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Fishing and Boating

Enjoy excellent fishing along the Texas coastline with free access 24 hours a day.  Or try your luck with freshwater fish on East Bay Bayou.

Some of the best wade fishing in Texas can be found on the refuge shorelines along East Galveston Bay. Whether you are wading or launching a boat, anglers looking for speckled trout, redfish and southern flounder can enjoy free access 24 hours a day on the refuge. Two boat ramps provide access to East Bay and Oyster Bayou. * Unless otherwise noted, boating is not permitted on inland waters of the refuge except for the boat canal at the Oyster Bayou Boat Ramp.*

Three fishing piers along the banks of East Bay Bayou and a wooden bridge offer anglers without a boat an opportunity to catch freshwater species like crappie, large mouth bass, gar, bowfin, channel and blue catfish. Small, non-motorized boats may be launched along East Bay Bayou at the canoe launch.

All boat motors greater than 25 HP and with more than a 9inch propeller, are prohibited.


Learn about other fishing opportunities on your National Wildlife Refuges!

Last Updated: Apr 25, 2013
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