds and a calm surf gave us every prime locale to fish this week; and, speckled trout were just about everywhere.We caught fish wading with topwaters and also drifted the outer bars of the surf and watched trout bang She Dogs out of the water. We were especially happy the weather was perfect for the Texas Oilman's Tournament. Lots of fish were caught. Teal season is less than two months away and we have a few open dates left. Bluewings had another good hatch. Follow our reports on Facebook, Instagram and weekly on the Texas Insider Fishing Report on Fox Sports Southwest.
July 10 -- It was a great week of fishing.
The wind finally gave us a break and we took advantage. Caught limits
wading with topwaters and soft plastics and drifting with live shrimp
under Mid-Coast cork.
June 26 -- We had a good week of fishing
despite the threat of Tropical Storm Cindy. The high storm tides actually
gave us more real estate to fish and we found redfish in the back lakes.
We caught limits of trout wading on the north shoreline.Topwaters are
producing big trout (see attached photo). We have a few boats open this
week.We have lodging open for the holiday weekend. Hope you have a happy
and safe Fourth of July.
June 19 --- Summer fishing continues to
produce. Saturday was tough with 30 knot winds, but winds have subsided
now and forecasts call for light winds all week. It has been a great
month of June wading or drifting. We have found fish on topwaters and
under a popping cork. We have some weekdays available.
May 21 -- The wind finally subsided a
bit this weekend and made for better catches out of the boat. Wading
has been the ticket with stiff winds as we have continued to stay on
fish on leeward shorelines.
May 15 -- Wading or drifting continues
to produce fish. When the wind blows we have been working the south
shoreline for trout and redfish. When winds are light enough to fish
out of the boat, we have worked deep reefs and shorelines. Fish are
in a summer pattern already and we are excited.
May 7 -- It's been a long time since we
have been able to fish the surf in early May. But it happened this weekend
and the photos tell the tale. We count it a blessing to get in the Gulf
any time before June and after the results we saw this weekend, it looks
like a great summer ahead.
May 1 -- We saw some really good catches
while wading this week. Both topwaters and soft plastics were good over
sand and grass. I have said it many times, but our bays are in as good
a shape as I can remember. Lots of shrimp, shad and mullet. Now it's
May and we will continue to work deep shell for trout and redfish for
those who prefer to stay in the boat and wade the miles of grass flats
for those who like to wade.
April 24 -- The topwater bite was exciting
this week as trout crushed Super Spook Jrs, Skitterwalks and She Dogs
on the incoming tide. Our warmer than normal spring has our fishing
about 3 weeks ahead of schedule.
April 16 -- Easter weekend weather was good and so were our catches. We caught solid trout wading and drifting with soft plastics and topwaters. This week's weather looks good as well. Our tides are back to normal and the new water has pushed lots of glass minnows and mullet to the shorelines.Follow our catches of Instagram @matagordasunriselodge and theTexas Insider Fishing Report @tifrtv on Fox Sports Southwest Thurs-Sat. each week.
April 10 -- Springs winds have determined
where we are fishing. The wind blew stiff this week but we were able
to find good trout wading guts in West Bay. Drifting out of the boat
was tougher at times. We did manage good catches of trout out of the
boat on Down South Lures and Bass Assassins and better catches with
live shrimp in off-colored water. When you can still catch fish in dirty
water you know your bay system is in good shape.
April 3 -- Water temps are in the 70s
and the topwater bite has improved. Wading has been most productive
with windy conditions. However, we have still caught some heavy trout
out of the boat, even in off-colored water. The afternoon bite has been
good as well. Lots of glass minnows showing in West Bay on the incoming
tide. April is a good time to work half a day then head to Matagorda
in the afternoon and catch some fish.
March 27 -- Water temps reached 74 degrees
this weekend, warm enough for some to ditch the waders. Wading was best
this week with spring winds. We did find admirable catches while drifting,
even in the wind.
March 19 -- A good barometer of how many
fish are in a bay system is the ability to catch fish even in tough,
windy, off-colored water conditions. When the wind blew catching was
tougher, but we managed admirable boxes of fish. Check out Capt. Tommy
Alexander's 9-pound trout he caught in the wind. That's 9 pounds after
the fish coughed up a 10-inch mullet on the way to the boat. As winds
subsided, we got back to finding limits while drifting. Waders continued
to catch limits of trout and scattered redfish even with the wind. Spring
is here. We have boats available.
March 12 -- The past week probably yielded
the best catches of 2017. We only fished early in week due to attending
the Houston Fishing Show Wed-Sun, but the two days we fished we released
10 trout over five pounds while drifting. Our bay system just continues
to amaze. There's not very many places in this world you can catch that
many large trout so consistently. Spring Break is this week. We have
boats available. Afternoon fishing is often just as solid as morning
trips this time of year.
March 6 -- Fishing out of the boat was
a little more challenging last week with stiff winds, but if you were
willing to wade catches were pretty good on soft plastics and Soft-Dines.
Guts and sloughs produced most of the fish. Tides swelled to spring
levels later in the week allowing for good redfish action in the back
Feb 27 -- Trout to near 8 pounds (picture)
were caught while drifting over deep shell. Limits of trout were caught
while wading in West Bay with pink MirrOlure Soft-Dines. Tides have
returned and water temps are inching closer to 70 degrees. Fishing just
keeps getting better and better.
Feb 20 -- Matagorda Bay continues to produce
good catches. Early in the week when the wind was blowing from the north,
we caught limits of trout wading back lakes on MirrOlure Soft-Dines.
Feb 12 -- I know Phil saw his shadow,
but it really doesn't matter if we have another month of winter because
we really have not had a winter anyway. When is the last time water
temps reached 70 degrees in February?
Feb 4 --- We put away the shotguns and
grabbed the rods and caught limits wading and drifting. Deep shell in
East Bay is producing on soft plastics while guts and sloughs in West
Bay are holding solid trout on Bass Assassins and MirrOlure Soft-Dines.
Water temps are in the upper 60s. It is more of a spring-like bite.
Dec 12 ---- Fishing was fabulous this
week before the cold front blew through. Then the warm weather returned
today (Sunday) and limits of trout were caught under birds. More of
the same mild weather is forecasted for this week and fishing should
be great. Afternoons this time of year are just as good.
Nov 21 -- It's that time of year when
you don't know whether to hunt or fish - both or equally good right
now. Many are doing both.We are holding ALOT of ducks and geese. This
weekend over a dozen groups shot full limits of ducks.We have caught
limits of trout and scattered redfish while working deep shell on Bass
Assassins and topwaters. We have afternoons available to fish this week.
I like PM fishing better this time of year. We have room for duck hunts
this week through the weekend, especially Friday. While the women are
getting up early for Black Friday you might as well get up to shoot
some ducks. The first split ends Sunday.
Nov 14 - Lots of casting and blasting this
week. Neither disappointed. When you can catch 30-40 fish on an afternoon
session - fishing is just plain good. We saw an influx of duck late
in the week. Decoying action has been steady. Check out all of our harvests
on Instagram @matagordasunriselodge.
Nov 7 -- Duck season opened this weekend
and all of our groups shot full limits Saturday and Sunday.
Oct 30 -- Limits of trout and near limits
of redfish were the norm this week while drifting. We also found big
redfish while wading the shorelines as well. Fishing is just plain good
- not much more to say.
Oct 24 -- Our fishing stayed red hot this week. Lots of trout, sand trout and redfish were caught while drifting or wading. More ducks and geese arrived this week with the bright moon and cool front. Duck season opens in 2 weeks on Nov.5. We still have one spot for opening weekend on Nov. 6th.
Oct 17 -- Unseasonably warm temps was the
norm this week. Water temps warmed to the 80s which put fish back in
a summer pattern. We caught lots of fish over deep shell on plastics
and live shrimp. Had trout to seven pounds we released. A cool front
is forecasted for the end of the week which should put us back in a
Oct 3 - I can't remember fishing the surf
in late September, much less Oct.1. But that is exactly what happened
this week. Thursday - Saturday the surf was fishable and there were
lots of fish. Of course, there are plenty of fish in the bay, too, as
some of our other boats proved.
Sept 24 - Another teal season is in the
books and it was a good one. Thank your local rice farmer because more
rice means more ducks and that was definitely the case. If teal season
is a precursor to the regular duck and goose season, look for more awesome
hunts. Duck season opens Nov.5.
Sept 19 - First week of teal season was
pretty good. Limits were the norm. We saw an influx of birds mid-week
with the full moon. We have lots of rice which is holding impressive
numbers of bluewings. The season runs through Sunday Sept. 25.
Sept 12 - Teal season opened this weekend
and it was good. Lots of birds in second-cropped rice.
Aug 28 -- Drifting in the bay for trout
and redfish was good on Gulps under a popping cork and live shrimp.
We waded for limits of trout in West Bay on topwaters and soft plastics
Aug 21 -- We dodged rain all week but caught
fish on topwaters while wading and out of the boat while drifting with
shrimp and soft plastics. More light southeast winds are forecasted
for this week. We have boats available.
Aug 14 -- The past week was not the easiest
week of fishing with southwest winds. We managed good catches despite
off-colored water. The good news is the "sweet Southeast"
wind returned Sunday and is forecasted for the entire week. Southeast
wind is conducive to rain and a low barometer and our fish bite so much
Aug 8 -- Fishing remains very consistent.
We were able to get in the surf for a day last week and it was GOOOD!
Then the Gulf got a little rough so we went back in the bay and 5 boats
took full limits of trout.
July 31 -- July is gone and it as a good
one on Matagorda Bay. Piles of fish were caught wading and drifting
this week. As far as August goes, it is normally a month with light
winds. We hope to get back in the surf at least one more time. If not,
the bay will do just fine. We have weekdays available.
July 24 -- Winds were light all week and our catches were heavy. It has been hot but we have caught our trout and redfish and returned to the dock before the sun gets cooking. Wading has been much cooler and solid trout have come from reefs and while tossing topwaters on the south shoreline. Fish were caught in the surf this week as well. Follow our catches on Instagram @matagordasunriselodge.
June 26 - Another good week a fishing in
Matagorda. We waded for limits of trout early in the week and drifted
for mixed bags of speckled trout, sand trout and redfish through the
weekend. It has been a solid June.
June 19 -- The week started kind of tough
with southwest winds but got better with a return to light winds. Capt.
Michael Kubecka's boat caught and released a true 10-pound trout Saturday.
Winds were less than 5 knots Sunday and the rest of the week is forecasting
the same. We will be wading with topwaters early in the week and drifting
deep reefs in East Bay. The surf has a good chance to get right as well.
June 12 --- This past week was probably
the best week of summer fishing Matagorda has enjoyed in about 10 years.
Birds worked over 5-9 pound speckled trout and fish ate topwaters wading
or drifting. It was just plain good - a testament to the prosperity
of our estuary.
June 5 --- Lots and lots of rain last week,
but we dodged storms and caught piles of fish. Wading was good on Down
South Lures and Super Spooks and drifting was good on Gulps and live
shrimp. Trout are really eating topwaters and the surf could get "right"
May 31 -- The holiday week and weekend was
a good one except for Friday when winds blew about 35 mph. We are still
finding big trout and lots of keepers in between.
May 23 --- Wading with topwaters or drifting
with corks produced really nice speckled trout this week. Seems like
a broken record but fishing continues to be as consistent as we have
seen in a decade. We have a few boats open Tues-Thurs this week and
look forward to a busy Memorial Day Weekend. The kids will be out of
school in a week and June will be upon us. Surf, wading, drifting, all
are June possibilities.
May 14 --- Just a solid, solid week of fishing.
Winds were less than 10 knots and we caught limits out of the boat most
of the week. Saturday we caught limits while wading with topwaters and
soft plastics. Matagorda continues to get better and better. Good catches
of trout were caught in the surf over the weekend.
May 8 --- It sounds like a broken record,
but our fishing continue to be solid, solid, solid. Most days this past
week at least one speckled trout in the 5-7 pound range was caught and
released on our boats. It only gets better as May grows older and summer
May 2 --- The talk at the cleaning table
between captains has been the disbelief at just how good our fishing
has been, even in not so conducive weather.
April 24 --- While many folks affected by
flooding didn't have fishing on their mind this week, those who were
able to get out enjoyed some of the best catches of the year. Big trout
bit this week. We released multiple fish over 7 pounds and the fish
in the photo was over 8 pounds. Drifting was good on soft plastics and
live shrimp. We caught limits of trout on topwaters while wading reefs
as well. With all the rain the Colorado River came out of its banks
and was at 43 feet in Bay City Friday. It has since dropped to around
30 feet now.
April 18 --- Caught limits of trout all
week while tossing Bass Assassins, Down South Lures and live shrimp.
It got tougher over the weekend with east winds gusting to over 30 mph,
but we still managed admirable catches. The big fish photo is a 40-plus
pound black drum that crashed the party while we were catching speckled
Sidenote: April 26 of 2014 and 2015 my boat caught and released a 30-inch trout. Don't know what it is about the date, but I still have an opening for April 26,2016.
April 10 --- Our great spring fishing continued
this week, mainly while drifting over scattered. Matagorda Bay continues
to impress in both East and West bays. Water temps are easing close
to 70 degrees and it won't be long until we wade wet. Some of the trout
we caught wading in West Bay coughed up glass minnows this week.
April 3 --- Chamber of Commerce weather
is forecasted for this week. Good trout continue to be caught drifting.
Better trout have been found wading guts and sloughs. We catch a lot
of big fish in April and spring continues to be wonderful.
March 27 --- If this April is anything like the past two Aprils, expect some big trout to be caught. Things are really looking good this spring on Matagorda Bay. Wading or drifting, fishing has been impressive. Glass minnows should begin to show on the shorelines in the afternoon in West Bay this month. And, speckled trout and large Gulf trout are hanging over deep shell in East Bay....We have boats available this week, morning or afternoon....Follow us on Instagram @matagordasunriselodge
March 20 -- Spring Break and the Fishing
Show is over. It's beautiful outside and the fish are biting. It turned
a little chilly this weekend but will warm up nicely this week. We have
been catching trout and redfish wading and drifting. Our bays are in
March 13 --- The bays continue to impress
this spring. We caught trout to five pounds this week drifting with
soft plastics. Sunday morning we caught limits of trout while wading
with MirrOlure Soft-Dines and red shad Bass Assassins. We have boats
available early in the week, but will be at the Houston Fishing Show
March 7 --- Caught fish early in the week
wading and ended the week with pretty good catches while drifting in
stiff winds. Water temps are nearing 70s degrees. Our bays are in great
shape. We will be at the Houston Fishing Show March 16-20. Come by and
see us. Our show special includes a free Waterloo rod.
Feb 29 --- Early in the week fishing was
good with limits while wading. Then the cold front blew in and dropped
water temps about 15 degrees and fishing slowed. Then it warmed back
up this weekend and the fish bit pretty good while wading and drifting.
Feb 15 --- Spring-like weather is forecasted
for this week. Our fishing has been really solid. Limits of trout and
a few redfish and flounder have come while wading, but we also have
done well drifting with Bass Assassins and Gulps. Our tides were low
last week, but the south wind has returned and pumped more water in
the bay. We have boats open this week to remedy cabin fever.
Feb 8 .. Trout continue to eat Bass Assassins
and MirrOlure Soft-Dines in guts and bayous along the south shoreline.
The Matagorda Bay system impresses me daily at the number of fish it
is coughing up. All that freshwater from 2015 has revived our bays and
made for incredible fishing.
Feb 1 ... Winter fishing is good. The photos
attest. Solid trout being caught on Bass Assassins, Down South Lures
and MirrOlure Soft-Dines. Limits were the norm this week. Call, text
Jan. 23 ... We ended duck season with a
30-minute, 30-bird limit Sunday morning. Now it's all fishing. Capt.
Glenn Ging put his customer on a beautiful trout weighing 8.5 pounds
on a Boga Sunday (photo below).
Jan. 11.... Two weeks of duck season left
and it finally got cold. The lockup to the north from freezing ponds
has sent lots more ducks to us in Texas. Hunting has been very good.