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Fishing in Laguna Madre

Where to start when thinking of fishing the Laguna Madre? This 130-mile-long shallow lagoon is one of Southern Texas’ true gems. Protected from the choppy waters of the Gulf by San Padre Island, it’s a haven for a range of spooky fish, meaning there’s plenty of action for anglers of all levels.
 
Some of the nation’s most-loved inshore fish can be found perusing these stunning fishing grounds year-round. Bull Redfish rub shoulders with tough-fighting Snook, Jack Crevalle, and Tarpon to give you the chance of landing that trophy catch. Meanwhile, delicious Flounder, Tripletail, and Speckled Trout will make sure you head home with a real treat. 
 
If you’re a beginner, then these calm waters are a great place to learn the ropes, and a half-day adventure gives you the chance to see if you like it. Avid anglers will get a kick out of the sheer number of fish that call Laguna Madre home, and a full-day trip can get you maxing out on all the limits. 
 
Laguna Madre fishing trips are run by professional fishing guides, and they’ll sometimes offer specialty trips. Enquire for special Shark-fishing excursions or head nearshore to target Red Snapper, and you could head home with more than just some good memories.
 
From the Baffin Bay to the South Bay, you’re in for an incredible angling adventure when you come fishing the Laguna Madre. Hop aboard a charter anywhere from Riviera Beach in the north, all the way to South Padre Island, and see why this is one of Texas’ prime fishing destinations!

Rules & Regulations

With Texas’ relatively liberal catch limits, all you’ll need to worry about when fishing the Laguna Madre is your fishing license. Grab one before coming aboard a charter and focus your attention on the incredible fish on offer.
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Laguna Madre Fishing Seasons

There’s one fish eager to welcome you into the new year and that’s Snook. This tough-fighting creature flourishes in January, so come and start your year in style as you waste no time going fishing.
One of Texas’ most famous fish is the flavor of the month, so hit the Laguna Madre in February for the bite of delicious Speckled Trout and you’re sure to head home with a real treat for dinner and beyond.
Before the inshore season hits its full stride, some exciting fish make their way to the nearshore reefs. Go after exciting and delicious Kingfish beyond San Padre Island or target Jack Crevalle in the shallows.
Red Snapper start making their way into state waters, giving you the chance to go after these prized creatures before the federal season opens. Hop aboard a special charter and land every angler’s dream catch!
As the weather warms up, so does the fishing. You’ll face a dilemma of where to go and what to target as all of Texas’ favorites fill up the lagoon, giving you an even better chance of landing that prized catch.
No matter what you want to target, Laguna Madre has it, as summer kicks off with a splash. Hit the bays for your fill of Drum, Trout, and more, or head offshore where Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Sailfish show up.
If you really want to test your strength, then there’s never been a better time to target tough-fighting Tarpon. Get out on the bay and go after the “Silver King” to find out what you’re really made of!
Tournament season hits Laguna Madre in August, with the Texas International Fishing Tournament getting underway. Come and join thousands of other anglers as you go after a trophy catch.
While they’ve always been a feature of the fishing, September is Redifsh’s time to shine. The monsters come out to play, giving you the chance to spot them tailing, before entering into a real battle. 
There are two fish that top every angler’s wishlist in Laguna Madre in fall. Come aboard and target tough-fighting Redfish and delicious Flounder, as you get it all on your Texan angling adventure.
Laguna Madre’s year-round warm climate means there’s never a bad time to get out on the water. Jack Crevalle fill up the shallow fishing grounds as the year comes to an end, meaning the fun never stops.
While plenty of other fishing destinations across the country shut up shop for Christmas, Laguna Madre is open for business. Get your fish on and land a delicious treat for the whole family to enjoy. 

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Top Targeted Species in Laguna Madre

Redfish

Redfish

Flounder

Flounder

Black Drum

Black Drum

Snook

Snook

Speckled Trout

Speckled Trout

Snapper (Mangrove)

Snapper (Mangrove)

Jack Crevalle

Jack Crevalle

Tarpon

Tarpon