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Fishing in Bolivar Peninsula

The Bolivar Peninsula fishing scene was the best-kept secret in Texas before it got the deserved attention. This 20-mile stretch of paradise lies on the shores of East Bay and Galveston Bay, where inshore fishing opportunities are unparalleled. Come anytime of the year, as you’ll always be able to target the Big Three – Redfish, Flounder, and Speckled Trout.

Where to Fish

The smallest of the major bays in the Galveston Estuary, East Bay is rich with structure. The borders of the bay are great for wade fishing, especially if you’re headed out to the stretch from Goat Island back to Elm Grove. When a light wind blows parallel to the Bolivar Peninsula, some of the bigger coves are perfect for drift fishing. Whether you wade or drift, you’ll need a boat to cross the Intracoastal Waterway.
During the oyster season that starts in November, you can expect amazing Redfish action as the oyster boats stir up a lot of marine life that these predators feed on. While the oyster boats are great to follow if you want to catch Redfish, the sand and mud they stir up aren’t that great for Speckled Trout fishing.
The best wading action awaits you on the flats near the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and you can also visit reefs like Stephenson Pt., Robinson Bayou, and Deep. Hanna’s Reef, the border between the two bays, is angler’s favorite for fishing cuts and drop-offs.
And finally – the Gulf. If you’re interested in catching species such as Snapper, Cobia, Kingfish, Sharks, or Jack Crevalle, you’ll head out to the Gulf of Mexico. There are two main connections to the Gulf at Galveston and Rollover Pass. The latter is probably a bit further from your departure point but offers excellent Flounder and Golden Croaker fishing every fall, spring, and summer.

Which Trip to Choose

Half day trips are recommended for those who want to stay inside the bay and target inshore species, such as Flounder, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, or Sheepshead. These fish are fun to catch and a great practice for novices.
If you’re more interested in going to the Gulf or reaching the eastern part of the Bolivar Peninsula, a full day trip is for you. You’ll get to try out more fishing spots as you’ll be covering a wider area.

Need to Bring

  • A fishing license – You’ll need a valid Texas fishing license before your trip starts. Get it online or buy it at a local Texas Park and Wildlife Department office, tackle shop, or even a grocery store. 
Fishing in Bolivar Peninsula is a great way to experience the inshore angling Texas is known for. Whether you explore the deep oyster reefs, pipe stands, or marshes, you’ll target the most wanted fish species of the area. Set your hook and fish on – the bay awaits!
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Bolivar Peninsula Fishing Seasons

You can usually expect lots of wind and rain at the beginning of the year. But if the rain doesn’t mess with your plans, you’ll have a great time targeting Redfish and Trout.
Go near the jetties and target Sheepshead and Black Drum. Redfish and Speckled Trout are targets at this time of the year.
In March, Black Drum reach their peak season. If you’re more interested in the Gulf species, Mackerel start to show in higher numbers.
As the water becomes warmer, Speckled Trout start their spawning season. If you’re up for an offshore trip to the Gulf, Mahi Mahi is a great fish to target!
Head out to the jetties and target Sharks! They increase in number even more in June and you can catch Hammerhead, Blacktip, or Tiger Shark.
With summer comes Red Snapper season! Nearshore trips are great and you can catch Cobia, Kingfish, and Sharks.
As there’s less Flounder than usual, the best action is in deeper waters. Move closer to Galveston or head out straight to the Gulf.
In August, the peak season for Speckled Trout starts. On top of that, Redfish begin to spawn at the end of the month. Fishing in the bay is amazing!
Flounder gigging gets much better in fall, so try out a night adventure with a guide. The fish migrate toward the back of the bay.
The bay is full of Redfish and Speckled Trout. Flounder’s peak season is starting, so this is the best time to go after the Big Three.
Redfish and Flounder are the best choice for your trip. There’s not a lot of action in the Gulf, so staying in the bay is your best option.
While this is a slow month for most fish species, the Big Three still hold their numbers and make the trip worth the effort. Dress in layers, as it’s cold and windy.

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