Sabine Lake

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Located on the border between two states, a Sabine Lake fishing adventure offers up a different experience depending on which side you choose to explore. If you’re after a peaceful day on the water and multiple hookups, head to the Louisiana side. For bigger fish and an urban, industrial environment, you’ll want to be in Texas.

Despite its misleading name, Sabine Lake is actually a saltwater estuary. As a result, it’s a great place to hook the area’s famous “Big Three.” We’re talking about some of the most striking Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder around, of course!

Alongside these worthy contenders, you’ll also get your hands on Sheepshead and Black Drum. Heading to the Sabine Pass, where the waters flow into the Gulf of Mexico, can get you on some bigger fish too, like Tripletail, Cobia, and Spanish Mackerel.

It’s true that nothing beats a full day on the waters of Sabine Lake. You’ll have ample time to change spots or chase a specific trophy. That said, if you’ve only got half a day to spare, don’t despair! The Big Three could still be on the cards and you’re guaranteed to go home with a few fish in the cooler.

Sabine Lake spans over 90,000 acres, meaning there are many departure points. In Texas, some of the most notable are found in and around Port Arthur. The Louisiana side of the lake is far less developed but there are a few places to launch from along the Sabine Pass. 

Rules & Regulations

You’ll need to purchase valid fishing licenses, regardless of whether you're fishing in Texas or Louisiana. Once you’re out on the water, there’s no need to worry about borders – the two states have an agreement where you can fish the Texas side with a Louisiana license and vice versa. However, the states have differing catch limits that apply regardless of the fishing license you have.

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January
Louisiana’s side of the lake works better in winter, especially if you’re targeting Speckled Trout. Catching them with shells works great.
 
February
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.
 
March
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.
 
April
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.
 
May
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.
 
June
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.
 
July
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. 
 
August
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.
 
September
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.
 
October
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.
 
November
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.
 
December
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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Half day trip with Captain Pat
Janis G. fished with Bigguns Guide Service on August 6, 2021
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Sunscreen and patience. Weather can be hot and humid much of the year. Fish are there, just need to keep casting and trying.
whole day trip with Captain Phillips
Jason S. fished with Sabine Outdoors on August 6, 2020
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Mike Phillips of Sabine Outdoors is great. I'd fish with him again anytime I could.
Half day trip
FishingBooker Member fished with Bigguns Guide Service on July 9, 2017
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FAQs about Fishing Charters in Sabine Lake

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Sabine Lake costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $461, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $548. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Sabine Lake is 24 ft and the most common vessel type is a Bay boat.

According to customer reviews, Bigguns Guide Service, Sabine Lake Lodge, and Have Boat Will Travel Guide Service are some of the most popular fishing charters in Sabine Lake. Full list of top fishing charters in Sabine Lake.

Bigguns Guide Service, Sabine Lake Lodge, and Have Boat Will Travel Guide Service all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Sabine Lake.

The best way to experience fishing in Sabine Lake 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 Sabine Lake.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, Flounder, and Tripletail. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, popping, and spinning. Lake fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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.   Check availability for local fishing charters in Sabine Lake.