Fly Fishing the Texas Coast
Texas City Dike and Flats
Only an hour's drive from Houston, the Texas City Dike offers flyfishers the opportunity to wadefish shallow flats that hold redfish or to cast off the rocks to Spanish mackerel and jack crevalle. The best wadefishing is on the north side of the dike, where there is walk-in access as well as boat ramps at a variety of bait camps. The area often is crowded on summer weekends, but there are enough broad, hard-bottomed flats and shorelines, drop-offs, holes, and spoil islands to go around. A good place to start is on the north side at the base of the dike, where there are a series of small spoil islands, hard sand bottoms, and a couple of shrimpboat wrecks. Trout are the primary target on the flats side of the dike, and jack crevalle sometimes get within casting range along the rocks on the south, channel side.
The sand spits and spoil islands near the dike hold fish in high winds. Waders can walk from spoil island to spoil island, casting around the deeper holes and depressions. Look for baitfish moving in clouds. Currents can be swift, and a life jacket here is mandatory.
The area also provides good winter fishing for flyfishers who don't want to contend with the summer crowds: There are flats and a deep channel near the boat basin. To get there, drive to the base of the dike and stop at the park. Pick a warm winter day to fish the flats. Look for changes in water color and cast to deeper water with big Seaducers, Deceivers, and bendback patterns.
The Texas City Dike and flats are about an hour's drive from Houston. Take I-45 (Gulf Freeway) southeast toward Galveston, to the Texas City exit. Follow the signs through town to the Texas City Dike.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication