Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine VOL 40 No 2 SPRING 2016 - Page 32

Marshin’ Reds (Continued from page 13.) the east side of the lakes on the ICW and is located off of FM 2918 just west of the San Bernard River. The best way to get to this ramp is to head south on FM 2918 from FM 2611 near Brazoria, Texas. FM 2918 will dead end into the boat ramp and parking area. After launching, the Cedar Lakes and Cowtrap Lake are just a short boat ride away and can be reached by navigating west down the IWC. The other boat ramp is located to the west of the Cedar Lakes and Cowtrap Lake on the ICW in Sargent - on FM 457 which heads southeast out of Bay City. FM 457 dead ends into the ICW where anglers will then find a public boat ramp to the right just before the swing bridge that goes over the ICW. This ramp is a little bit further away from the San Bernard Lakes than the one to the east is. Anglers will have to navigate past the swing bridge and head east in the ICW towards the marshes. Perhaps the most unique characteristic about the marshes and back lakes near the San Bernard River are the many small, uncharted oyster reefs that are scattered along their bottoms. Some of these reefs can be as small as a pick up truck, and almost all of them seem to hold redfish around their edges that are using these structures as ambush areas to strike baitfish. Since many of these reefs are extremely shallow, caution should be taken when learning to navigate the Cedar Lakes and Cowtrap Lake for the first time. A shallow draft boat is a must for fishing these areas. Aluminum boats make the best vessels for navigating these waters, as they are lightweight and can easily be drug to deeper water by a couple of anglers if the boat happens to run aground. In addition to studying charts, the satellite images on Google Earth can help boaters learn safe tracks to navigate through these back lakes. Small reefs will appear as dark clumps on the satellite images while deeper channels will show up as dark ܙY[