Corpus Christi is a fishing paradise for many reasons – proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, the recently dredged Packery Channel, and the deep Intracoastal Canal to name a few. If you forgot to bring your boat with you to Corpus Christi, don’t worry! Bring your gear to one of these top four places to fish without a boat!
Why: There are several reasons to enjoy fishing in a State Park, but for the traveling fisher, the most important is that you don’t have to purchase a fishing license to fish from the shore. All you have to do is show up, check in, and get to fishing. OK, there are a couple more steps, but you get the idea!
Cost: Entry to the park is $5 per person (children 12 and under are free).
When: Sunday – Thursday 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., Friday – Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Why: Located directly on the Humble Channel, Red Dot Pier offers a great fishing experience for beginners and experienced anglers alike. Not only does Red Dot provide a well-lit pier for night fishing, but it offers bait, snacks, and pole rentals as well.
Cost: $2.00 Pier Pass
When: You can fish at any time at Cole Park Pier, however, Cole Park Plaza and Park are open 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Why: Corpus Christi's newly renovated pier is an impressive facility boasting plenty of shading, lighting, picnic seating, stainless steel areas with running water to clean your catch, and built-in seating for fisherman and rod holders. You could easily spend an entire day here with the pier, park, skate park, and trails!
Why: This is another pier that's undergone major improvements! Visitors are welcomed with LED lighting for night fishing, new benches, fish washing stations, and new floorboards and guardrails.