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, king mackerel, and more.

How is the Fishing in Galveston?

Galveston’s nutrient-rich 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 on the beach, in East Galveston Bay, West Galveston Bay and over the San Luis Pass, towards Freeport & Surfside.

Drop in for a sneak peek with the Galveston Fishing Pier's (91st Street) live webcam.

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! You can surf fish or crab right on the beach, too!

Favorite Galveston public fishing spots include:

  • 61st Street Fishing Pier
  • Galveston Fishing Pier on 91st Street
  • Galveston Island State Park - beach & bay
  • 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, located at 91st Street, 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 right over the water on the pier!

If you try your luck over at the San Luis Pass be sure to pay attention to the signage; there are strong currents that can easily become dangerous.


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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 Texas Parks & Wildlife (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 like Galveston Island State Park 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 - at Pirates Cove

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 - at Sea Isle

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, on the west side of 61st Street as you drive towards the Seawall, 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 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!



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Galveston Resources and Useful Links

3G Fishing Charters

9301 Broadway, Galveston, TX

Captain Jimmy would like to invite you, your family and friends on the best fishing charter service in Texas. 3G fishing charters is family owned and operated and is a third generation fishing operation that has been fishing Galveston and Freeport for the past thirty years. 

3G fishing charters offer in-shore, jetty, and offshore fishing charters. The following are some of the fish we catch on a daily basis. Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Black Drum, Red Snapper, Ling, Dolphin, King Mackerel, Jack C., Wahoo, Grouper, Black & Yellow Fin Tuna, Sharks, Billfish and Amber Jacks. 


61st Street Fishing Pier

6101 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77551

A family-friendly fishing pier that offers rod rentals, snacks, pizza, cold beer, soda, a beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico, and lots of fun! 

Coastal Charter Adventures

715 North Holiday Drive, Galveston, TX 77550

If you have ever dreamed of an adventure into the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, give Coastal Charter Adventures the opportunity to show you just how exciting Galveston offshore fishing can be. 

Ask about the guaranteed catch policy! 

Extreme Island Adventures

715 Holiday Drive, Galveston, TX 77550

Extreme Island Adventures would like to invite you to experience pure adrenaline... its fleet and crews are ready to show you what bay and offshore fishing is all about. 

Fishing License Locations

Academy Sports 
4523 Fort Crockett Blvd 

Fat Boy's Bait & Tackle 
403 Jones Lake Rd 

Galveston Party Boats, Inc 
Pier 19 

6702 Seawall Blvd 

West End Marina 
21706 Burnet Drive 

Galveston Fishing Pier

9001 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77551

The Galveston Fishing Pier has been the longest fishing pier in Texas since 1971. We have seen many faces, and the children of those faces, and the children of THOSE faces. 

Mon - Sun: 7am - 11pm 

Galveston Party Boats

1700 Harborside Drive, Galveston, Texas 77550

Offering a variety of fishing charters and trips, Galveston Party Boats is a great choice for your next fishing adventure! 

Pelican Rest Marina

7819 Broadway, Galveston, TX 77554

Located on the north side of Offats Bayou, Pelican Rest Marina, offers a full service marina facility including a state-of-the-art concrete floating Shoremaster(C) system designed to house 60' and larger class fishing yachts. 

Ron Wright Fishing Charters

Galveston, TX 77554

A die-hard fisherman, Captain Ron Wright has been fishing in Galveston for over 25 years. Full Day, Half Day and Night Trips. Quality rod, reels and tackle provided. 

Check in out on Facebook! 

Rusty Hook Bait Camp

23230 Termini San Luis Pass Rd, Galveston, TX 77554

Local bait and tackle shop that opened in 1986 on the West End just west of Sea Isle. 

Sea Isle Bait Camp

21706 Burnet Drive, Galveston, TX 77554

Featuring live & fresh dead fish, bait & tackle, live croaker, and rod & reel rentals. Conveniently located on the West End! 

Texas Saltwater Adventures

Galveston, TX 77550

Whether your dream is to haul in a gorgeous red snapper or a prize-winning Kingfish, Captain Leaf and his crew can take you to the right place. From the historic ports at Galveston and Freeport, "we have access to the best salt water fishing on the Gulf." 

Topp Dogg Fishing Guides

9301 Broadway Street, Galveston, TX 77554

Galveston Fishing Guides Captain Alan and Captain Steven offer inshore Galveston Fishing Charters and Galveston Fishing Trips on Galveston Bay in Texas. The two captains are professional full time Saltwater Galveston Bay Fishing Guides. They specialize in individual, corporate, kids, friends and family oriented private chartered trips. 

West Bay Bait & Tackle

17630 San Luis Pass Road, Galveston, TX 77554

Open March 1st thru Labor Day weekend. 

Mon - Fri: 6am - 6pm 
Fri - Sat: 530am - 6pm 
Sun: Closed 

Hour vary seasonally. Please call ahead to confirm. 

West End Marina

21706 Burnet Drive, Galveston, TX 77554

Bait shop, marina and boat launch located in Sea Isle. 

Get Hooked

715 N. Holiday Drive, Galveston, TX 77550

Inshore and Offshore fishing, shark fishing, bay & jetty fishing - all you could ask for! Call to schedule a charter for your friends or family. Also offer kid friendly charters!

Wave Dancer Charters

715 N Holiday Drive Galveston, TX 77550

Family-oriented fishing charters service, with over 30 years of experience with fishing and Galveston Fishing Charters in the Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Bay, dedicated to providing you with a safe and enjoyable day on the water. Wave Dancer Charters is Federal and State Licensed.

Everything is provided for your trip including fuel at no extra cost! They provide rods and reels, tackle, bait, ice, and water. On arrival back to the dock, your catch will be cleaned and bagged for your trip home.  You must have a Texas Saltwater Fishing License.


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