Matagorda Bay

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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.

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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.

Matagorda Bay Fishing Calendar

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8 Hr Day Trip w/ Captain Robert
Autumn B. fished with Texas Fins and Feathers on September 25, 2020
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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
Half Day Trip with Captain Sid
Alyssia N. fished with Obsession Fishing on June 21, 2020
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We've had a great experience surf fishing and boat fishing in the Bay.
June fishing trip
Frank L. fished with Ruffling Feathers Guide Service on June 13, 2020
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Outstanding area with lots of little places to slay fish
Evening trip with Captain Sid
Jonathan M. fished with Obsession Fishing on May 24, 2020
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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
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Matagorda is known for great inshore fishing. Sunscreen fishing shirts, hat and get out there.
Awesome Trip !~Awesome Captain
Cylinda Y. fished with Fishing Tails Guide Service on June 22, 2019
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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.
Half day trip
David B. fished with Redfish Lake Guide Service on June 20, 2019
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From what I hear fishing is always good here. Try to check the weather, the wind can affect the fishing.
Full day trip bay fishing, wade fishing and shark fishing
Obie O. fished with Ruffling Feathers Guide Service on June 16, 2019
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Try to time your trip around good weather. When the conditions are right, it can be great.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Matagorda Bay

According to customer reviews, Bent Pole Guide Service, Fin Tastic Coastal Charters Inc., and Captain Jon Mahan Hunting & Fishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Matagorda Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in Matagorda Bay.

Bent Pole Guide Service, Fin Tastic Coastal Charters Inc., and Captain Jon Mahan Hunting & Fishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Matagorda Bay.

The best way to experience fishing in Matagorda Bay is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Matagorda Bay.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Matagorda Bay are:

Black Drum and Spanish Mackerel are biting best now. Redfish and Flounder are still going strong. Check availability for local fishing charters in Matagorda Bay.