About The Fishing

Lower Laguna Madre Fishery on the Gulf Coast of South Texas

The Lower Laguna Madre is one of the finest spots to fly fish for red fish (red drum), black drum, speckled trout, flounder, tarpon, snook, sheepshead, and ladyfish.

Fishing the Lower Laguna Madre

The Lower Laguna Madre (LLM) is a vast ecosystem protected by a barrier island. Much of the water is only up to two feet deep. The LLM is home to many species of fish including red fish, speckled trout, flounder, snook, sheepshead, black drum, lady fish, Jack Crevalle, and tarpon, with more options offshore. Most of my time is spent hunting redfish which often we find tailing, cruising, and slithering around with their backs out of the water ready to jump on a well presented fly. Late morning with a high sun, fish become easy to see swimming in the clear water, and the challenge is to get the fly or lure in front of them before they see you.
  • Largest continuous shallow-water estuary in North America
  • Over three hundred square miles of clear water ranging from less than a foot to three feet in depth
  • The Lower Laguna Madre stretches from South Bay near South Padre Island, North past Arroyo City, and up to the Land Cut roughly 25 miles North of Port Mansfield.
  • Only true subtropical fishery in the U.S. outside of Florida
  • Covers 609 square miles of estuarine and coastal marine systems, with much of the western margin being part of the 50,000 acre Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
  • Largest hypersaline lagoon system in the United States
  • Bordered by approximately 20,000 acres of Padre Island National Seashore on the east, and the King Ranch and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge on the west
  • Nearby refuge provides important habitat for the endangered ocelot and several hundred species of birds
  • Abundant wildlife