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Fishing in Matagorda

Fishing in Matagorda, or “Matty” to the locals, is a well-kept secret among anglers. With over 23 miles of coastline to choose from, there are few places that offer such diverse habitats with such great year-round fishing. There’s something for everyone here, from sunrise at East Matagorda Bay, to sunset on West Matagorda Bay.

Established in 1827, Matagorda is the third oldest town in Texas. And while this rich history makes it primarily a tourist town, the locals here love to fish.  Here, you’ll find some of the best Trout fisheries in Texas, as well as plenty of spots for Redfish, Tarpon, Flounder, Black Drum, and more. It’s time to make history and catch a ton of fish.

Hook-ups are constant – Matagorda fishing has to be experienced to be believed!

Fishing Spots

Jetty Park

Between Matagorda Beach, Colorado river, and the Gulf of Mexico is the perfectly situated Jetty Park. Both recreational and commercial fishermen launch from here. For pristine beaches that seem to be never-ending, head east along Matagorda Beach. North of Jetty Park, you can follow the Colorado River for inshore fishing, targeting Largemouth Bass, Speckled Trout, and Redfish. Offshore you can catch Red Snapper, Amberjack, Tilefish, Grouper, and even Swordfish. However, inshore fishing is so good, fishing charters in Matagorda rarely see the need to venture out.

West Matagorda Bay

Most anglers that come down this way will head to East Matagorda Bay or West Matagorda Bay. These waters are incredibly clean with plenty of structures to keep you busy. In West Matty, you’ll find man-made reefs and shrimp-boat wrecks. Head to ­Oyster Lake, Crab Lake, and Mud Lake to catch Bull Redfish in particular.

East Matagorda Bay

East Matty has reefs right in the middle – head to Long Reef, Three Beacon Reef, and Drull’s Lump for excellent Trout fishing, especially when wading. At only 5 feet deep, the water  is perfect for wade fishing, especially in winter when water levels drop even more. This is also where you’ll find delicious sweet and salty oysters.

Fishing Tips

  • Artificial lures work well in the bays. When wading in particular, use topwater or plastic lures.  

  • When going after Redfish, use smaller topwater lures. Top hint – follow the glass minnows and the pelicans – Redfish will be close behind!

  • The day after the oyster boats have been dredging shells are fantastic days to go fishing.

Need to Know

Rules and Regulations

If fishing in a state park, or in waters completely enclosed by a state park, you will not need a license. However, everywhere else will require a Texas state fishing license bought before the day of your trip.

If driving along Matagorda Beach, you’ll need to purchase a permit. Only 4x4 vehicles are recommended.


Matagorda fishing charters usually charge between $450–$550 for a five-hour trip. A full day fishing trip will be between $500–$600. These prices are for three to four people.

Getting There

Matagorda is a three-hour drive from Austin on the TX-71 E. It’s only 95 miles from Houston on State Highway 288 S, and two-and-a-half hours from Corpus Christi on the TX-35 N. You’ll find international airports in all of these cities.

No matter the time of year, head to Matagorda for an awesome range of fishing. You won’t be disappointed!


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Matagorda Fishing Seasons


Temperatures will reach highs of 64°F, so a lot of fishing slows down. Speckled Trout and Redfish are still biting though, and Sheepshead is doing great.


Sheepshead continues to be great, and Redfish and Black Drum are still active. Join in the Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Competition throughout February and March. Plenty of activities for all!


Black Drum is great this month, while Redfish and Speckled Trout are doing well. Spend time eating fish at the Matagorda Seafood Festival – join in with the oyster eating competition!


A lot of action in the water from Spanish Mackerel, Black Drum, Redfish, Flounder, Sheepshead, and Speckled Trout.


Tarpon, Redfish, Blacktip Shark, Spanish Mackerel, and more continue to show anglers an exciting fight! Spend the afternoon at the Matagorda County Museum and see history come alive.


On the first Saturday of the month, everyone can fish recreationally without a license. Compete in the Texas Trio Classic Fishing Tournament for Redfish, Flounder, and Trout.


Tournaments this month include the Texas Oilman’s Charity Invitational and the Matagorda Mermaid Competition. Tarpon and Spanish Mackerel are awesome this month!


Expect highs of 90°F in August. The bite is amazing wherever you go. All species are biting well, apart from Flounder and Sheepshead.


Speckled trout, Redfish, and Tarpon are awesome this month. It will be a bit harder to catch Black Drum, but not impossible!


This is a great month for Flounder, Speckled Trout, Redfish, and Tarpon. There are plenty of Halloween spooky treats on offer now!


Visit the Lighted Christmas Boat Parade and Gumbo Cook-off at Matagorda Harbor for lots of food and drink. Flounder and Redfish continue being epic, and Tarpon is still very good.


On land, head to the Christmas Market in the center of town. On the water, go after Sheepshead, Redfish, and Speckled Trout. There’s fun for everyone!

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Reviews of Fishing in Matagorda

Half Day Trip with Captain Sid
Alyssia N. fished with Obsession Fishing on June 21, 2020
We've had a great experience surf fishing and boat fishing in the Bay.
Evening trip with Captain Sid
Jonathan M. fished with Obsession Fishing on May 24, 2020
The facilities and bay are nice. The Reds were a little better target than trout at this point.
August fishing trip
Samuel P. fished with Redfish Lake Guide Service on August 14, 2019
Matagorda is known for great inshore fishing. Sunscreen fishing shirts, hat and get out there.
Half day trip
David B. fished with Redfish Lake Guide Service on June 20, 2019
From what I hear fishing is always good here. Try to check the weather, the wind can affect the fishing.
Half a day trip with Gary's guide service
William R. fished with Gary's Guide Service on May 25, 2019
Hire a guide need to know the waters layout.
Half day trip with Caption Chappy
Linda R. fished with Cpt Chappy’s Saltwater Fishing Adventures on May 18, 2019
Check it out the fish are their, get Caption Chappy as your guide you wont go wrong with him
Great Half Day Trip with my Son
Derek C. fished with Cpt Chappy’s Saltwater Fishing Adventures on April 20, 2019
Nice location without the crowds you'd find around Galveston and even Rockport.
Half day trip with Captain Chappy
Les S. fished with Cpt Chappy’s Saltwater Fishing Adventures on March 29, 2019
Prepare for wind, cool water. Great fishing

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