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Fishing in Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi fishing has much more to offer than just a single productive fishery. The region contains four separate bay systems that cover pretty much all the habitats you could ask for from inshore fishing in Texas. With a network of grass flats, marshes, lagoons, channels, not forgetting the Gulf of Mexico itself, there isn’t a season you can’t find fish here. Grab your fishing rod, find a guide, and explore the waterways of the “Sparkling City by the Sea.” You won’t regret it.

Known For

Not only is Corpus Christi’s fishing an attraction in itself, the town also has plenty to offer sea-life enthusiasts and their families. Pet live stingrays at the Texas State Aquarium before heading out to see the waters for yourself. Come back to the shore after your fishing trip and explore the USS Lexington, a WWII aircraft carrier that is now open for modern-day explorers. And that’s not to mention the buzzing cultural and artistic life the city has to offer on land. Something tells us it’s not going to be difficult to convince the family to join you on a trip to this fishing hotspot.

Get out on the water, and the only problem you will have is choosing which Corpus Christi fishing spots to attack first. The Corpus Christi Bay is the largest and deepest bay on the Texas Coastal bend, and its rich oyster reefs make a hot meeting point for the Big Three of Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder. To the north, you will find the steep drop-offs and oil pipe stands of Nueces Bay, while the west holds the veritable Trout magnet of Baffin Bay and the extensive grass flats of Laguna Madre. Oh, and this bay system continues to the north east, with Aransas, Copano, and San Antonio Bays all within reach and holding their own healthy stocks of Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, Sheepshead, and much more. 

Head out of Aransas Pass, and you will find out that the deep sea fishing Corpus Christi offers rivals any in the Gulf of Mexico. Seek out big Red Snapper during the federal season in June and early July. Take an overnight trip to fish the deep waters of the Gulf for Yellowfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, and Sailfish. Or fish within ten miles of the coast to make the most of the state’s year-round Red Snapper season. Whichever option you go for, you are in with a good chance of coming back with some impressive fish tales - and hopefully some nice keepers, too.

For those who just can’t get enough of fishing these waters, there are several Corpus Christi fishing piers that will let you put the skills you learned with your guide to the test. Try the Corpus Christi Beach Fishing Jetty, which is right next to the iconic USS Lexington. Otherwise, enjoy the surroundings of the Indian Point Pier or the Philip Dimitt Municipal Fishing Pier.

And that's not all. The Corpus Christi area is home to some of the nicest freshwater lakes in southern Texas. Both Lake Corpus Christi and the Choke Canyon Reservoir are in easy reach of the city. Lake Corpus Christi fishing is known for its good Largemouth Bass opportunities in the spring, fall, and winter, with Crappie, White Bass, and Blue Catfish also putting in an appearance. Make a day of it and relax in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Corpus Christi State Park after reeling in your catch.

Rules & Regulations

It is compulsory to have a valid Texas fishing license in order to fish all the state's waterways. If you are planning to take fish, you will need a saltwater stamp (or a freshwater stamp for the state's rivers and lakes), and in order to keep an over-sized Redfish during their fall migration you should purchase an additional Red Drum tag. Fishing licenses are not usually supplied by Corpus Christi fishing guides.

Types of Fishing

The best fishing charters in Corpus Christi employ a wide range of techniques to get the fish biting in the local bays. You will find them doing everything from drifting across the flats to dropping bait over potholes and channels to target Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Black Drum. Live Croaker is probably the most popular bait for inshore fishing in these parts, but soft plastics such as DOA Terror-Eyz can also get good results. When it comes to Flounder fishing, both rod and reel fishing and gigging are options. If you haven’t tried gigging yet, you should give this unusual night-time fishing technique a go! 

Have a fly rod? More and more people are fly fishing Corpus Christi waterways. Bring a six, seven, or eight weight rod to target Redfish on the flats or a heavier setup for Tarpon and Jacks. Bring a selection of Shrimp and Crab pattern flies on two, four, and six size hooks. Fly fishing can be good from a shallow boat with a large casting platform or simply by wading in the flats.

Lake Corpus Christi fishing can get good results with noisy lures such as buzzbaits and spinnerbaits, while unweighted soft plastic worms and jerkbaits can also get good results from Largemouth Bass.

Corpus Christi Fishing Seasons

Make the trip to Baffin Bay for some huge Speckled Trout - it’ll be worth your while! Don't let anyone tell you you can't get some good fishing in the winter - this can be one of the best times to catch a giant, and the crowds are thin, too.

Windy and rainy, February feels like the coldest month in Corpus Christi. Warm up by seeking out Redfish in deeper areas and Trout on the flats. Check out the jetty rocks and pilings for a bait-stealing Sheepshead.

Temperatures slowly start to increase and we see the start of spring fishing in Corpus Christi. Redfish and Trout start to take the bait more greedily, while nearshore fishing can be good for Jack Crevalle when conditions allow.

April is known for its slightly unpredictable weather, with wind and rain being interspersed with sunshine. Temperatures reach averages of around 80 degrees and limits of Redfish and Speckled Trout are commonplace.

As temperatures rise, so do tourist numbers. The bays can be crowded, but that doesn't seem to put off the big Trout and Redfish that gather in the bay. Nearshore, Cobia, Jacks, and Kingfish can put up a good fight.

Federal Snapper season opens and licensed offshore boats book up quickly. Adventures anglers will enjoy targeting Shark at this time of year: Bonnetnosed, Bull, and Blacktip Sharks are all on top form.

July kicks off with the Texas Bluewater Kayak Classic - show off your skills or just marvel at the catches at the weigh in. Catch Kingfish offshore or look for Redfish, Trout, and Flounder in the bay.

Daytime temperatures are usually in the low 90s, making both the fish and the people search for shade. Seek out inshore fish in the deeper channels or head offshore for Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Kingfish, and Sharks.

Temperatures start to drop and the fishing in the bay becomes unmissable. Make the most of the kids being back at school and see how many hours you can spend on the water- the fishing is on fire both inshore and offshore.

As the weather settles into its fall patterns, adult Bull Redfish gather at the beaches and jetties to spawn. This is one of the best times to fish in Corpus Christi. The Flounder migration is also in full swing and will last through December. 

Excellent fall fishing continues in November in Corpus Christi. Make sure you have a Redfish tag so you can keep one over-sized Redfish - you most probably will need it! Flounder gigging is not allowed in November.

Enjoy Texas' warm winter season by hooking up with an experienced guide. Not only is this the perfect Christmas present, this is a great time to fish. In fresh water, White Bass is biting in the Nueces River channel. 

Corpus Christi Fishing Calendar

What People Are Saying About Corpus Christi

"Great time with Capt Eddie!"

fished with M37 Outdoors on April 18, 2018

Long sleeves to avoid sun, and hat for windy days.

"Ryan on a Rough Day"

Steven Coon fished with Ryan Bailey Guide Service on March 30, 2018

Use a guide to optimize your fishing experience.

"Fishing Trip with Capt. Grant Coppin"

Charles Johnson fished with Backlash Charters on March 14, 2018

This was my two youngest boys first salt water fishing trip and it was very family friendly. I recommend bring the kids and just have fun.
Corpus Christi
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Top Fishing Techniques in Corpus Christi

  1. 1 Deep Sea Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Corpus Christi

Redfish

Flounder

Black Drum

Speckled Trout