February 20, 2021

The record-setting freeze that slammed Texas is having devastating impact on some areas of the Gulf Coast.

Aransas Bay, Pringle Lake and areas in Lower Laguna Madre are showing large fish kills with species from croaker to speckled trout dying in large numbers.

Freezes in 1983 and 1989 killed tens of milions of fish. The jury is still out on the overall impact of this system.

So far, no major reports of fish kills on Sabine Lake have been reported.

Me and my friend Nolan Haney went out and surveyed the extreme northern tier of the lake in East Pass, Middle Pass, Stewts Island, Coffee Ground Cove over to The Pines on the Louisiana shoreline.

The only dead fish we found was one speckled trout, a mature one on the shore of The Pines.

Carey Delpi, Sabine Lake Ecosystem Leader for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) said they have not heard any kills but would appreciate the public’s help.

“If you see any fish kills we would appreciate that information,” Delp said.

You can report kills at 409-983-1104.

Continued freezing weather continues to put fisheries at risk. I will be monitoring the Sabine Lake area as well as the entire coast and reporting at fishgame.com and my new podcast Higher Calling Gulf Coast.

Chester Moore

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