Matagorda Bay Fishing Charters

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Matagorda Bay: 74 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(67 reviews)
Port O'Connor
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trips from US $550
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(14 reviews)
Matagorda
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trips from US $500
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Port O'Connor
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trips from US $550
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(61 reviews)
Palacios
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trips from US $150
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(133 reviews)
Matagorda
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trips from US $475
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(277 reviews)
Matagorda
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trips from US $165
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Matagorda
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trips from US $475
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Matagorda
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trips from US $550
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Matagorda
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trips from US $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Port O'Connor
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trips from US $500

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Matagorda Bay

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Matagorda Bay are: Full list of top fishing charters in Matagorda Bay

The average price for a private 4 hour Matagorda Bay fishing trip is US $509, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $716 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Matagorda Bay that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Matagorda Bay are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Matagorda Bay are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Matagorda Bay are:

Many fishing charters in Matagorda Bay provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Matagorda Bay are:

Who are the top awarded captains in Matagorda Bay?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Matagorda Bay are:
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $560
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $396
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $493
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $590
  • 7-hour fishing trips – US $685
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $755
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $850

Fishing in Matagorda Bay

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 Fishing Seasons

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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What anglers said about fishing in Matagorda Bay

Wether it's your first boat ride, or even if you are an experienced angler - Capt Chad Kraft is the way to go!! He knows the Bay area like the back of his hand, and where to find the fish! Highly recommend his fishing guide services for anyone!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wether it's your first boat ride, or even if you are an experienced angler - Capt Chad Kraft is the way to go!! He knows the Bay area like the back of his hand, and where to find the fish! Highly recommend his fishing guide services for anyone!
Shallowrun Guide Service
Shallowrun Guide Service
Great place to launch your boat or take part on a fishing charter! Recommend Second To None fishing charters with Captain Joshua!!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great place to launch your boat or take part on a fishing charter! Recommend Second To None fishing charters with Captain Joshua!!!!
Second To None Charters
Second To None Charters
Weather went from high 90s to low 50s in a single day. Mosquitos a plenty but still a great trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather went from high 90s to low 50s in a single day. Mosquitos a plenty but still a great trip.
Lucky 7 Guide Service
Lucky 7 Guide Service
Palacios Bay is a great place to fish! Not much in the town itself but the bay and surrounding waterways are great fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Palacios Bay is a great place to fish! Not much in the town itself but the bay and surrounding waterways are great fishing.
Lucky 7 Guide Service
Lucky 7 Guide Service
Be aware that this is a fishing town. Not much else to do and restaurants are limited.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Be aware that this is a fishing town. Not much else to do and restaurants are limited.
Second To None Charters
Second To None Charters Aledo, TX
I highly recommend coming here around this time of year. You always here “ we went out but didn’t catch anything”. Well that wasn’t the case here. We caught fish the entire time we were here and got to take back enough food for a large fish fry. We will definitely be back.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I highly recommend coming here around this time of year. You always here “ we went out but didn’t catch anything”. Well that wasn’t the case here. We caught fish the entire time we were here and got to take back enough food for a large fish fry. We will definitely be back.
The Bay Bandits – Gulf Coast Fishing
The Bay Bandits – Gulf Coast Fishing Rhome, TX
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
KT Guide Service
KT Guide Service 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.
Fin Tastic Coastal Charters Inc.
Fin Tastic Coastal Charters Inc. Houston, TX
Come the day before and explore this little Gem!!Help support local buisness!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come the day before and explore this little Gem!!Help support local buisness!!
The Bay Bandits – Gulf Coast Fishing
The Bay Bandits – Gulf Coast Fishing Woodway, TX
Good experience at Port, friendly cop drive speed limit?, we will be back soon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Good experience at Port, friendly cop drive speed limit?, we will be back soon
Ruffling Feathers Guide Service
Ruffling Feathers Guide Service Denton, TX
Get plenty of rest prior to your trip. You’re definitely going to need it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get plenty of rest prior to your trip. You’re definitely going to need it.
The Bay Bandits – Gulf Coast Fishing
The Bay Bandits – Gulf Coast Fishing Grand Prairie, 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,
Captain Shannon’s Charters
Captain Shannon’s Charters 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.
Gulf Coast Yaker’s Land Based (M)
Gulf Coast Yaker’s Land Based (M) 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.
Redfish Lake Guide Service
Redfish Lake Guide Service 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
Texas Offshore Outfitters
Texas Offshore Outfitters Houston, Texas
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.
Lucky 7 Guide Service
Lucky 7 Guide Service 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.
Keith Gregory's Guide Service
Keith Gregory's Guide Service 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.
Shallowrun Guide Service
Shallowrun Guide Service 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.
Shallowrun Guide Service
Shallowrun Guide Service 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.
Lucky 7 Guide Service
Lucky 7 Guide Service Fate, TX

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Matagorda Bay?

Salty Peters Guide Service
Salty Peters Guide Service
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
My friends and I had a great time laughing and joking and most of all catching fish. Capt John did a great job. I highly recommend him. We will be giving him a call the next time we in Port O’Connor.
Steven  E.
Steven E.
Shallowrun Guide Service
Shallowrun Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(277 reviews)
Capt Kraft knows his stuff, he's a character and fun to talk too. He made the fishing trip enjoyable despite the poor weather! He worked hard to find the fish and he was attentive to making sure we always had a line in the water! Caught Reds, Specs, and even a sheephead! If you are looking for a great fishing experience - Capt Chad Kraft is the way to go!!
Michael  L.
Michael L.
Over Under Outfitters
Over Under Outfitters
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Had a great day fishing with Capt. Jordon. He worked hard to keep us catching fish. Highly recommend
Mark  J.
Mark J.
KT Guide Service
KT Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Booked Klayton for a customer’s tournament. They had a great trip and caught some really nice fish. Even finished in the money. All around excellent trip.
Jason  W.
Jason W.
Shallowrun Guide Service
Shallowrun Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(277 reviews)
It was a less than ideal day for fishing but Captain Chad worked hard to put us on fish.
Oscar  R.
Oscar R.
The Bay Bandits – Gulf Coast Fishing
The Bay Bandits – Gulf Coast Fishing
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
David really knows his business, worked hard to put us onto fish and has great sense of humor. I recommend him without any reservations.
Bill  C.
Bill C.
Fivecoat Guide Service
Fivecoat Guide Service
Fishing charter in Port Lavaca
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Captain John was Fantastic! Knew all the “honey holes”! Great captain and the equipment boat and company were the best! We will be using captain John for our annual trip. Thanks captain John.
Rocky  R.
Rocky R.
Salty Peters Guide Service
Salty Peters Guide Service
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Quote from my grandson “best trip ever”. Capt Jon helped the boys catch fish and have a great experience. Trip they will always remember.
Linda  B.
Linda B.
Shallowrun Guide Service
Shallowrun Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(277 reviews)
Captain Chad gave us an incredible day on the water. We went to several spots and the bites were heavy. We had an absolute blast on the water. With in a few hours we’d caught a variety of fish and had our 2 man limit of redfish. He’s very knowledgeable and knows some cool history about Matagorda. We will definitely be back to fish with him again.
Grant  J.
Grant J.
Shallowrun Guide Service
Shallowrun Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(277 reviews)
I have been with captain Chappy plenty of times, this time I took my 7 year old for the first time and he had a blast! Captain chappy was super helpful, and was helping my son and teaching him about all the different fish we caught! He is ready for his next trip!
Antonio  R.
Antonio R.
Over Under Outfitters
Over Under Outfitters
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Captain Jordan was Great! He was very helpful with all three of my sons and very patient with my 7 year old. He was very knowledgeable of the area and provided a good experience for my sons. Would definitely book again.
Tiffany  N.
Tiffany N.
Shallowrun Guide Service
Shallowrun Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(277 reviews)
We fished with Captain Chad on 10/7/23, it was an absolute blast. Captain Chad had our lines tight all day and knew exactly where the fish would be. Between 4 guys, we landed countless fish and had enough meat to bring home to feed us for week. Highly recommend!!
Chad  L.
Chad L.
Salty Peters Guide Service
Salty Peters Guide Service
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Jon went above and beyond to ensure a great fishing trip for ours sons and I! We caught our limit and the atmosphere and facilities were top notch. Thanks for a great trip. JM
Joel  M.
Joel M.
Salty Peters Guide Service
Salty Peters Guide Service
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Hands-down, the best guiding service I’ve ever experienced. he genuinely wants people to have a good time and wants to teach will be booking with him again for a Wade Fishing adventure
José  R.  D.
José R. D.
Shallowrun Guide Service
Shallowrun Guide Service
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(277 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
(277 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.
Second To None Charters
Second To None Charters
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(67 reviews)
Captain Josh is knowledgeable about fishing in the area and put us on reds at the first stop. He is easy-going, professional, patient, and fun to be around. We will fish with him again and recommend him to others.
Joseph  L.
Joseph L.
Lucky 7 Guide Service
Lucky 7 Guide Service
Fishing charter in Palacios
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(61 reviews)
Reyes Perez is a fish whisperer! His knowledge of fish and waters is instinctive. The Trans Sport boat is the perfect fishing rig. Reyes is a great guy, loads of fun, and an experienced fishing coach. He is known and well respected by the other local guides. Don’t pass on the chance to fish with him. I know I’m going to come back and do it every chance I get. He is a REAL professional guide.
Mike  C.
Mike C.
TTT Guide Services
TTT Guide Services
Fishing charter in Port O'Connor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Captain Adam was great. Caught a lot of fish, went out of his way to make sure everybody was comfortable. I would definitely recommend him to anybody wanting to go fishing in Port Oconner
Jeffery  B.
Jeffery B.
Over Under Outfitters
Over Under Outfitters
Fishing charter in Matagorda
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Captain Jordan really knows his stuff! Great experience would definitely do it again!
Leroy  D.
Leroy D. Pine Island, TX

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