Fishing

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San Antonio Bay is a world-class fishing destination and the refuge provides excellent opportunities to access and enjoy this amazing natural resource.


Fishing Pier – Here is where you can enjoy year-round fishing opportunities. The 40’ accessible pier extends out into San Antonio Bay and offers excellent opportunities to catch redfish, speckled trout, black drum, and flounder. Enjoy the views of dolphins  in the bay and watch stingrays swim past.  

Wade Fishing – Wade fish from the fishing pier area year-round.  From April 15 to October 14 only (when the whooping cranes aren’t here), enjoy excellent access to wade fishing at the Big Tree Trail or under the Observation Tower.  Be aware of stingrays, alligators, and jellyfish.

Kayak Launch - Launch your canoe or kayak year-round from the kayak launch near the fishing pier/picnic area.

Refuge hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. All State fishing regulations apply. Fishing is allowed in San Antonio Bay only via pier, wading, or kayak.  Bank fishing or freshwater fishing is prohibited.

Fishing on Matagorda Island Unit -- State lands on Matagorda Island are open for fishing. For more information, please visit Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area website or call 979-244-6804 or 979-244-7697.