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January 15, 2010

Top 5 Spots for Big Texas Trout

Check out these hot spots for Lone Star lunkers

4. Frozen Point - East Galveston Bay: Named for the great freeze of 1900, when cattle literally froze in their tracks along the bay's edge, this terrain of shell and mud on the banks of the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge has long been a big trout magnet. Its proximity to Rollover Pass allows for constant flushing of tides and bait, and the mud bottom acts as an insulator during the winter, holding warmer water temperatures despite frigid surface readings.

Incoming tides escort mullet from the Gulf of Mexico, and the outgoing current drains the nearby marsh of shad and shrimp. In the fall, diving gulls point the way to fish. I know, school trout normally hang under birds, but don't be surprised to catch a gator trout under birds along this shore.

Topwaters rule during the fall and summer, but Corkies, Catch 5s and Catch 2000s are good choices in the winter. Plum, glow or electric chicken Bass Assassins, Norton Bull Minnows or Texas Trout Killers rigged on light jig heads are solid offerings as well.

Pros' Choice: There are a lot of different go- to artificials for this location, but it really depends on the season. A rule of thumb is to fish subsurface in the summer and on the surface in the winter.