Fishing tips on Galveston Pier to help you change things

Andy Whitcomb

There are many great freshwater and saltwater fishing spots in Texas. When deciding where to fish for saltwater species, keep in mind that access to deeper water can be a problem, especially if you don’t have a boat or are only there for a few days of vacation. A pier that extends a long distance into the ocean and then forms a long T-shape for many avid anglers can be a handy fishing option, and fishing on Galveston Pier can be a lot of fun.

Fishing at Galveston Pier reaches depths beyond the reach of shore casting, especially when the sea is rough and cold. By using this sturdy, secure platform, there may be a lower chance that people who are prone to motion sickness will get seasick. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department even lists the Galveston Fishing Pier as one of several wheelchair-accessible fishing locations along Galveston Bay. Another benefit of fishing a pier is that the support rods act as a fish attracting structure.

Traditional saltwater systems work well here, and Galveston fishing lures are readily available in several locations. Shrimp, crab, octopus or mullet can allure species such as redfish, sharks, sea trout, sheep’s heads and black drums. The 61st Street Fishing Pier even has an online streaming pier camera that you can use to check the ocean conditions and maybe even watch a happy fishing reel in a fish. Entrance to Galveston Piers is very reasonable given the instant convenient access and the possible amount of roller shouting fun possible. Both bait and rented rods can be purchased at this pier which are fully rigged to catch “whatever is out there”.

Anytime you fish at any of these great Galveston fishing spots, be sure to familiarize yourself with all of the Texas state’s fishing regulations. For example, anglers fishing at a Galveston fishing pier are limited to 2 fishing rods per angler. A fishing license is required for every angler over the age of 17, which can be purchased as fresh water, salt water or “full water”. Everything is good.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and in the US state of Michigan.