Matagorda Bay

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Matagorda Bay Fishing Charters

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Matagorda Bay: 62 fishing charters available

Second To None Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Port O'Connor
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $150

Fin Tastic Coastal Charters Inc.

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(56 reviews)
Matagorda
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $550

Capt Hollis Forrester Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Bay City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $225

Salty Peters Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Port O'Connor
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $500

Captain Coffey’s Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Port O'Connor
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $400

Captain Jon Mahan Hunting & Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(116 reviews)
Port O'Connor
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $475

Bent Pole Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Port O'Connor
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $550

Shallowrun Guide Service

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(209 reviews)
Matagorda
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $165

Lucky 7 Guide Service

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(40 reviews)
Palacios
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

Captain Billy Freudensprung

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Seadrift
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $500

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Matagorda Bay

The average price for a private 4 hour Matagorda Bay fishing trip is $522, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $695 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Second To None Charters, Fin Tastic Coastal Charters Inc., and Capt Hollis Forrester Guide Service are some of the most popular fishing charters in Matagorda Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in Matagorda Bay.

Second To None Charters, Fin Tastic Coastal Charters Inc., and Capt Hollis Forrester Guide Service all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Matagorda Bay.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, Black Drum, and Flounder. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, drift fishing, and popping. Inshore fishing, flats fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Come on down to one of the biggest estuaries on the Gulf Coast, and let one of many Matagorda Bay fishing guides take you on a trip of a lifetime. Made up of the West and East Bays, Matagorda Bay is a shallow water fishing haven. With a variety of natural habitats, the abundance of wildlife here makes for a perfect outing, as well as an action-packed fishing adventure.

With rivers, bayous, and creeks all around, you’ll have no issue finding a good spot to sink your line in. Speckled Trout, Redfish, and Flounder are the stars of the show in Matagorda Bay, with Gafftopsail Catfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Ladyfish, and Jack Crevalle also making regular appearances.

Depending on your ambitions, you can choose from a variety of trips to go on. If you’re looking for an introduction to the area, or a nice family outing, booking a half day trip will do the job. If you want to maximize your chances of filling your bags with delicious table fare, however, book a full day trip. Looking for a special experience? Consider going on a Flounder gigging trip for an adrenaline rush.

Given the size of Matagorda Bay, it’s no surprise that you’ll find fishing guides all along its shores. Some of the most popular places to visit are Matagorda and Port O’Connor, but you’ll find charters in places like Magnolia Beach and Palacios as well. Just head on down to the water and you’ll be fishing in no time!

Rules & Regulations

When it comes to fishing regulations in Matagorda Bay, you’ll be required to have a Texas fishing license. Everyone age 17 or older needs to have one, regardless of whether they’re fishing with a charter or on their own.

Matagorda Bay
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Sheepshead is great now, with Speckled Trout and Redfish still biting well. Other species have quieted down this month as temperatures reach highs of 64°F.

February

In February and March you can participate in the Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Competition. Everything from barrel racing to bull riding to a pageant competition awaits.

March

Join in the Matagorda Seafood Festival and test yourself in the oyster eating competition! Great month for Redfish and Trout.

April

Black Drum and Spanish Mackerel are biting best now. Redfish and Flounder are still going strong.

May

Tarpon starts to heat up while Spanish Mackerel continues to be excellent. Sheepshead start to bite less now.

June

It’s time for the Texas Trio Classic fishing tournament. Catch the biggest Redfish, Flounder, and Trout to win big!

July

Women can fish in the Matagorda Mermaid Competition, and everyone can fish in the Texas Oilman’s Charity Invitational tournament. Something for everyone this month!

August

Tarpon, Redfish, Shark, and Speckled Trout are excellent now. This is the warmest month, reaching 90°F on average.

September

Head out for Redfish and Tarpon and you won’t be disappointed! Speckled Trout and Shark are still biting great.

October

Flounder really heats up now. Wait up to 10 seconds after they strike before setting the hook – these are tentative fish!

November

Watch the Lighted Christmas Boat Parade and Gumbo Cook-off at Matagorda Harbor. Taste the best gumbo and end the night with a fireworks display.

December

Buy some handcrafted presents at the Christmas Market Day in the center of town. Temperatures drop to 64°F, perfect for Sheepshead.

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Book a charter and talk to your Captain about local establishments, restaurants and public fishing spots. Our Captain (Captain Reyes with Lucky 7 Guide Services) was very helpful and knowledgeable. We are glad we booked our trip shortly after our arrival in Palacios.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a charter and talk to your Captain about local establishments, restaurants and public fishing spots. Our Captain (Captain Reyes with Lucky 7 Guide Services) was very helpful and knowledgeable. We are glad we booked our trip shortly after our arrival in Palacios.
Jeremy  B.
Jeremy B. Raytown, MO
Go fishing with Keith Gregory’s Guide Service and you will have a great time because he knows some great spots to fish and you will have every opportunity to catch the Red fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go fishing with Keith Gregory’s Guide Service and you will have a great time because he knows some great spots to fish and you will have every opportunity to catch the Red fish.
ISAAC  S.  J.
ISAAC S. J. Colorado Springs, CO
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
Don't be afraid to bring your own rods and tackle. Try both artificials and live bait. Ask lots of questions, what are the best redfish spots, what are the best lures to use for each type of fish. What is your favorite time to fish, etc.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't be afraid to bring your own rods and tackle. Try both artificials and live bait. Ask lots of questions, what are the best redfish spots, what are the best lures to use for each type of fish. What is your favorite time to fish, etc.
Terry  C.
Terry C. Fate, TX
We caught a large amount of mangro snapper and used live shrimp amongst other forms of bait. The shrimp was one of the easiest for the kids to bait themselves
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We caught a large amount of mangro snapper and used live shrimp amongst other forms of bait. The shrimp was one of the easiest for the kids to bait themselves
Autumn  B.
Autumn B. Woodway, 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
Be prepared for an awesome and exciting experienced with this company. The captain is very friendly, fun to fish with. We really enjoyed his excellent of service.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for an awesome and exciting experienced with this company. The captain is very friendly, fun to fish with. We really enjoyed his excellent of service.
Cylinda  Y.
Cylinda Y. Crowley, Texas
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
Try to time your trip around good weather. When the conditions are right, it can be great.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Try to time your trip around good weather. When the conditions are right, it can be great.
Obie  O.
Obie O. Longview, Texas
Overall fishing in Port O'Connor is very successful. But please be careful if you bring your own boat, the topo maps on most GPSS are off. The last hurricane really change the area.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Overall fishing in Port O'Connor is very successful. But please be careful if you bring your own boat, the topo maps on most GPSS are off. The last hurricane really change the area.
Victor  K.
Victor K. Leander, 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
Be ready for some cooler weather than you think, but fishing in Port O'Connor on a crappy day is better than fishing anywhere else!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for some cooler weather than you think, but fishing in Port O'Connor on a crappy day is better than fishing anywhere else!
Justin  M.
Justin M. San Antonio, 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
Be prepared for inclement weather (we had perfect weather but it's inconsistent) and dress appropriately.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for inclement weather (we had perfect weather but it's inconsistent) and dress appropriately.
Corbin  M.
Corbin M. Austin, TX
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

Second To None Charters
Second To None Charters
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Very helpful and easy going. Knows what he is doing and always attentive. Boat was loaded with any bait you can think of. Plenty of drinks and snacks too!
Clay  E.
Clay E. Manchaca, TX
Saltgrass Guide Service
Saltgrass Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
If I could give more than 5 stars I would. Capt Heath goes above and beyond. Will definitely be going back out with him again
Cheri  C.
Cheri C. Willis, TX
Pinfeather Guide Service, LLC
Pinfeather Guide Service, LLC
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Thank you Keith. It was a beautiful trip and we were on fish both days. It’s my second trip with Keith and I will be using him and his outfitters again.
Dewey  O.
Dewey O. Houston, Texas
Texas Fins and Feathers
Texas Fins and Feathers
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Capt Rob and Wes did a great job putting us on fish. Would definitely recommend using them
Bill  D.
Bill D. Killeen, TX
Salty Peters Guide Service
Salty Peters Guide Service
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Captain Jon was very helpful and great with people all ages young and old he is very intelligent of the waters around port o Connor
Stanley  C.
Stanley C. Shiner, TX
Lucky 7 Guide Service
Lucky 7 Guide Service
Fishing charter in Palacios
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
Had a great time. Did not limit out but caught a good number of fish. I would highly recommend this capt to anyone and will definitely go back. Was a great time, capt knew where to look for the fish and when to move around looking for them.
Arnulfo  R.
Arnulfo R. Lewisville, TX
Second To None Charters
Second To None Charters
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Great boat, great trip. Capt. Josh and Gilligan made for a great day. The extra effort by the crew made for a great day and well worth the price. We traveled from NH and were not disappointed picking Second to None Charters for our guide.
Susan  B.
Susan B. Amherst, NH
Lucky 7 Guide Service
Lucky 7 Guide Service
Fishing charter in Palacios
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
Captain Reyes got us right on the fish. He was great! He kept us baited and knew where to put our lines. He had good equipment. We will be booking another trip on our next visit. I recommend Captain Reyes to anyone wanting to enjoy a family trip. Captain Reyes is very knowledgeable about the local area. He offered advise on the local establishments, restaurants and local fishing spots to enjoy. We could not have ask for a better experience. Thank you.
Jeremy  B.
Jeremy B. Raytown, MO
Second To None Charters
Second To None Charters
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(14 reviews)
This was our first time doing off shore fishing. Captain was very courteous and slowed the boat when I was feeling uncomfortable with the waves. Made the trip very enjoyable. Would recommend anyone who has never done this.
Cesar  T.
Cesar T. San Antonio, Texas
Captain Jon Mahan Hunting & Fishing
Captain Jon Mahan Hunting & Fishing
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(116 reviews)
Fishing started off slow, but picked up after trying a few spots. we ended up catching 20 reds, with 15 keepers.
Mike  D.
Mike D. Spring, TX
Benny's Guide Service
Benny's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Captain Benny always found the best possible spots for some good fishing. He also made sure that our trip was worth what we payed for by everyone catching a fish. Really patient and helps the first timers with any problems or questions they have. I recommend him if you want to have a great first time experience.
Theresa  H.
Theresa H. United States
Fin Tastic Coastal Charters Inc.
Fin Tastic Coastal Charters Inc.
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Had a great time for five hours on the boat with Stan. Cruised the Colorado River and caught a few fish on a day when others weren’t having much luck at all. Nicely equipped boat and Stan was a great fishing guide. We will be back.
Lyle  S.
Lyle S. Grand Junction, CO
Second To None Charters
Second To None Charters
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
This was my first ever charter, and I’ve no doubt that I will need to do this again! We had a beautiful day on the water and Captain Josh and Andrew were wonderful. They took wonderful care of us amateurs and helped us make some fabulous memories before my son goes to boot camp! I will highly recommend this charter to anyone that asks!
Angela  S.
Angela S. Inez, Texas
Second To None Charters
Second To None Charters
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
The crew worked rrly hard to make sure we all had an amazing time. Highly recommend
Julie  B.
Julie B. Austin, TX
Second To None Charters
Second To None Charters
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Had a great trip with my wife and kids for our first fishing charter! Captain Joshua is very knowledgeable on where to fish in the bay and water conditions. He and Nik handled all the bait and tackle for us so we could just fish continuously. We're going to try to make it down there for another trip with you guys before summer is over. Thanks again!
Adrian  C.
Adrian C. San Antonio, TX
Lucky 7 Guide Service
Lucky 7 Guide Service
Fishing charter in Palacios
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
Captain Ray was a very nice guy who worked very hard. We caught some fish and had a great time
Dennis  W.
Dennis W. Sugar Land, TX
Benny's Guide Service
Benny's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
This experience with Captain Benny was GREAT! He put us on the fish and there was not a time when someone wasn’t reeling one in. I highly recommend fishing with Captain Benny and will do it again myself soon.
James  B.
James B. Katy, TX
Redfish Lake Guide Service
Redfish Lake Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(93 reviews)
I booked this specifically for my 84 yr old father with Parkinson's who loves to fish, but due to his health, rarely has the opportunity. Capt. Mark was awesome, he understood that making it a good time for my father was the point of the trip. He got several good trout, which we had for dinner that night. By end of the trip, Capt. Mark was calling him Grandpa Bob! Highly recommend!
Bob  K.
Bob K. Houston, Texas
Bay Finatic fishing guide/Matagorda
Bay Finatic fishing guide/Matagorda
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
We had a great time Joe worked really hard on putting us on fish with the strong winds would definitely recommend him anyone looking for a great guide
Jeremy  R.
Jeremy R. Houston, TX
Salty Peters Guide Service
Salty Peters Guide Service
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Capt. Jon was able to put us on fish for the entire trip. We limited out on Black Drum, caught several Redfish and a couple of Flounder. He made the trip fun and when we got back to the dock, he was VERY good with the kids that came down to see our catch. He took the time to create a teaching moment for the kids which was really appreciated. I would highly recommend this Captain if you are ever in the Port OConnor area.
Craig  O.
Craig O. Van, TX