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Fishing in Trinity Bay

The Trinity Bay fishing scene features Texas inshore fishing at its finest! Located in the northern part of the Galveston Bay complex, this area is well known for its bayous, flats, marshes, and shell reefs. With great weather conditions and tidal movement, you can enjoy fishing in Trinity Bay year-round. Insider tip: the most popular time to cast a line here is in fall.
 

Which Trip to Choose

The main action in Trinity Bay happens inshore. This means that fishing spots are easy to reach, whether you choose a full or a half day trip. All you have to decide is how long you want to stay on the water.
 
Even though Texas inshore fishing attracts lots of professional anglers, these spots also have plenty to offer novices and families. Trips in Trinity Bay will keep you close to shore, so you don’t have to worry about high waves or seasickness.
 
If you’re looking to head offshore to target Tuna and Mahi Mahi, book a full day trip from Galveston Island. 
 

What You Can Catch

Anglers in Texas are usually after an Inshore Grand Slam: Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder. Redfish are probably the hardest to catch. As they grow older, they bulk up and become worthy of the nickname Bull Reds. They use their mass and current to pull the line and fight like...well, bulls. 
 
Specs are a popular choice for families with children, as they’re easier to catch and make a great learning opportunity for all novices. Flounder can be found around grass flats and are usually an easy catch. Despite their strange appearance, their meat is very tasty, so you’re in for a treat!
 
Trinity Bay’s opulent bayous and marshes are an ideal home for many fish species. Besides the Big Three, you’ll also be able to catch Sheepshead, Black Drum, or Mangrove Snapper. Closer to the Gulf, you might encounter Sharks, Mackerel, or Cobia.
 
Drift fishing is a common method in the bay, but if you’re interested in something a bit different, check out nighttime Flounder gigging trips or try wade fishing with artificial bait. 
 

Regulations

  • Anglers 17 and older need to have a valid Texas fishing license. You can buy yours online, in a Texas Park and Wildlife Department office, or in many sporting goods stores, tackle shops, and even grocery stores.
 
To make the most of your time in Trinity Bay, remember to aim high and don’t hesitate to target the most demanding species – even if you’re not that experienced. You only need to find yourself a great guide and you’ll be ready for everything that comes your way.
 
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Trinity Bay Fishing Seasons

If your New Year’s resolution is to have fun, come fishing for Redfish and Trout. Trout won’t say no to any type of bait, whether it’s live or artificial.

Fishing opportunities are consistent throughout winter, so your best chances are still Redfish and Speckled Trout. Drift fishing should do the trick.

Black Drum entier their peak season in spring. If you’re out to get them, be patient – they won’t strike immediately, so wait for a real bite.

In April, you’ll notice more Flounder in the area. It’s common to catch them while drift fishing, but you should try the Texan specialty – Flounder gigging at night!

If you’re going towards the Gulf, you’ll have a good chance of catching Mackerel and different types of Sharks. Fishing in the bay still hasn’t hit its peak season.

Even though this is peak season for fishing in the Gulf, staying in the bay also brings lots of great action, where you can target Redfish, Black Drum, Specs, or Flounder.

If you want to avoid being on the water during the hottest month, try fishing from shore. This is a great way to target the same inshore species from a different angle.

This is the beginning of peak season for Redfish and Speckled Trout! Once you catch them, go for Flounder – there aren’t as many but they are always easy to catch.

Have you tried catching Sheepshead yet? They’re fun to target because they aren’t so easily fooled! They’ll nibble the bait and loosen it up, but won’t bite immediately.

This is the best time of year to go after an Inshore Grand Slam. Redfish, Flounder, and Speckled Trout are only a few hard pulls away!

You can still catch them all – the Big Three of Trinity Bay are at their peak and you’ll find them easily. But you’ll need to put in a bit more effort to catch them.

While other fish species lie low in December, Trout and Redfish are still present in good numbers. Try drift fishing, or switch to spinning.

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Top Targeted Species in Trinity Bay

Redfish

Redfish

Flounder

Flounder

Sheepshead

Sheepshead

Speckled Trout

Speckled Trout

Black Drum

Black Drum

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Shark (Blacktip)

Shark (Blacktip)