Coast on over to Corpus Christi, a true fishing paradise for anglers, where you can find a wide variety of year-round opportunities to suit every fishing enthusiast's interests. Its abundance of diverse fish species and conveniently located fishing spots along the Gulf Coast Capital make it an ideal destination for anglers. Discover local hotspots where you can cast your line and experience the thrill of reeling in your next great catch.
Corpus Christi is home to world-renowned fishing piers that offer anglers access to over-water fishing while providing safety and easy access to the shoreline. Head to North Padre Island and cast a line at Red Dot Pier and Cos Way Pier, two popular fishing spots that consistently draw enthusiastic anglers from all over the country. They are known for their spacious decks, family-friendly environment, lighting for nighttime fishing, and proximity to supply stores.
Cast your line for Redfish, Trout, and Tarpon at Red Dot Pier and Speckled Trout and Black Drum at Cos Way Pier. Other options include Indian Point Pier in Portland, where you’ll find updated pier railing, lighting, a fish cleaning station, and more or the newly renovated Cole Park Pier with great lighting, ample fishing space, and stunning views.
Anglers who prefer standing in shallow water while casting their lines should opt for wade fishing, and Corpus Christi has some great locations for this type of immersive, hands-on fishing. With wade fishing, anglers connect closely with their surroundings and enjoy a more personal experience. Oso Bay Bridge is a popular spot for wade fishing, and you can find various fish species there. During the winter, cold fronts can quickly drop the temperature, causing large amounts of fish to pass through this narrow channel into the Corpus Christi Bay.
The area along the Portland shoreline can be good for Trout in the late spring and summer and Indian Point is a popular area for year-round Trout catches and for Redfish in the summer and early fall. Since you are without the protection of a boat, watch out for holes, drop-offs, soft bottoms, oyster shells and stingrays
Fly fishing is a popular, yet unique and exciting experience in our local bays, which are some of the most productive fisheries along the Gulf Coast. Anything that swims can be caught on a fly rod, so choosing inshore locations like shallow grass flats or wetlands are great options to maximize your experience. For a unique and exciting fly-fishing adventure, head to the Upper Laguna Madre and Nueces Bay.
The abundant stretches of easily accessible shoreline in Corpus Christi are great for this land-based fishing option. With over 70 miles of beach, and a thriving ecosystem teeming with a diverse array of marine life, Padre Island National Seashore is ideal for surf fishing. Shark, Redfish, and Trout are most targeted in the surf, while the backwaters of the Upper Laguna Madre offer excellent Trout, Redfish, Flounder, and Black Drum year-round. Please note that beyond the first four miles of beach, four-wheel-drive traction is recommended at Padre Island National Seashore.
Corpus Christi offers multiple convenient boat launch ramps, providing easy access to the city's stunning waterways, including the Gulf of Mexico and Corpus Christi Bay. There are private ramps, including Bluff’s Landing and Marker 37 that may require a fee, and public ramps, including Billings and Packery Channel. All ramps are suitable for multiple boat sizes and water adventures, and they range anywhere from two to multiple lanes.