Corpus Christi Fishing

Unhappy with being labeled as just a single productive fishery, the Corpus Christi region supports four distinct bay systems complemented by an endless variety of flats, marshes, lagoons and grassbeds, each bestowed with copious fishing opportunities in its own right. Sheltered from the Gulf by an expansive network of reefs and barrier islands, the pristine inshore waterways of the Texas Coastal Bend are brimming with potential, with the most popular fishing grounds hiding in the Corpus Christi Bay, Nueces Bay, Baffin Bay and the Laguna Madre. The rich oyster reefs of Corpus Christi Bay make it a prime gathering spot for schools of voracious game fish including Redfish, Flounder and Speckled Sea Trout. A shallow bay notorious for its prolific drop-offs and oil pipe stands, Nueces Bay recently resurfaced as a prime contender for the best Red Drum and Trout repository in the area, after a series of regulations and bans on commercial fishing. As for the Laguna Madre, the massive lagoon is home to over 80% of the remaining seagrass beds and meadows in the entire state, providing a lush nursery for a wide range of trophy specimen. Although one of the only 5 hypersaline coastal lagoons in the world, which should theoretically hinder its fishing capabilities, the 'Madre' is ample with stocks of Reds, Snook, Trout, Black Drum, Gray Snapper, Florida Pompano and many other prized catches almost endemic to the lagoon!

Known For

Corpus Christi Beach, U.S.S. Lexington, Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens, Selena Memorial, Heritage Park, Art Museum of South Texas, Funtrackers Amusement Park, Corpus Christi Bay Trail, Padre Island National Seashore, Capt Clark’s Flagship, Museum of Science and History

Rules & Regulations

A valid fishing license is mandatory in order to fish in the public waters of the state of Texas, complete with an additional saltwater or freshwater stamp endorsement if you are planning to take fish. A One-Day All-Water Fishing License can be acquired, which alleviates the need for an additional stamp endorsement. Licenses for consecutive days can also be purchased.

Corpus Christi Fishing Calendar

See what’s biting by month or species.