Outdoors

Exploring some of the Gulf's best fishing spots without a boat

Galveston Bay has many great fishing spots, even if you do not have a boat. Nicolas Russell/Getty Images

If you are new to the area or just want to get out there and take up fishing, we have compiled this guide to help you find great fishing spots around Galveston Bay. I don’t own a boat but like to fish, and these spots were made for people with that in mind.

Texas City Dike

This is a quintessential bay area must for anglers from novice to expert. The 4.5-mile dike has lots of places to fish, including a long fishing area from the boat docks. There are areas to go wade fishing, areas to shore fish, and areas to fish from rocks. On any given day, lots of anglers will be out there catching a variety of different species of fish.

Bay Shore Park

Bay Shore Park is a small park with a small fishing area right off the boat ramp. There aren't many people fishing there so it is great for casting a few lines in the water. It has restrooms, walking trails, a covered pavilion and a playground, so it can be a whole day family affair.

San Leon 18th Street Pier 

The 18th Street Pier in San Leon has a long pier that has a cost to enter. The building where you pay for pier access also doubles as a bar and grill where you can catch a live band. The spot has a number of anglers on weekends but would also serve as a great place to catch some music and food after of day fishing.

Factory Bayou

Factory Bayou is an inlet right off the bay that has a shoreline. It's located in Bacliff, you have to park on the grass. Somewhat of rogue fishing spot, there have been a number of reports from this spot of trout and flounder.

Moses Lake

Moses Lake has an area right off Highway 146 where you can park off the side of the road. Most fishing happens from the railroad bridge. Another rogue fishing spot that nets a number of different species of fish.

Seawolf Park 

Seawolf Park in Galveston makes a perfect fishing location because of its access to the bay and the open Gulf. There is a charge to fish here, but the number of different species that swim in and out of the bay makes it ideal to catch some nice variety.

Sylvan Beach Park 

Sylvan Beach Park in La Porte has a great fishing pier that has a cost to go out on. There are a number of varieties of fish, and it’s a good-sized pier. In the same area is Morgan’s Point, which has some great fishing spots but you’ll need to know a resident, as they are all private property.

This isn't a totally inclusive list; if you ask 10 different anglers you’ll get at least nine different locations that they love. But hopefully this  gives you some great starting points. Now get out there with your best lure and throw some lines in the water. Just don’t be too angry when all your bait is taken from a day of catching hardhead.

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One of the great mysteries of Houston life is that so many locals don't take better advantage of San Antonio. Not only is the Alamo City a cultural jewel with more than 300 years of history proudly on display, it is also a strikingly modern city with chic boutique hotels, innovative restaurants, and some of the best shopping in Texas.

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Eastside Kitchenette

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