Fly Fishing the Texas Coast
Trout, redfish, and sand trout move off the flats and concentrate in the deeper, warmer water of the Colorado River during the winter months. The Colorado, which intersects East Matagorda and West Matagorda bays, is an ideal winter night-fishing destination. Several motels and marinas including Allen's Landing, Carla Courts, River Bend Bait Camp, and Hageman's offer night fishing for a fee from lighted piers on the east bank of the Colorado River, near the town of Matagorda.
Matagorda is located about 100 miles south of Houston. From Houston take I-59 to Wharton. Turn left on Texas 60 and follow it to Matagorda.
Marinas and launch ramps on the Intracoastal Waterway near Seadrift are the staging areas for several outfitters who provide houseboat access to backcountry fishing behind Matagorda Island. The houseboats are equipped with light systems, and the nighttime fly fishing can be explosive during the summer and fall months along spoil islands and passes inside the barrier islands. Guide and outfitter Mark Koliba with Morningstar Boat Rental in Port O'Connor provides fishing and kayaking expeditions behind Matagorda Island that include nighttime fly fishing from a houseboat equipped with galley, head, and air-conditioned sleeping quarters.
The lighted fishing pier at Goose Island State Park, off Texas 35 and Park Road 13 north of Rockport, attracts trout and redfish on moving tides. Flyfishers can cast from the pier or step off it and wade along the series of small spoil islands and cuts, casting back into the lights. There is a small fee for entering the park.
Sportsman Manor in Fulton is among a number of motels that offer lighted piers for guests along Fulton Beach Road. This pier attracts large numbers of school trout at night during the summer months.
Surf Court Motel and Laguna Reef Hotel in Rockport are two lodging facilities that have lighted fishing piers available for their guests. The Surf Court pier has the advantage, attracting larger trout from a nearby channel that leads into Rockport Harbor.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication