Fishing Matagorda Bay

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Fishing Matagorda Bay

Matagorda Bay

Matagorda Bay  is a large Gulf of Mexico estuary bay on the Texas coast located approximately 80 miles  northeast of Corpus Christi, 143 miles east-southeast of San Antonio, 108 miles  south-southwest of Houston.  It is separated from the Gulf of Mexico by Matagorda Peninsula and serves as the mouth of numerous streams, most notably the Lavaca and Colorado Rivers.

The bay’s shore, especially near the Colorado River delta, provides a habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. The wildlife serves as a basis for the birding and fishing tourism, and is an essential component of the production of seafood, specifically shrimp and blue crab, which are the specialties of the area.

Fishing Matagorda Bay

Anglers come to Matagorda for the following species:

  • Reds in the Fall season
  • Flounder in the shallow areas
  • Speckled Trout year round in the deeper waters
  • Tripletail in the summer

When fishing Matagorda Bay the topography can vary greatly. Matagorda Bay waters are generally deeper than many other Texas bays and reefs are not found in the water other than close to the shoreline and  Halfmoon Reef water is 4 to 6 feet deep)  which is juts into the bay from Palacios Point.

Along the western edge of Palacios Ship Channel and along the bay side of Matagorda Ship Channel  anglers will find spoil banks. The Matagorda  Peninsula Bank has 10 to 14 feet of water hitting the much shallower banks, mud flats, and sandbars which offer good fishing spots.

Oyster Bay can be accessed at the Northeastern corner of Matagorda Bay by Palacios Bayou or via the Intercoastal waterway at its exit to Palacios Point.  Tres Palacios Bay has small shoreline reefs and a large spoil area on the west side of Palacios Ship Channel.  Turtle Bay which is on the western side to Tres Palacios is shallower at 3 to 4 feet deep. Carancahua Bay, on the north shore of Matagorda Bay, is reached through a narrow pass and it has a couple of small lakes leading up a long and narrow bay that has 4 foot depths. They go as far as I 35 where one will find launch facilities.

When fishing Matagorda Bay other nearby fishing spots include Palacios and Port Lavaca.

 

 

 

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