GALVESTON FISHING LOCATIONS
Topp Dogg Guide Service provides specialized private guided fishing trips in Galveston Bay, Trinity Bay, East Bay, West Bay, the Galveston Channel and the surrounding bay waters. Known to inhabit these Galveston Fishing Locations are speckled trout, red fish, flounder, sand trout, gulf trout, golden croakers, gulf whiting, puppy drum, huge black drum, a variety of sharks and big bull reds. No matter what time of the year it is even winter time, most of these fish are very abundant in most parts of the all the waters that make up the Galveston Bay Complex.
Below are the Galveston Marinas, Ramps and Fishing Docks that the Captains will meet you at to begin your Galveston Bay Fishing Trip. Click on the marker of choice on the map according to the color, then click on "To Here" and type in your address info. and print the directions.
Galveston Bay Texas is known as one of the best fisheries on the Texas Gulf Coast. The center point which is 29░34' north latitude and 94░56' west longitude, is part of Galveston, Harris and Chambers counties. Galveston Bay is theálargest estuary on the Texas Gulf Coast and the seventh largest in the entire United States. It extends thirty miles south to north and seventeen miles east to west. The average depth. of the Galveston Bay Complex is seven to nine feet deep. It has mostly a mud bottom with live shell reefs and about 600 square miles of surface. Fresh water from the Trinity and the San Jacinto rivers mixes with the tidal salt water from the Gulf of Mexico through the Houston Ship Channel between Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula. Galveston Bay has been declared an estuary of national significance by the Environmental Protection Agency National Estuary Program and the area surrounding the bay system is bordered by coastal plains and many marshes. There is a preserve (Christmas Bay), which is a shallow embayment located in the farthest southwestern portion of Galveston Bayand is a unique quality subsystem of estuary that has not yet been greatly altered by human activity. It is one of the most ecologically productive bays of the Galveston Bay Complex. Important natural resources in all of the Galveston bays include finfish, shrimp, oysters, and blue crabs. It is also estimated that seventy percent of the bird species in North America spend some time around the Galveston Bay Complex.
Red drum and speckled trout are the premier recreational fished species of the bay. Regulations passed to protect speckled trout included no commercial sale since 1981, implementation of minimum and maximum sizes and a daily bag limit for recreational fishermen since 1982. Red fish and recently flounder have also had some regulation changes over the past 10 years. These species showed increases in first-time spawners and adults after these regulations were implemented, despite several adverse natural events, including a freeze in 1983, a red tide in 1986, and two freezes in 1989. On September 13th, 2008 Hurricane Ike made landfall directly over Galveston Island and caused massive damage to Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula. Galveston Island has since rebuilt and the bays once filled with debris from Hurricane Ike has since been cleaned and the overall fishing in all of the Galveston Bay Complex is still outstanding. Near limits of healthy speckled trout and red fish are being caught on most guided fishing trips. Galveston Bay is still considered by most saltwater anglers as one of the very best places to go fishing up and down the Texas Gulf Coast. If you get a chance you should take advantage of what the Galveston Bay Complex has to offer.
Trinity Bay is 25 miles from the open Gulf of Mexico. This distance from the Gulf coupled with the bay's expansive watershed causes a considerable fluctuation in the salinity of the water. This is negligible as far as some fish are concerned but quite critical for others. Speckled trout and other species are influenced by the saline content of the water. These fish will move from Trinity Bay to lower Galveston Bay and into adjacent bays that are closer to the Gulf of Mexico when the salinity of Trinity Bay soars during drought periods or plummets when heavy rains cause a massive fresh water runoff. Red fish on the other hand are known to linger year round through out Trinity Bay and can handle the salinity swings much better than most other species especially speckled trout. Mostly known for fall and winter time fishing, Trinity Bay has become a very popular bay among anglers to fish in the spring time and winter months. With favorable weather conditions and a good tidal movement, novice and experienced anglers can catch a variety of species during any season. For many years Trinity Bay has always been a great fishery. Because of many favorable factors, Trinity Bay continues to produce quality and quantity fish for all anglers year round.
For many years the Houston Light and Power Company' s Cedar Bayou generating station's cooling canal has flowed into the north side of the bays shoreline. Some of the best red fish and speck action ever occurred in the warm water outflow during the winter months. Fishing under the birds during fall and fishing around the many wells in the summer time are also popular methods on Trinity Bay. Striped bass were introduced to the Trinity Bay system in the early 1980's. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department made a three striper fry stocking near the marsh line on the north side of Trinity Bay in the spring of 1982. I would not rush out to bone up on striper fishing techniques for salt water because fruition of these stockings have not gone according to plans. Trinity Bay's strong suits have been and always will be wade fishing or drift fishing from the boat for speckled trout and red fish. Under good or decent weather conditions Trinity Bay is a very good producer of quality speckled trout, red fish, sand trout, gulf trout, flounder and a variety of other species from late March through the end of November. Many local residents and anglers over the past several years have had success fishing all of the Trinity Bay waters anytime of the year.