San Antonio Bay

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Location:
Victoria, TX
United States United States
Coordinates:
28.21, -96.7099
Description:

The San Antonio Bay estuarine complex is located on the Texas coast, south of Matagorda Bay and north of Copano-Aransas Bays. San Antonio Bay comprises the majority of the system, which also includes Espirito Santo Bay, Mesquite Bay, Hynes Bay and Guadalupe Bay. Freshwater inflow comes from the San Antonio and Guadalupe Rivers, and Green Lake/Victoria ship channel. Matagorda Island separates the system from the Gulf of Mexico, and water exchange takes place via Pass Cavallo to the north and Cedar Bayou to the south. As a result, there is little direct exchange between San Antonio Bay and Gulf waters.

Much of the land surrounding San Antonio Bay has maintained rural characteristics and supports farming and ranching activities. To the southwest, the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge provides important habitat for many species.

Located along the San Antonio Bay shoreline of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is Mustang Lake. The entire upper end of this estuary has shallow, grass flats and hard sand bottoms that make for excellent wadefishing conditions. Mustang Lake is accessed by flats boat from the Intracoastal Waterway. Proceed north through the middle of the entrance to the cut, and then toward the upper end.

The Chicken Foot Reef Area, a multitude of oyster reefs in the middle of San Antonio Bay, offers productive blindcasting options for plentiful redfish and trout. Hopper's Landing, a marina near the entrance to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, is a good access point to these reefs.

On calm days, when the water clears, anglers in flat-bottomed johnboats or shallow-running skiffs can see the many shell reefs in the middle of San Antonio Bay, which lie about 3 feet below the surface. During the winter months, trout leave the flats for the deeper water around these reefs.

Adapted from

Fly Fishing the Texas Coast

by Chuck Scates & Phil H. Shook

The First Chain of Islands (South Pass) is a group of protected islands on the lower San Antonio Bay. They have numerous lakes and offer excellent shoreline wadefishing over clear, hard sand bottoms. The area is known to attract good numbers of redfish.

Welder's Flats, an expansive area on the east side of San Antonio Bay, does not consistently hold clear water, but tailing redfish frequently show in early morning. Some areas are firm enough to wade and others are too soft, but there are excellent driftfishing prospects for flyfishers.

Close by, at the entrance to South Pass Lake, is a small cut that is well marked, and just to the right of it is a wide sandbar. Clear water holds behind the bar, providing excellent sightcasting habitat. Flyfishers can wade the entire island between the cut and South Pass Lake and have a good chance at trout and redfish. South Pass Lake is the first lake on the inside of South Pass Lake and is reached after exiting Contee Lake.

On a high tide, at the back of Pat's Bay, a little serpentine bayou runs straight into Power Lake and a horseshoe-shaped sandbar. Large redfish cruise this backcountry lake. Power Lake's bottoms can be soft and difficult to wade, but the shorelines are firm for the most part. Entry requires a shallow-draft boat because Power Lake never gets much deeper than .2 feet, out in the middle.

Leaving Power Lake and heading west down the San Antonio Bay shoreline of Matagorda Island, boaters will come to the Twin Lakes, tidal lakes that hold numbers of redfish and are excellent for fly fishing. Anchor at the mouths of these small tidal lakes and wade the shallow, grass flats and hard sand bottoms.

Just down from the Twin Lakes are the secluded shorelines of Cedar Lake. Cedar Lake has features similar to those of Pringle Lake, with hard sand bottoms and grasslines about 30 feet from the shore. This flat also provides prime habitat for cruising and feeding redfish.

From Panther Point to the Second Chain of Islands

The deeper tidal lakes are boggy in spots, but boaters who start at Panther Point and idle slowly northward will find an extensive shell reef that runs for about 3 miles. At normal tides, most of the reef is about 2 feet below the surface. The west side of the reef drops off to about 6 feet. This is an excellent place to cast shooting tapers or intermediate-density lines for trout holding along the reefs.

The stretch of shoreline from Panther Point to the Second Chain of Islands is good for wadefishing, with many channels and depressions. With its many small creeks, it is similar to Green's Bayou on the Matagorda Peninsula.

Boaters heading to the First Chain of Islands should also check out the Point of Ayres shoreline. Redfish will hold on this stretch of shore, which is good for wadefishing.

Cover/Structure:

Shell structure, points, reefs, flats, islands.

Tips/Tactics:

Flyfishers should target shell structure and points and use rattle flies, whistlers, and other attractor fly patterns when the water is slightly off-color around the reefs.

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Power Boats Allowed, Swimming Area, Shore fishing access, Beach, Fly Fishing
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Fishing Reports

Captain Chris Martin-President/CEO Bay Flats Lodge, Inc
about 5 years ago (05/19/2009)

San Antonio Bay Fishing Report 05.19.09

The kids will soon be getting out of school for the summer and a lot of folks will have already stock-piled their ever-valuable vacation time at their job so as to allow the family to plan some quality time with their entire crew. However, recent reports out of our nation’s capital indicate that many households may be sticking close to home this summer due to the current state of the economy. But this doesn’t have to be a fun-limiting factor for everyone this summer. Texans can plan the perf...
Bay Flats Lodge, Inc.
over 5 years ago (04/21/2009)

San Antonio Bay Fishing Report 04.21.09

Bay Flats Lodge, Inc. Fishing Report:MONDAY “TROUT FOCUS” A break in the wind, and fishing is going to bust wide open…this is what exactly happened on Monday. According to Captain TJ Christensen “We must have caught 100 trout today, they would hit anything. We covered some real estate now, but it was worth it.” Captain David McClelland returned with 20 plus fat trout while working shell. David met up with returning customer David S. and guests. “The wind was calm when we departed, it ble...
Port O'Connor Fishing - Bay Flats Lodge
over 5 years ago (03/11/2009)

San Antonio Bay Fishing Report 03.11.09

We just returned from the Houston Fishing Show and want to thank everyone who came out and made our week a success. We’re very grateful to have the business. By the time you read this, fishing will have experienced a slow transition from grass & mud over to sand and shell. During this period, coastal anglers should anticipate the fish to be transitioning from their previously inhabited deep, or light, mud environments as they begin migrations into the adjacent sand or scattered shell surr...
Capt Mac/Bayshore Sportfishing
over 5 years ago (02/10/2009)

San Antonio Bay Fishing Report 02.10.09

San Antonio Bay, Port O'Oconnor, tx:Trout good on artificials,reds very good on almost anything.. best baits Bass Assassins, gold spoons, Gulp.. partly cloudy, water temp 65F,wind 15-18,best fishing on flats near drop-offs where current moving. air temp 76F.. very confortable.Capt Mac/Bayshore SportfishingPhone#: -832-279-0261 cell Email:-pts3@cyberbay.com...

Fish

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Drum, Black (Pogonias cromis)

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Drum, Red (Saltwater) (Sciaenops ocellatus)

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Flounder, Gulf (Paralichthys albigutta)

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Hind, Speckled (Epinephelus drummondhayi)

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Trout, Speckled (Cynoscion nebulosus)

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Guides

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Back Bay Guide Service

Prepare to go wade or drift fishing with artificials,bait or fly. You can fish for Trout, Redfish, and Flounder from any of the popular fishing venues in the Texas Mid-Coast area, including Port O...
Port O Connor, TX, United States United States
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Bay Rat Duck Hunting & Fishing Guide Service

Capt. Gary Gray was born and raised in Seadrift, Texas. Fishing and hunting in San Antonio Bay is a way of life for him. At the young age of 12 he got his commercial fishing license and in a short s...
Seadrift, TX, United States United States
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Bayshore Sportfishing

Bayshore Sportfishing offers you the most outstanding Offshore and bay fishing in Texas. Our port is Port O'connor, Tx. Our fishing grounds include Gulf of Mexico up to 50 miles, and we fish Espirit...
Port O Connor, TX, United States United States
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Black Hawk Fishing Charters

Hello I am Capt Buddy Lindsey of Rockport, Texas Specializing in Redfish & Trout from San Antonio Bay to Baffin Bay. We cater to the Experienced or Novice; Families Welcome. We are Willing to hel...
Rockport, TX, United States United States
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Bull Run Charters

Redfishing at it's best. Rockport area, bays and flats. Individual, family and corporate trips available. Bait, tackle, fish cleaning and packaging are included. Bring sunscreen, food,drinks & a sen...
Fulton, TX, United States United States
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Captain John Frankson Guide Service

Enjoy wade or drift fishing in the shallow waters of Matagorda and San Antonio Bays with your choice of artificial or live bait With weather permitting, surf fishing off Matagorda Island or Ma...
Port Lavaca, TX, United States United States

Champion Guide Service

Professional full-time fishing guide service for Choke Canyon, Canyon Lake, and Medina Lake. We offer our clients Freshwater, Saltwater, and Flyfishing trips. When you visit the San Antonio and Corp...
San Antonio, TX, United States United States
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First Cast Guide Service

Enjoy a great day of fishing along the middle Texas coast from Port O’Connor to Seadrift. Wade and drift fish year-round in the bays and back lakes. Bring in your limits of speckled trout, redfis...
Port O Connor, TX, United States United States

Jeffs Saltwater Guide Service

Try Drift or Wadefishing the Flats around Port O'Connor Tx. with artificials for Redfish , Speckled Trout , and Flounder & Fly Fishing. Tarpon also in July & August. Cap'n Red has been fishing this...
Port O Connor, TX, United States United States
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Reel Fishing Guide Service

Fishing the area waters of beautiful Port O' Connor, Texas for 40 years. Kayak fishing, wade, boat or Fly fishing. Port O' Connor is the best fishing spot on the Gulf Coast. Individual and Family tr...
Port O Connor, TX, United States United States
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Reel-Life-Adventures

Welcome to the adventures of the Texas Gulf Coast outdoors! If you are an avid fisherman looking for the excitement of that special fishing trip and want to experience the Texas bay fishing to its f...
Matagorda, TX, United States United States
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Roadrunner Guide Service

A full service fishing guide for the Texas gulf coast from Port O'Connor to Port Aransas, including Copano and San Antonio bay. Get close to the whooping cranes on our bird watching tour. "No fish -...
Ingleside, TX, United States United States

Salty Dawg Guide Service

Artificial or live bait fishing in Port O Connor and surrounding bays.Wade drift anchor or surf.All equipment furnished if needed. We use artificials and live bait and you can wade, drift or boa...
Ganado, TX, United States United States
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Shallow Water Guide

Plan a fishing trip with one of Texas' finest fly fishing guides - Tom Horbey. He can accommodate both fly fishermen and those who use conventional gear. Anglers of all experience levels are welcome...
Port O Connor, TX, United States United States
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Shallow Water Guide Service

Fishing for Redfish and Trout with lures or bait. And also Flounder gigging trips. Step aboard my 24' Carolina Skiff and get ready to gig lots of flounder. We'll travel in style, safely to those g...
Rockport, TX, United States United States
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The Detail Company

The Detail Company offers duck hunting, dove hunting, angling - fishing trips and african safaris for adventure travel around the world. Call The Detail Company now for more information on the o...
Houston, TX, United States United States
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To The Limit Guide Service

I offer a wide variety of guided fishing experiences. You are provided with everything you need to for the fishing trip of a lifetime. Let me show you where the fish are and the many techniques used...
Ingleside, TX, United States United States

Lodges

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Bay Flats Lodge

Amenities 10,000 Square Feet of "well thought out accommodations" Wireless internet meeting room Laptop, projector and full size screen for presentations Private rooms, in room baths, cen...
Seadrift, TX, United States United States

Tournaments

There are no tournaments associated with this fishing spot.