Fly Fishing the Texas Coast

San Jose Island

San Jose Island is bounded on the northwest by Cedar Bayou and on the southeast by Aransas Pass, a jettied channel to the Gulf that provides oceangoing tankers and freighters access to the port of Corpus Christi. The bayside and interior marshes of San Jose Island offer a multitude of shorelines, creeks, tidal lakes, as well as grass flats that are excellent for wading and sightcasting.

One of those features is Vinson's Slough, part of a series of remote, backcountry lakes connected by narrow guts within San Jose Island near the Cedar Bayou fish pass. It is virtually inaccessible except by airboat because of the distance from deeper water on the bay side of the barrier island. The easiest way to access it is with one of the airboat guides out of Goose Island State Park. Winding guts and bayous open into small, shallow tidal lakes with mostly firm bottoms and some scattered shell. Lakes can hold good numbers of redfish during the summer months. These lakes hold clear, shallow water, making Vinson's Slough a prime sightcasting destination.

Wigeon Oyster Lake is another remote tidal lake connected by a narrow creek to Vinson's Slough. The front part of it has a soft bottom. The best time to fish this lake is after a tidal surge, when the water level begins to ebb. Flyfishers access Wigeon Oyster Lake primarily from Goose Island State Park via chartered airboat with captains and guides experienced in fishing this area.


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