Lake Fork – Rating 8.75
Lake Fork is 27,690 surface acres and it is located in Wood and Rains County of northeast Texas. With 315 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of water to fish. Lake Fork has gained the reputation of being one of the best, if not the best bass lake in the country. There are so many huge bass caught here every year that many of the fishing guides consider 5 pound bass “dinks.” Of the top 20 State Record Largemouth Bass of Texas, the majority of them were caught from Lake Fork. Fishing is also excellent for crappie and catfish, however, most anglers do not even think about fishing for these species. This lake is a remarkable lake, but you may need a fishing guide to get you started. It is a big lake with tons of wood that sits above the surface, but learning the underwater structure is key to landing some of the monster bass that live here.
Corpus Christi Area, TX (Aransas Pass, Port Aransas & Rockport) – Rating 9.5
The Corpus Christi area is a popular tourist destination. Whether you come and stay in Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass or Rockport, there are plenty of places that can accommodate you and plenty to do in this area. Visitors will find miles of beaches and plenty of activities such as fishing, boating, wind sports and more. The Corpus Christi Bay offers some excellent fishing for redfish and trout and there are numerous fishing charters available in the area.
Galveston, TX – Rating 9.5
Galveston is a good-sized city that is located along the Gulf Coast region of Texas. The city is a tourist destination with many places to stay from hotels to motels to vacation rentals. There are plenty of tourist attractions to go along with many outdoor activities such as fishing, boating and other water sports. With water surrounding Galveston, fishermen can find plenty of water to target redfish, trout, red snapper, shark, tarpon and many other types of saltwater fish.
Port Arthur, TX – Rating 9.5
Port Arthur is known as a great destination for getting outdoors. This city has tons of water as Lake Sabine and the Gulf of Mexico coast connect to the city. There area also has some great beaches, some nice places to eat, numerous lodging options and some great fishing opportunities in freshwater and saltwater. Redfish and sea trout are targeted most by anglers, but there are several other species of fish that you can target in the nearby waters of Port Arthur.
South Padre Island – Rating 9.5
South Padre Island is a resort community in the very southern part of Texas. It is a very popular vacation destination and spring break destination for college students. There are many resort hotels and condos to go along with plenty of restaurants, shopping, recreation and entertainment. Fishing and boating is very popular in the area with many inshore and offshore fishing charters, marinas, boat rentals and even a fishing pier.
Matagorda Bay, TX – Rating 9.25
Matagorda is a small unincorporated community in Matagorda County, Texas. This area is popular for fishing and beach activities. Matagorda Bay and East Matagorda Bay offer many fishing opportunities. Many of the fishing charters target redfish, trout and flounder.
Port Mansfield, TX – Rating 8.5
Port Mansfield is located on the shores of the Laguna Madre near the southern tip of Texas. This area is still unknown to most people, but the area features some excellent fishing and an abundance of wildlife. There are plenty of fishing charters available to help you catch a variety of fish inshore and offshore. Most anglers fish the inshore waters for redfish and trout in the Port Mansfield area.
Seadrift, TX – Rating 8.5
Seadrift is a small, quiet town that is hidden in the Gulf Bend of Texas. With the proud distinction as being the only city on the San Antonio Bay, Seadrift is an excellent place to do some saltwater fishing for redfish and trout.