East Matagorda Bay

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Fishing in East Matagorda Bay

Separated from its larger, western sibling by the Colorado River, East Matagorda Bay is just as productive. From the flats in the delta to the reefs in the center of the bay, there’s a range of hunting grounds to explore. Come on an East Matagorda Bay fishing trip and you’re sure to get your hands on plenty of Texas’ most-loved seafood. 
 
The Oyster beds in the bay make the area popular with shellfish lovers year-round, and hunting here can be great fun for families. Combine it with a fishing trip, and you’ve got the real deal. Year-round, you’ll find some excellent Speckled Trout, Redfish, Black Drum, and Sheepshead, while Sharks, Mackerel, Ladyfish, Flounder, and even Tarpon make an appearance to keep you entertained. 
 
Hop aboard a charter in Matagorda itself or nearby Sargent, and head out for as little or as long as you want. Beginners can take advantage of trips as short as three hours, while avid anglers can spend the whole day on the water testing their fishing skills. If you’re looking for that little bit extra, then head out at night in Flounder season and try the old Texan technique of gigging to get the most out of your East Matagorda Bay fishing excursion.
 
Whenever you come, get ready for some red-hot fishing action, as the warm climate keeps the water comfortable year-round for the fish. Let a charter captain take you away to some of the Coastal Bend’s best fishing grounds!

Rules & Regulations

Before embarking on an East Matagorda Bay fishing trip, you’ll need to grab yourself a Texas saltwater fishing license. Purchase it online, at any tackle store, or Walmart, and you’re good to go. Other than that, just beware that you’ll only be allowed to take home ten Trouts larger than 15 inches, including one over the size of 25 inches. Your captain will take care of the rest!
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East Matagorda Bay Fishing Seasons

It may be one of the cooler months of the year, but the fishing is red hot. Target delicious Sheepshead for the best results, while Redfish, Trout, and many more will also be biting.
While Matagorda comes alive for the County Fair, there’s still plenty of fishing to take you away from the bull-riding and pageants. Hit the shallow waters of the bay and land a tasty treat for dinner.
While Black and Red Drum are hitting their springtime stride, it’s Oysters that take center stage in March. Hit up the Matagorda Seafood Festival and get your fill of delicious fish, shellfish, and more. 
Mackerel make their way into the bay in April, giving you even more to target. Combine a trip to the deeper waters with a flats fishing adventure and you could land some Flounder to take home too. 
As the water starts heating up, so does the fishing. Tarpon migrate into the bay for summer, giving you the chance to tick off a prized fish from your bucket list, while also catching the usual suspects.
There’s no better time for fishing in East Matagorda Bay than summer. Join in the fun at the Texas Trio Classic and go after the holy trinity of Redfish, Flounder, and Trout to show off your angling skills.
Tournament season is in full swing come July, with the Matagorda Mermaid Competition and Oilman’s Charity Invitational taking place on the Matagorda Bays. Come and join the cream of the crop!
It’s no surprise that the warmest month of the year brings the best fishing out of Southern Texas. Join the thousands of tourists looking for a beach holiday and go fishing for all of the Lone Star State’s favorites.

As summer draws to a close, there are a few species that every angler has on their mind. Tarpon and Redfish come into their own at the beginning of fall, giving you the chance to land a trophy catch

While fishing for Redfish and Speckled Trout is just as good as in peak season, Flounder is the flavor of the month. Come angling or gigging for these delicious creatures and head home with a boatful.
There’s still time to get out on the water before the end of the year. Get your fish on in style as you go after the usual favorites of southern Texas along with Sheepshead, who make a return to the bay. 
As the water cools down, so does the fishing. But that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to target. Sheepshead will be biting all over the bay, while you may still land a monster Redfish or Trout.

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Top Targeted Species in East Matagorda Bay

Redfish

Redfish

Flounder

Flounder

Speckled Trout

Speckled Trout

Black Drum

Black Drum

Sheepshead

Sheepshead

Tarpon

Tarpon

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel