Everything You Need to Know About Sabine Lake, Texas Fishing

Sabine Lake Overview

Straddling the state line between Texas and Louisiana lies the 90,000-acre saltwater estuary Sabine Lake. The lake is about seven miles wide and 14 miles long running from the Sabine River down to the Gulf of Mexico. Port Arthur covers the Texas West shore with the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge to the East in Louisiana.

The natural effects of the river pumping in freshwater while saltwater mixes in from the gulf create a rich environment for many inshore fish species to thrive. With smaller crowds of anglers targeting this lake compared to other prominent bays, these fish are not pressured which creates markedly better fishing opportunities.

Fishing Sabine Lake

This is the perfect lake to catch popular gamefish including redfish, speckled trout, black drum, and flounder. Sabine Lake has a variety of environments to explore with productive fishing near marshes, bayous, jetties, and the oyster shell reef. Using natural bait or artificial lures is a perfect approach for any of the species in this lake, and as is typical of inshore species living in an estuary, these fish grow into monsters with the lake record redfish measuring over 43 inches long - be prepared to hook up big and often.

Nearshore Fishing from Sabine Lake

Heading out from Sabine Lake you can fish nearshore waters by trolling for cobia, tripletail, and mackerel. Oil and gas platforms offer great structure for these fish to patrol in search of food which makes them the perfect spot to fish. Trolling in this area is usually done at slow speeds and consists of natural and artificial lures spread out across several rods. With an abundance of hard-fighting fish only a short boat ride away from Sabine Lake, this is an ideal fishing spot.

Tides and Weather for Sabine Lake

Check out Sabine Lake tide times and charts here, and weather forecast here.

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