Galveston Island Fishing
What Fish Can I Catch in Galveston?
Galveston anglers can look forward to catching: redfish, flounder, speckled trout, amberjack, catfish, cobia, croaker, blacktip shark, black drum, alligator gar, mullet, bull shark, pompano, red or vermillion snapper, and king mackerel.
How is the Fishing in Galveston?
Galveston’s coastal waters offer a wide variety of habitats for growing & adult marine species. From seagrass beds to salt marshes, oyster reefs to natural & artificial reefs and miles of deep open water – we’ve got the fish you’re looking for!
Check out the Texas Parks & Wildlife weekly fishing report to see what’s being caught in East Galveston Bay, West Galveston Bay & over the San Luis Pass, towards Freeport & Surfside.
Where Can I Fish in Galveston?
Our favorite spot is right off the back deck of a canal or bay vacation rental, but Galveston offers a variety of other options as well!
Favorite Galveston public fishing spots include:
- 61st Street Fishing Pier
- Galveston Fishing Pier
- Galveston Island State Park
- Seawolf Park
- San Luis Pass
The 61st Street Fishing Pier offers half-price admission for late night fishing, and discounts for children, seniors and anglers with a military ID. They also offer fully rigged rod rentals and bait (frozen shrimp, squid or finger mullet).
The Galveston Fishing Pier also offers gear rental. Pier passes are good through 5 a.m. the following day, and kids ages 6-12, seniors, students, and military or civil servants with ID are eligible for a discounted rate. Have people in your group who aren't interested in trying their luck with a line? Check out the bike & surf board rental options, or Jimmy's on the Pier, a casual restaurant located out over the water!
Do I Need a Fishing License in Galveston?
Yes. A Texas Fishing License is required to fish in Galveston. You need it to take fish, mussels, clams, crayfish or other aquatic life in the public waters of Texas.
Youth under the age of 17 do not need a license to fish in Texas. However, per the TPWD, if they wish to retain a red drum over the maximum length, they will need to purchase an Exempt Angler Tag.
You can purchase a fishing license at local retailers, including:
- Academy Sports - 4523 Fort Crockett Blvd.
- Walmart – 6702 Seawall Blvd.
- West End Marina – 21706 Burnet Drive
Fishing in Texas State Parks doesn’t require a license (park entry fees still apply). All other fishing regulations, such as length and bag limits still apply – so make sure you are familiar with the current guidelines. Find more details here.
FUN FACT: The first Saturday in June each year is Free Fishing Day state-wide! Fish recreationally without any licenses or endorsements – it’s a great way to get your friends or family to try out this fun sport!
Where are Galveston’s Boat Launches and Marinas?
There are several marinas and boat launches located on Galveston Island: Waterman Marina & Bait Camp, West End Marina, and Jamail Bay Park are all open to the public.
Waterman Marina & Bait Camp - 14306 Stewart Road
Located within walking distance from several of bayfront vacation homes and less than 2 miles from the Sand `N Sea office, island visitors will love this full service marina & bait camp with daily, weekend & weekly boat slip rates. Waterman's Restaurant is a popular West End dining spot, and a great way to wrap up a day on the water.
West End Marina - 21706 Burnet Drive
Stop by the fully stocked general store and then hit the full-service bait shop (live & frozen bait) for snacks for everyone on your fishing adventure! This marina has 4-ton lifts, electric, water supply & marine grade fuel available. They also offer two dining options - the casual Sandbar Grille and the full-service West End Restaurant.
Jamail Bay Park - 1600 61st Street
Overlooking Offatts Bayou, this recent addition to the public parks on Galveston Island offers free truck & trailer parking, a boat ramp, and a small landscaped park with covered picnic tables & barbecue grills. Open 24 hours.
Where is the Best Place to Stay for my Galveston Fishing Trip?
Catch the best Galveston canal and bayfront vacation rentals with Sand `N Sea! Perfect for fishing, boating, birding and more, these West Galveston homes offer amenities including: private docks, decks that extend over boat houses, fishing lights, fish cleaning stations and quick bay access.
Browse the full selection of over 150+ Galveston vacation rentals on our website 24/7, email us at email@example.com or call us at 409.797.5500. Our team of Galveston locals would love to help you reel in the perfect island vacation!
The Best Fishing Charters in Galveston?
Galveston offers a variety of local fishing charters, with captains & crew as passionate about fishing as you are! From deep sea full day trips to a few hours in the bay, there's a Galveston fishing charter option that's sure to lure you in! Book your charter today with one of these local experts and get ready for the catch of a lifetime!
- Galveston Sea Ventures - Captain Shane Cantrell, 512.639.9188
- Get Hooked - 409.698.7112
- Ron Wright Fishing Charters - 832.788.2462
- Texas Saltwater Adventures - 832.428.3340
- Topp Dogg Fishing Guides - 832.606.0844
Beautiful sweet house built for a couple! My husband and I just loved it. The fishing was great and the view is amazing. The wetlands were perfect for kayaking and bird watching. The house is just a couple of miles from the beach, as well! Very nice accommodations and great deck for yoga! Very happy with this year's choice (of Tranquility Bay Cottage)! ~ Susie B.
(Salty Daze) The place was nice and quiet area. I liked the access to the fishing pier. ~ Norman H.
We prefer canal houses for fishing; very roomy accommodations for four couples. Pictures (of Coastal Retreat) were accurate as what to expect. ~ Roy B.
Fishing is phenomenal (at Bay House)! ~ Jason O.
(Carpe Diem) has a spacious layout inside and out, nice furnishings, and everything you would need as if you were in your own home, The outside was such a great location with the bay at your doorstep for fishing and a small beach for the kids to swim and play in. ~ Laura W.
Wonderful! Expansive bay views, great fishing under the overhead light, outstanding sunsets, lots of outside living areas (decking and under the house). Kids were kept busy fishing/crabbing off the boat dock and adults caught lots of fish at night. Kitchen has everything you need. Living area comfy and enjoyed watching a Texan game and an Astro's playoff game on a big screen TV. This is our second year (at Pelican Watch) and fits our family perfectly because of separate bed/bath downstairs. ~ Hank & Mickie M.
(Sunset Pier is a ) very relaxing place with beautiful sunsets and great fishing. ~ Darrell M.
Two of the bedrooms face the bay. A great place to watch the sky change colors as the sun sets over the water. A large variety of water fowl. Great area downstairs for grilling and hanging out. The bay is great for kayaking. At night the fishing off the private pier is amazing (at Sunset Pier).. ~ Cyndi W.