Fly Fishing the Texas Coast

Matagorda Bay: Keller Bay Area

The Keller Pocket has submerged grasses and offers exceptional wadefishing for trout, redfish, and flounder. Anglers can launch skiffs from several marinas and bait camps or from the state park nearby at Olivia. Midweek fishing is best because Keller Bayespecially this southwest pocketattracts a lot of weekend boat traffic.

The shoreline along the stretch from Mud Point to Rhodes Point offers excellent wadefishing over firm bottoms and submerged grass beds. This stretch of shore is primarily a fall and winter fishery and is ideal on a north or northeast wind. The closest boat access is from marinas at the town of Olivia.

Cox Bay Area

The area from Rhodes Point to Husiache Cove and the Cox's Cove shoreline is wadable, with scattered shell bars that hold trout and redfish. There is no submerged grass to clear the water here, but the location doesn't get much boat traffic, and the shorelines are protected on south and southeast winds.

The Upper Lavaca Bay Complex

The Alcoa plant complex offers exceptional winter fishing that attracts mostly the levelwind and plugger set, but it also is a good area to try shooting heads and uniform-density fly lines.

Flyfishers should also check out nearby Swan Lake. It has no submerged vegetation but a firm bottom for wadefishing. Good numbers of redfish hang around the shell bars. The lake also offers solitude because it doesn't attract much boating activity.

Lavaca River

Redfish hold near the banks on either side of Lavaca River. Access this uncrowded shoreline from marinas and ramps at Point Comfort and Lolita.

Lavaca Bay (West Shoreline)

This area, which extends from the public launch ramp at the park road access to the Lavaca Bay shoreline down to the public fishing pier at Noble Point, offers wadable shorelines. The site has no submerged grass, but it produces trout, reds, and flounder under low wind conditions.


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