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
Galveston Isle Kicks Off Tourism Season Memorial Day Weekend
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018
As thousands of visitors flock to Galveston this Memorial Day weekend, the island’s tourism industry will be celebrating the kickoff of what is expected to be a successful summer vacation season. Read more.
Kingfish Everywhere, Ling Running
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Galveston fishing report provided by Aqua Safari Charters on May 23, 2018. Read more.
How to Fish in Galveston
Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Galveston's fishing regulations, catches and more can be found in this comprehensive fishing FAQ. Read more.
Seven Amazing Things You Need To Do in Galveston this Spring
Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018
Whether you’re paddling along tranquil coastal channels, playing in an indoor waterpark, or indulging in some first-rate dining, you’ll find many reasons to visit Galveston this spring. Read more.
10 Reasons You Should Get On Island Time in Galveston
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
It's hard to narrow it down to only 10 things, but here's are the 10 reasons you should get on Island Time! Read more.
Why Do Snowbirds Love Galveston So Much?
Published: Monday, November 27, 2017
Is it the warmer island temperatures? The wonderful holiday traditions? Take a look at why so many choose Galveston as their winter getaway! Read more.
East Beach: Galveston's Party Central for Fun and Surf
Published: Friday, May 19, 2017
With live music concerts, sparkling surf, volleyball courts, concession stands and the imaginative sand sculptures created during the annual AIA Sandcastle Competition, East Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island. Read more.
First of 1 Million Cubic Yards of Sand Has Been Pumped Onto the Beach
Published: Monday, January 23, 2017
The first of 1 million cubic yards of sand has been pumped onto the beach in a $19 million project to replenish over 3.5 miles of beach along Galveston's seawall.
Must-Do's for Nature Lovers
Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Galveston.com's Bobby Stanton overview all the perfect spots for Nature Lovers when visiting the Island. Read more.
The Galveston Island Pass is your Ticket to Island Adventures and Savings Too
Published: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Whether you’d like to kayak on Galveston Bay, visit the Railroad Museum or watch the sharks at Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid, the Galveston Island Pass is your ticket to island adventures. Read more.