From bay fishing to blue-water, piggy perch to tuna, Galveston offers something for everyone with a rod, a reel and a love of angling. There are bait and tackle shops, marinas for storing your boat and charter services that send you home with a great haul and plenty of fish tales.
A Texas Fishing License is required to fish in Galveston. A license can be purchased at Academy or Walmart. A temporary license is provided with entry into the Galveston Island State Park. Fishing is regulated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. They define the number, size, when and where certain species can be fished. You really don’t want to get snagged for too many fish or one that’s too big or small.
Piers and Jetties
The island’s extensive jetty system, as well as places like the 61st Street Fishing Pier and Jimmy’s on the Pier at 91st, provides ample room for the avid angler. Routine catches include croaker, perch, speckled trout, sheepshead, sand trout, gafftop and bull reds. Seawolf Park, meanwhile, offers some of the best flounder fishing on the upper Texas coast.
The bay is often calmer than the Gulf, allowing you to fish from smaller boats. Trout and redfish are the preferred haul for most bay fishermen.
When it comes to adventurous angling, nothing beats the Gulf of Mexico. Kingfish, snapper, dorado and shark are abundant within 30 miles of shore. Go a little farther, particularly near the oil rigs, and you’ll find ling, amber jack, grouper, sailfish, even tuna.
Charter a boat for a trip 100 miles out for some of the most challenging sport fishing anywhere. White and blue marlin weighing hundreds of pounds are there for the taking, as are large tuna, wahoo and dorado.
From the Blogs
SOS: Save Our Shores
Published: Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Galveston Island’s most important environmental asset is front and center for the new “Save Our Shores” (S.O.S.) campaign, learn more here! Read more.
Galveston Offers Expanded Lineup of Free Summer Beach Events
Published: Monday, July 01, 2019
Popular ‘Sandcastle Days’ Event Now Available to West End Beachgoers, more... Read more.
Canceled Cruise? We've Got You Covered!
Published: Friday, June 21, 2019
Don’t let this cancellation rain on your vacation parade, plan your trip to Galveston Island today! Read more.
Galveston Island Events April thru May 2019
Published: Monday, March 11, 2019
With all of the festivals and events that take place in Galveston, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up! Here's a list of events taking place in the next few months: Read more.
Sheepshead - The Fish With Human Teeth
Published: Monday, March 04, 2019
The coming sunshine coincides with the annual abundance and excitement of fishing for Sheepshead, an often misunderstood and funny looking fish with teeth similar to humans. Read more.
Galveston Fishing Rodeo Wraps Up
Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
The results are in for the Galveston Fishing Rodeo. The leader board is impressive. Read more.
Ling, Stingray, Mangrove Snapper, Atlantic Sharpnose Shark and more.
Published: Friday, October 19, 2018
Our recent deep sea trip catches have included ling, large stingray, mangrove snapper, lane snapper, gulf trout, atlantic sharpnose shark, gafftop, and more. Read more.
September & October Were Tough, Looking Forward to Better Conditions
Published: Saturday, October 06, 2018
August and most of September were much tougher months to fish than I have seen in all my years fishing our area since 1974, which was 6 years before I began charter fishing. Read more.
Three Charters Leading the Galveston Fishing Rodeo
Published: Tuesday, October 02, 2018
A new annual fishing tournament kicked off on Friday, September 28. The Galveston Fishing Rodeo is open to private and guided anglers and includes daily weigh-ins at the Galveston Yacht Basin. Read more.
Keeper Ling Within a Mile of the Jetties
Published: Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Our bay/jetty trips produced excellent catches on shark, especially bonnethead sharks. We also found larger stingray and a keeper ling within a mile of the jetties this morning. Read more.