Matagorda Island WMA: Fishing

Phone: (361) 205-1510
2200 7th Street, 3rd Floor
Bay City, TX 77414
Contact: Dan Walker


Fishing Permitted

For general information on fishing requirements and restrictions, see the Outdoor Annual Fishing Regulations. For information on fishing licenses, stamps, and tags see Outdoor Annual Fishing Licenses.

Fishing opportunities include shallow water wade fishing on the bay side and surf fishing on the gulf side.

Predominant species include: Redfish, sea trout, pompano, Spanish mackerel and, tarpon.

Persons may bank fish at the docks located on the island. There is no fee for this activity, but note that all persons camping overnight will be required to posses a Limited Public Use Permit (LPU) or an Annual Public Hunting Lands Permit (APH). The permit is not required for youth under 17, who must be accompanied by a permitted adult.

Persons may also access the gulf front beaches for fishing via bicycle or hiking through the headquarters complex. This access is not allowed while public hunts are in progress.