Lower Laguna Madre Bay Fishing info about the catch

Laguna Madre is home to more finfish than anywhere else on the Texas coast, with such species as blue catfish, hardhead catfish, Atlantic croaker, black drum, red drum, southern flounder, alligator gar, houndfish, crevalle jack, southern kingfish, ladyfish, Atlantic midshipman, mojarras, striped mullet, pinfish, ...


Fishing South Padre Island, Port Isabel Laguna Madre Bay 

South Padre Island Texas vacation fish and types of fishing on the island.  South Padre Island, Port Isabel and The Rio Grande Valley is located in the semi-tropical region of the Gulf of Mexico.  

Our location is popular amongst sports fish typically found off the Texas coast as well as tropical fish that can not be found anywhere along the Texas coast.

Variety of Fishing in The Lower Laguna Madre Bay, between South Padre Island and Port Isabel, TX. 
Bay fishing the Laguna Madre, the only hypersaline coastal lagoon in North America, is usually the first choice for fishing the island. Skipper Ray or Island Outfitters  fishing guides for fishing the Laguna Madre this is usually the first choice of visiting fishermen.

The Gulf of Mexico has a wide assortment of fishing tactics for catching much more than just a few species of fish. Skipper Ray's Island Outfitters can get you on the fish. Common Fish Species Found in the Laguna Madre Bay:

Red Drum
Black Drum
Speckled Trout
Snook
Sand Trout
Sheepshead

 

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Recreational anglers must have a Texas fishing license and saltwater endorsement to possess in state water any fish taken in federal waters  (see Fishing in Federal Waters) or possess fish on a vessel in the tidal waters of Texas. 


Senior Resident Fishing Packages
Senior Resident Fishing Packages are available to any Texas resident who is at least 65 years of age and was born on or after January 1, 1931. The packages include a senior resident fishing license and either a freshwater endorsement, a saltwater endorsement with a red drum tag, or both, depending on the package selected.

Special Resident All-Water Fishing License
Special Resident All-Water Fishing License is available to any Texas resident who is legally blind. Endorsements are not required for this license. One red drum tag shall be available at no additional charge.

 

Resident License Package Fees
Freshwater Package:$30Saltwater Package:$35All-Water Package:$40Senior Freshwater Package:$12Senior Saltwater Package:$17Senior All-Water Package:$22Special Resident All-Water License (for legally blind):$7Year-from-Purchase All-Water Package:$47One-Day All-Water License:$11
Please note that if you own any valid freshwater fishing package, you will be able to purchase a saltwater endorsement, and conversely, if you own any valid saltwater fishing package you will be able to purchase a freshwater endorsement.

 


Non-resident Licenses
Required of all non-residents who fish in the public waters of Texas. Licenses/Packages are not required if you are a:

non-resident under 17 years of age;
Louisiana resident 65 years of age or older who possesses a valid Louisiana Recreational Fishing License (includes Senior Fish/Hunt License); or
Oklahoma resident 65 years of age or older.
Non-resident License Packages
A variety of fishing packages are offered from which the public may select based on the type of fishing (freshwater, saltwater or both) and duration of license desired.

 

One-Day All-Water Fishing License
One-Day All-Water Fishing License includes resident or non-resident fishing license valid for the selected day or days purchased. Endorsements are not required for this license. Consecutive days may be bought at the time of purchase. One red drum tag shall be available at no additional charge with the purchase of the first one-day license only.

Non-resident License Package Fees
Freshwater Package:$58Saltwater Package:$63All-Water Package:$68One-Day All-Water License:$16
Please note that if you own any valid freshwater fishing package, you will be able to purchase a saltwater endorsement, and conversely, if you own any valid saltwater fishing package you will be able to purchase a freshwater endorsement.

Disabled Veteran Super Combo Hunting and All-Water Fishing Package
(Type 502)
:FREE
Available to a resident or non-resident qualifying as a disabled veteran. Disabled veteran means a veteran with a service-connected disability, as defined by the Veterans Administration, consisting of the loss of the use of a foot or leg or a disability rating of 50% or more, and who is receiving compensation from the U.S. for the disability. Official proof of disability (issued by the V.A.) must be shown when applying for this license and must state the rate of disability. Includes all five state endorsements (archery, freshwater fishing, migratory game bird, saltwater fishing with a red drum tag, and upland game bird). The Federal Duck Stamp is not included.


Endorsements & Tags
Freshwater Fishing Endorsement
Type 256:$5
This endorsement is required in addition to a valid fishing license if you take or attempt to take fish in the public freshwaters of
Texas. If you are not required to hold a fishing license, or if you hold a lifetime combination or lifetime fishing license, this endorsement is not required. A freshwater fishing endorsement is included in freshwater and all-water fishing packages.

Saltwater Fishing Endorsement
Type 211:$10
This endorsement is required in addition to a valid fishing license if you take or attempt to take fish in the public salt water of Texas. If you are not required to hold a fishing license, or if you hold a lifetime combination or lifetime fishing license, this endorsement is not required. A red drum tag shall be issued at no additional charge with each saltwater fishing endorsement. A saltwater fishing endorsement is included in saltwater and all-water fishing packages.

Red Drum Tag
Persons who want to obtain a red drum tag and are EXEMPT from fishing license requirements may purchase an Exempt Angler Red Drum Tag for $3.

This tag is required for an individual to take one red drum per license year over the maximum length limit of 28 inches, and is included free with the purchase of a saltwater fishing endorsement or any package that includes the saltwater fishing endorsement. See tagging information.

Bonus Red Drum Tag
Type 599:$3
This tag is required for an individual to take an additional red drum per license year over the maximum length limit of 28 inches. Bonus tag can be purchased at any license sales location upon presenting a valid fishing license or other valid personal identification. Only one bonus tag allowed per person per year.

Saltwater Trotline Tag
Type 307:$5
Requiredforeach 300 feet, or fraction thereof, on all non-commercial trotlines and sail lines placed in the coastal waters of Texas. Available at TPWD Coastal Law Enforcement offices.

 

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