It’s a picture-perfect sunny day, with a soft breeze blowing through the palm trees and sea birds searching the beach and bays for an easy meal. What better time to pull out those fishing poles, right?
Absolutely, but make sure you get a Texas fishing license that covers everything from bow fishing to rod and reel. Kids under 17 and seniors 65 and older are exempt don’t need a license to fish.
Galveston and its environs present outstanding fishing prospects, from the nutrient-rich Galveston Bay to the South Jetty on the eastern tip of the island, and Seawolf Park on Pelican Island. Great fishing can also be found along Galveston’s beaches, jetties, piers and flats.
If offshore fishing is more your forte, Galveston is home to some of the finest charter boat fleets that include: Williams Party Boats, Ph: 409-762-8808, and Galveston Party Boats, Ph: 409-764-5423. Both are docked at Pier 19.
Here are some popular fishing spots in Galveston that are sure to help you to land that “big one” on your line:
Galveston Fishing Pier
Jutting out over the Gulf of Mexico at 90th Street, the Galveston Fishing Pier is a hot spot to catch flounder, gaftop, croaker drum, blacktip shark, red snapper, king fish, sea trout and others. The pier charges $10 to fish.
9001 Seawall Blvd.
61st St. Fishing Pier
Anglers routinely pull in good catches at this immensely popular fishing pier, which is open 24/7. The fishing pier over the Gulf at 61st Street has a bait and tackle shop where you can rent all the fishing equipment that you need.
61st Street and Seawall Boulevard
Seawolf Park/Pelican Island
Pelican Island’s sandy flats make for some outstanding fishing at Seawolf Park, where anglers routinely catch redfish, flounder and trout, from spring through autumn. To get there, turn on Harborside Drive and 51st Street and take the bridge across the Galveston Ship Channel. There’s a $6 charge to fish for anglers ages 12-64 at the park. For more information, call 409-797-5114.
Only a ferry ride away from Galveston is the Bolivar Peninsula’s Rollover Pass, which consistently ranks as one of the top spots for flounder fishing in Texas. The unique pass was built in 1956 to improve fishing opportunities, and is located on Bolivar where the Gulf of Mexico meets Galveston Bay.
San Luis Pass
Located on the far west end of the island at the Galveston County-Brazoria County line, Rollover pass is a popular locale for catching redfish, bass, bull shark, sea trout and pompano, among others. To get there, take Seawall Boulevard to FM 3005 and head west to near the San Luis Pass Bridge.