East Matagorda Bay

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East Matagorda Bay Fishing Charters

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East Matagorda Bay: 29 fishing charters available
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4.9 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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4.9 / 5
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in East Matagorda Bay

According to customer reviews, Redfish Lake Guide Service, Over Under Outfitters, and Capt. Hollis Forrester Guide Service are some of the most popular fishing charters in East Matagorda Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in East Matagorda Bay.

The average price for a private 4 hour East Matagorda Bay fishing trip is $516, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $641 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Redfish Lake Guide Service, Over Under Outfitters, and Capt. Hollis Forrester Guide Service all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in East Matagorda Bay.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, Flounder, and Speckled Trout. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Drift Fishing, and Popping. Inshore fishing, flats fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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!
East Matagorda Bay
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 27746 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January
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.
February
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.
March
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. 
April
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. 
May
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.
June
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.
July
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!
August
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.
September

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

October
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.
November
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. 
December
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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Getting around on shore can be tricky, we spent a little time the first day watching people come and go to see where it was safe to drive. It is well worth it to pay a guide for a trip out into the bay. The harbor is very convenient and easy to find
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Getting around on shore can be tricky, we spent a little time the first day watching people come and go to see where it was safe to drive. It is well worth it to pay a guide for a trip out into the bay. The harbor is very convenient and easy to find
Cheryl  R.
Cheryl R. Gladewater, TX
Sunscreen and a knowledgeable captain like Stan Sloan. This was our third trip with Capt. Sloan.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sunscreen and a knowledgeable captain like Stan Sloan. This was our third trip with Capt. Sloan.
Frank  S.
Frank S. Houston, TX
Expect the unexpected, a bad day fishing is better than a good day working,
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect the unexpected, a bad day fishing is better than a good day working,
Angel  F.
Angel F. Humble, TX
Book a trip with Captain Steve and his team. I highly recommend booking a fishing trip with Gulf Coast Yaker.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with Captain Steve and his team. I highly recommend booking a fishing trip with Gulf Coast Yaker.
Jose  L.
Jose L. Wellington, TX
Find a good guide because they put in the hard work of finding where the fish are biting.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find a good guide because they put in the hard work of finding where the fish are biting.
Nathan  M.
Nathan M. Lake Jackson, TX
After you catch your fish take it to the crab trap and have them cook some up for you
Excellent
5.0 / 5
After you catch your fish take it to the crab trap and have them cook some up for you
William  C.
William C. Houston, Texas
Book with Captain Chappy. He is a great guy and guide. He will definitely put you on the fish. We will definitely book with him again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Chappy. He is a great guy and guide. He will definitely put you on the fish. We will definitely book with him again.
Nathan  G.
Nathan G. College Station, TX
It's the first time I have fished Matagorda in June, so I have no basis for comparison. This was a fun outing, even though the bite was tough. FWIW, I would do it again tomorrow with this guide. Very fun time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's the first time I have fished Matagorda in June, so I have no basis for comparison. This was a fun outing, even though the bite was tough. FWIW, I would do it again tomorrow with this guide. Very fun time.
MARK  A.
MARK A. Austin, TX
The facilities and bay are nice. The Reds were a little better target than trout at this point.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The facilities and bay are nice. The Reds were a little better target than trout at this point.
Jonathan  M.
Jonathan M. Houston, Texas
Matagorda is known for great inshore fishing. Sunscreen fishing shirts, hat and get out there.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Matagorda is known for great inshore fishing. Sunscreen fishing shirts, hat and get out there.
Samuel  P.
Samuel P. Austin, TX
From what I hear fishing is always good here. Try to check the weather, the wind can affect the fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
From what I hear fishing is always good here. Try to check the weather, the wind can affect the fishing.
David  B.
David B. Houston, TX
Check it out the fish are their, get Caption Chappy as your guide you wont go wrong with him
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check it out the fish are their, get Caption Chappy as your guide you wont go wrong with him
Linda  R.
Linda R. Columbus, TX
Nice location without the crowds you'd find around Galveston and even Rockport.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Nice location without the crowds you'd find around Galveston and even Rockport.
Derek  C.
Derek C. Houston, TX
I would recommend anglers fishing to book captain chad if you’re new in town or just want to get on the water with a couple of friends or family to fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend anglers fishing to book captain chad if you’re new in town or just want to get on the water with a couple of friends or family to fish
Osheonna  H.
Osheonna H. Austin, Texas
Good water. Plenty of variety of fish. Plenty of places to stay near by and plenty of charters to choose from. Just enjoy the experience and if you catch fish that’s a plus.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Good water. Plenty of variety of fish. Plenty of places to stay near by and plenty of charters to choose from. Just enjoy the experience and if you catch fish that’s a plus.
Carl  L.
Carl L. Conroe, TX
Live shrimp and just fish and don't expect to catch a bunch of fish otherwise you won't catch any.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Live shrimp and just fish and don't expect to catch a bunch of fish otherwise you won't catch any.
Jessica  R.
Jessica R. Bay City, TX
Do some research on the fishing tactics and come prepared for the potential changes in weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do some research on the fishing tactics and come prepared for the potential changes in weather.
Vincent  S.
Vincent S. Cypress, TX
I would recommend quality footwear for the boat, we chose to wear Keen Newport H2 Sandals as they were comfortable and gripped very well on the deck. Breathable thin long sleeve shirts worked out nicely and of course lots of waterproof sunscreen.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend quality footwear for the boat, we chose to wear Keen Newport H2 Sandals as they were comfortable and gripped very well on the deck. Breathable thin long sleeve shirts worked out nicely and of course lots of waterproof sunscreen.
Jeffrey  L.
Jeffrey L. Rockwall, Texas

Shallowrun Guide Service
Shallowrun Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(268 reviews)
After a couple of years we booked another day on the water with him. We caught a variety of fish and had a great time with him and looking forward to booking another trip hopefully before the end of the year.👍
Erik  R.
Erik R.
Shallowrun Guide Service
Shallowrun Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(268 reviews)
Chad was a great guide and very informative and even though conditions were a little tough he was still able to put us on some nice fish. We ha d a great time.
Henry  W.
Henry W.
Redfish Lake Guide Service
Redfish Lake Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(129 reviews)
Had an excellent experience with Mark. We caught some nice reds with him, hell he even got my nephew hooked up on a alligator. Would seriously recommend him.
Jose  O.
Jose O. Houston, TX
Capt. Hollis Forrester Guide Service
Capt. Hollis Forrester Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bay City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Caption was super nice and easy to get along with. Had a great time catching multiple reds and flounder. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
Nick  R.
Nick R.
Over Under Outfitters
Over Under Outfitters
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Captain Jordan really knows his stuff! Great experience would definitely do it again!
Leroy  D.
Leroy D. Pine Island, TX
Redfish Lake Guide Service
Redfish Lake Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(129 reviews)
Me and a co worker booked last minute and capt Mark put us on the fish! Awesome time and great guide!
Robert  P.
Robert P. Poulsbo, WA
Over Under Outfitters
Over Under Outfitters
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Day started off windy, rainy , water dirty, looked like a bad day, took a little while but he kept searching until he found them , ended up being a great day
Shane  W.
Shane W.
Redfish Lake Guide Service
Redfish Lake Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(129 reviews)
Our trip with Redfish Lake Guide Service was an absolute blast, Captain Mark was extremely knowledgeable and helpful! We caught a lot of fish and ended the day happy, we will be returning for another trip with him in the future!
Pat  C.
Pat C.
Shallowrun Guide Service
Shallowrun Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(268 reviews)
This was our first trip with Captain Chad and there will be more. Put us on the fish right out of the gate. We fished 4 or 5 spots and all produced. This guy knows the history of the area and is willing to share it. What an outstanding experience!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
Paul  K.
Paul K. Bertheauville, Normandy
Shallowrun Guide Service
Shallowrun Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(268 reviews)
Captin Chad is an easy going and a great fishing guide to go fishing with, he is super knowledgeable and patient. This was my second trip out with him and plan on taking many more. Thank you so much Captin Chad for an awesome day and a rememberable time.
Colton  P.
Colton P. Porter, TX
Redfish Lake Guide Service
Redfish Lake Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(129 reviews)
Great fishing trip. The conditions were less than ideal but we were still able to find fish. The captain worked hard and pulled out all the tricks to get us on some monster Reds and Trout. I’ve done a number of guided trips and this was by far the best one I’ve ever been on.
Sean  G.
Sean G. Houston, Texas
Redfish Lake Guide Service
Redfish Lake Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(129 reviews)
Caught 3 man limit of reds and released a bunch of smaller and over sized. Great trip
Roger  G.
Roger G.
Capt. Hollis Forrester Guide Service
Capt. Hollis Forrester Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bay City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Capt Hollis tried his best to put us on fish but there was no wind, very still. Enjoyed the trip anyway
Bill  D.
Bill D. Caldwell, TX
Shallowrun Guide Service
Shallowrun Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(268 reviews)
Chad was a great captain, very friendly and personable. He is a lifelong Matagorda Bay fisherman who knows where to go to find fish. He took good care of my husband and me, two “seniors” who still love to fish!
Kathy  L.
Kathy L. Houston, Texas
Shallowrun Guide Service
Shallowrun Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(268 reviews)
We had a GREAT experience with Captain Chad! Easy to get in touch with, easy to locate, super fun & friendly guide! He was so great with our kids and made sure they got to reel in fish, especially what they were most excited about- sharks! It was a fantastic finale to our summer and worth every penny, and then some! Memories for a lifetime!
Joanna  M.
Joanna M.
Shallowrun Guide Service
Shallowrun Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(268 reviews)
Sight fished huge schools of reds in 1ft deep water. Really fast actioned pack stuff! Had a great time sharing the day with Captain Chad
Zane  S.
Zane S. Holland, TX
Redfish Lake Guide Service
Redfish Lake Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(129 reviews)
Great day. Mark put us on the fish and we will be scheduling another trip with him.
Juddy  B.
Juddy B. Porter, TX
Redfish Lake Guide Service
Redfish Lake Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(129 reviews)
Our Capt Mark contacted us the day before our trip and offered us a swap morning for afternoon due to the fact fishing was better then , showed he was out for getting us the most for our money, explained it was was hot but bearable, limited out with six keeper reds and one tagged red for the two of us , great trip, Captain Mark was on spot, way to go
Danny  F.
Danny F. Granger, TX
Shallowrun Guide Service
Shallowrun Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(268 reviews)
This the third time we have fished with Captain Kraft. We, AGAIN, had a great time. We highly recommend you fish with this Captain.
Rick  R.
Rick R.
Capt. Hollis Forrester Guide Service
Capt. Hollis Forrester Guide Service
Fishing charter in Bay City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Captain Hollis was amazing! He is super friendly and made us feel like family. He really focused on teaching my 9 year old daughter how to cast and showed her all around his boat. He stopped several times to point out dolphins and birds. We highly recommend him and can't wait to book another trip with Captain Hollis.
Nathan  B.
Nathan B. Austin, Texas