Early Summer on Texas’ Lower Laguna Madre

 

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Boat Stopper en route to the Lower Laguna Madre, a unique hypersaline lagoon that offers excellent sight fishing for redfish and trophy trout at the Southern tip of Texas. Fifty-Five miles long by six miles wide, almost the entire Lower Laguna Madre is less than 3 feet deep and is uniquely clear compared to the rest of the Texas Gulf Coast. Three most suitable ports of entry are South Padre Island, Arroyo City, and Port Mansfield. The rest of the Laguna is bordered by the massive King Ranch, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, and Padre Island National Seashore. As a fishery, the Lower Laguna Madre has two distinct areas, east and west sides. West side bays are covered in black mangroves, shoal and turtle grass meadows. Running through the middle is the intracoastal waterway. East side flats are hard packed sand flats. Similar to Mosquito Lagoon, we experience a tide delay that is directly related to distance from one of two gulf passes and is also greatly influenced by the wind.

 

 

Slicked out mornings are a welcome sight once spring winds start letting up
Slicked out mornings are a welcome sight once spring winds start letting up

 

Texas' Lower Laguna Madre is split between an east and west side. East side flats are composed primarily of sand which make for some fantastic wading for redfish and very large speckled trout

Texas’ Lower Laguna Madre is split between an east and west side. East side flats are composed primarily of sand which make for some fantastic wading for redfish and very large speckled trout. Perfect for wading barefoot, tough on props.

 

When clouds and wind cooperate, fish can be spotted several fly lines away. When cruising as pictured above, they appear more like pink bonefish than redfish.

When clouds and wind cooperate, fish can be spotted several fly lines away. When cruising, as pictured above, they appear more like pink bonefish than redfish.

 

Slicked out afternoon somewhere on the Laguna... don't blink

Slicked out afternoon somewhere on the Laguna

 

 

Quality west side fish caught by Chuck from California

Quality west side fish caught by Chuck from California. West side flats are covered in seagrass meadows and flanked by mangrove shorelines.

 

 

Jay from Colorado with a nice fish from a black mangrove lined shoreline

Jay from Colorado with a nice fish from a west side shoreline

 

 

Oversized redfish on an obnoxious popper

Oversized redfish on an obnoxious popper

 

Speckled trout caught out of a pod of tailing redfish

Surprise trout that was mixed in with a pod of redfish

 

Very large speckled trout are a common sight laid up in grassy potholes in super shallow water. Extremely camoflauged, these fish are the most challenging species commonly found on the Laguna. This specimen was spotted only because about 1/4 inch of her tail was sticking out of the water.

Very large speckled trout are a common sight laid up in grassy potholes in super shallow water. Extremely camouflaged on a grassy bottom, these fish are the most challenging species commonly found in the Laguna. Here is Carlton with his personal best trout, second on the fly this day. This fish’s mistake was that she left half of her tail sticking out of the water while laid up along a west side shoreline.

 

 

Another  very large trout caught and released.

 

 

 

-Capt Ben Paschal

www.Lagunamadreoutfitters.com

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