A Guide To Fall Fishing In Texas
As summer turns to autumn, there’s one activity at the forefront of our minds: fall fishing. When the mornings turn chilly and the skies become gray, you know you’re in for a great catch. Texas has a world-class saltwater fishery year-round, but saltwater fishing is at its peak during the fall. A prediction of heavy rainfall this autumn indicates an increase in desirable conditions for lake fishing. Rain aerates and cools bodies of water, which can increase marine life activity. When it comes to freshwater, many species of fish are more active under dark conditions than in bright sunlight, so autumn weather is preferable across the board for angling.
What to Look Out For:
As the weather cools, most anglers will be looking for redfish as shoals prepare for their annual migration to the Gulf of Mexico. September marks the beginning of flounder season, with the fall run going strong into November. Fall is also the best time of year to catch tarpon and snook along the lower Texas coast.
Legally speaking, anyone removing or attempting to remove fish, mussels, clams, crayfish, or other aquatic life from state public waters must have a current Texas fishing license with the appropriate endorsement (TripSavvy). Texas residents and non-resident visitors can purchase license year fishing packages which include a fishing license and a freshwater and/or saltwater endorsement. A freshwater endorsement is needed to fish in inland waters, and a saltwater endorsement is needed to fish in coastal water.
The Best Spots:
Along the Gulf Coast, anglers should stick to Sabine Pass and Galveston. Sabine Pass is known for its fall flounder season, but is also a great destination for speckled trout and redfish. Galveston is teeming with a similar variety, and is the largest bay system in Texas. When it comes to bass fishing, Lake Fork is known as the best trophy bass lake in the U.S. Falcon Lake and the Choke Canyon Reservoir are also popular spots for trout. Lower Laguna Madre is one of the best-preserved lagoon ecosystems in the state and offers snook, tarpon, snapper, trout, and redfish.
When it comes to autumn in Texas, it’s no question that fishing is the reason for the season. Pack up your lures, loosen your line, and go fish!
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