The 7 Absolute Best Fishing Spots in Galveston

Written by Alyssa Shea
Published: September 24, 2023
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Did you know that Texas has some of the best fishing available in the United States? In Galveston, the combination of fresh and saltwater creates a wide variety of fish to catch. This has created a thriving fishing community in the area. Recreational fishing is a big draw for many tourists as well. Whether you’re fishing from the shore or on a chartered boat, you’re sure to have a great time. If you’re planning on heading down to Galveston, Texas, to fish, you should check out these hotspots!

1. Galveston Fishing Pier

When you think of Galveston, you might immediately picture a pier. Built in 1971, the Galveston Fishing Pier is among the most popular spots. The fishing here is incredibly diverse. You might find catfish or even pretty hefty sharks! A world-record smooth puffer (30 pounds) and Texas state-record (220 pounds) tarpon were reeled in at this pier!

Galveston Fishing Pier at Sunrise

The Galveston Texas Fishing Pier, now fully rebuilt, was severely damaged during Hurricane Ike.

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2. East Galveston Bay

On the eastern side of Galveston Bay, you will find 27-mile-long beaches and pristine waters. Fish are easily found here due to the thriving oyster beds located throughout the system. Redfish and speckled trout are often found feeding in this area of the bay, though you might also happen upon black drum and flounder. Plan on heading to this area between October and December for your best chances at hooking one of these fish.

East Bay Galveston Texas Sun Rise

Most anglers fish from boats or kayaks, but you can still cast from the shore if you choose.

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3. Chartered Fishing

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention charter fishing options in Galveston! It can be costly but well worth the investment. Bay fishing charters are perfect for families, beginners, as well as more advanced anglers. You can head to specific spots all across the ocean and the bay to chase after bigger catches. Many charters offer half and full-day outings, so pick what suits you best. These trips will often depend on weather conditions, which means it’s crucial to try to plan ahead!

Deep Sea Fishing Reel on a boat during sunrise

Chartered fishing can help you find red snapper and other sport fish like mackerel, dorado, ling, and shark.

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4. Galveston Island State Park

There are plenty of options when it comes to fishing at Galveston Island State Park. You can fish from the bank or shore, try your hand at wade-fishing on the beachside, or fish from a kayak. Speckled trout, redfish, flounder, and panfish such as sand and gulf trout, whiting, and croakers are all common finds throughout the year here. Seasonally, you can find mackerel, jacks, ladyfish, drum, and rays. No fishing license is necessary within the state park’s boundaries, either.

Roadside sign with direction to Galveston Island State Park with rows of power poles in the background

The state park offers numerous events throughout the year, including morning paddling and kayaking guides.


5. 61st Street Fishing Pier

Located on the Gulf of Mexico, the 61st Street Fishing Pier is open 24 hours per day and is very family-friendly. Food and drink are readily available, as well as prime fishing opportunities! A viewing deck rounds out the experience for those who just want to relax and watch the fishermen. Redfish, trout, rays, flounder, and black drum are commonly reeled in at this location. You can also expect to pull in some sharks, too.

Fishing pier in Galveston

You can rent all of the gear you need to have a great day on the pier.

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6. Seawolf Park

On Pelican Island, just north of Galveston, you can find the beautiful Seawolf Park. This memorial to a United States Navy submarine named the USS Seawolf, sunk in 1944, has many features! This is the place to be if you’re looking for flounder, trout, catfish, red and black drum, or speckled trout. This popular tourist spot has picnic spots and parks, so it’s great fun for this family. Beware of the rocky bottom, as your fishing line might easily get hung up.

Seawolf Park in Galveston

Be sure to check out the remains of the WWI tanker 

S.S. Selma

, the largest concrete ship ever constructed.

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7. San Luis Pass

The San Luis Pass is a hotspot for fishing. The reason is that this pass is a gateway between the sheltered West Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the most sought-after fish here are redfish, flounder, speckled trout, sheepshead, and shark. Make sure you keep an eye on tidal changes because the currents can quickly become dangerous. Many claim that this is the absolute best fishing you will find in the entire state!

Aerial view of  the Southern Texas shoreline, Galveston Island towards San Luis Pass, United States of America

While the San Luis Pass is incredibly good fun, lives have been taken in these treacherous waters.

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Summary of the 7 Absolute Best Fishing Spots in Galveston

RankFishing Spot
1Galveston Fishing Pier
2East Galveston Bay
3Chartered Fishing
4Galveston Island State Park
561st Street Fishing Pier
6Seawolf Park
7San Luis Pass

The photo featured at the top of this post is © miroslav_1/iStock via Getty Images

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I'm a 36-year-old mother of 2 and military wife. I have 2 dogs and a cat that I'm thoroughly obsessed with. When I'm not writing for work, I'm writing as a hobby. You can find me knee deep in a pile of books or way too invested in a video game.

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