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Fishing in Sabine Lake

Fishing in Sabine Lake is living on the edge...of two states! This lovely lake lies on the border between Texas and Louisiana. Like every other area on the Gulf Coast, there are fishing opportunities year round. But Sabine has a small advantage – less fishing pressure. Being less crowded than other Texan bays, the fish population is thriving here, and you can easily find the “Big Three” – Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder.
 

What to Expect

Regardless of the guide you choose, you can always count on one thing – you’ll have the whole boat just for yourself. All fishing guides in the area run private and affordable fishing trips, so you and your group will have the captain’s undivided attention.
 
Besides Texas’ three most famous fish species, you’ll also have the chance to catch Sheepshead and Black Drum in the lake. Visit one of the nearby rivers and you can also land Largemouth Bass. Heading out to the Gulf? Catch Tripletail, Cobia, or Spanish Mackerel.
 
Every fishing guide in the area will cover your fishing equipment and let you keep the catch. You only need to check if they provide snacks and drinks as well, or if you need to bring them instead.
 

Where to Go

Some fishing guides summarize Sabine Lake trips like this – go on the Texas side if you want to catch big fish, and go on the Louisiana side if you want to catch lots of fish. It’s unusual how different the sides of the lake are. The Texas coast is urban and industrial, with a bunch of oil and gas rigs. The Louisiana side, on the other hand, is pristine, quiet, uninhabited, and full of grass marshes.
 
You don’t have to spend your time researching where the fish are biting  – your fishing guide will know which spots to visit, depending on the species you want to catch and the time of the year you visit. But knowing the difference between the lake’s scenery can help you decide where you want to go.
 

Regulations

Whether you’ll be fishing in Texas or Louisiana, you’ll need to buy a valid fishing license. Don’t worry, you don’t need to buy two licenses! Since the states have a reciprocal agreement, one license works for both sides of the lake (this does not include rivers and bayous). However, the states have different catch limits that apply regardless of the fishing license you have. So even with an LA fishing license, if you’re on the Texan side of the lake, you need to respect Texas’ more restrictive limits.
 
Fishing in Sabine Lake is a truly unusual experience. Whether you’re experienced or just learning how to fish, you’ll surely have a great time on this diverse lake.
 

Sabine Lake Fishing Seasons

Louisiana’s side of the lake works better in winter, especially if you’re targeting Speckled Trout. Catching them with shells works great.
 
Winter is a good time to target Black Drum and Redfish. The Reds get spooked easily, so make sure you approach them slowly, without making noise.
 
Black Drum is a great target for lake trips. If you want to go out to the Gulf, use this chance to target Spanish Mackerel.
 
The fish still aren’t that aggressive, so using light tackle is recommended. This will allow you to feel the strikes and react on time.
 
With higher temperatures, fish get far more active. You’ll have great catch opportunities whether you stay in the lake or go to the Gulf.
 
This month offers great fishing opportunities for Cobia and Spanish Mackerel. If you’re targeting Reds and Trout, go after them with a smaller bait.
 
If you’re starting your trip from the Texan side of the lake, stay right there! Trout fishing is great on this side during summer because of the high-salinity waters. 
 
Catch some Tripletail, Cobia, or Mackerel. Even novices can head out to the Gulf, but start with a short lake trip if you want to be prepared.
 
Targeting Redfish on Lake Sabine is always a good choice but fall brings even better opportunities. Just look for topwater action and you’ll find them.
 
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better time of the year to target Flounder on Sabine Lake. If you want to catch other fish as well, try Tripletail or Sheepshead.
 
Redfish and Flounder are in the lead when it comes to late fall fishing. Bring your family along and have a memorable day on the lake.
 
In winter, these fish are less active, so their bites won’t be aggressive. It’s still a good time to target the Big Three and end the year with a great fishing trip.
 

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Top Targeted Species in Sabine Lake

Redfish

Redfish

Flounder

Flounder

Speckled Trout

Speckled Trout

Tripletail

Tripletail

Sheepshead

Sheepshead

Black Drum

Black Drum

Cobia

Cobia

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel