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Fishing in Coldspring

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World Record Alligator Gar

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Lake Sam Rayburn Legendary Fishing

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Fishing in Hemphill

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Marsh Flats On Toledo Bend

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Sam Rayburn Classic

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Fishing in Palestine
Fishing in Palestine
Fishing in Palestine
trip description for Garzilla Gar Fishing Near Palestine in Palestine

Prepare for some of the best freshwater fishing in Texas when you hop on board with Bubba! Bubba knows Texas’s freshwater fishing hotspots like the back of his hand and will take you to where the fish bite. On this 8-hour trip you'll be venturing into the Trinity River between Houston and Dallas to target the massive, prehistoric-looking Alligator Gar! These beasts are one of the most distinctive looking fish you can find, with a needle-like head that looks like an alligator's and the body of a fish. Expect to use a classic rod and reel with live bait, cut bait, or artificial lure to get these to bite. Bubba conducts these trips on his 23' SeaArk skiff boat that can take you through even the shallowest waters. She can accommodate up to 4 anglers, so bring some good company! Bubba provides rods, reels, tackle and bait. Make sure to bring a valid Texas Freshwater Fishing License, food and drinks of your choice, a hat, and sunscreen. Come enjoy this fishing adventure with Bubba! Read More

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Garzilla Gar Fishing Near Palestine

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Fishing in Alazan
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trip description for Fishing Lake Nacogdoches in Alazan

Hop on board with Scott for an exciting day of fishing on Lake Nacogdoches! On this 6-hour freshwater trip, you'll be targeting Blue Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass and White Bass. Largemouth Bass are the most popular game fish at Lake Nacogdoches due to their high numbers. Get ready to catch some big ones; Nacogdoches is known for producing trophy-sized bass and there's been 3 cases of bass over 13 pounds. You'll also see some Crappie and catfish, but numbers are relatively low so expect to target these species less. Whatever fish you're after, Scott is a friendly guide who will land you some big catches and help you hone in your techniques along the way. You’ll be fishing on Scott’s 25’ Skeeter center console, which is equipped with a GPS, fishfinder and live bait well. It can accommodate 6 anglers. Make sure you bring a valid Texas fishing license, food and drinks of your choice (no glass), a hat, sunscreen, and some good company! Scott will provide the rest. He will also clean any fish you catch for an additional charge. Read More

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Fishing Lake Nacogdoches

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Fishing in Onalaska
Fishing in Onalaska
Fishing in Onalaska
trip description for Lake Livingston Full Day in Onalaska

Hop on board with Scott for an exciting day of fishing on Lake Livingston! On this 6-hour freshwater trip, you'll be targeting Blue Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass and White Bass. The White Bass here are plentiful and grow to large sizes, so expect to land some good ones! You'll also probably lure in some Blue Catfish on Lake Livingston. Largemouth bass, striped bass, and crappie are less abundant here but you might still find yourself reeling one in. Whatever fish you're after, Scott is a friendly guide who will land you some big catches and help you hone in your techniques along the way. You’ll be fishing on Scott’s 25’ Skeeter center console, which is equipped with a GPS, fishfinder and live bait well. It can accommodate 6 anglers. Make sure you bring a valid Texas fishing license, food and drinks of your choice (no glass), a hat, sunscreen, and some good company! Scott will provide the rest. He will also clean any fish you catch for an additional charge. Read More

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Lake Livingston Full Day

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Fishing in Broaddus
Fishing in Broaddus
Fishing in Broaddus
trip description for 4 Hour Crappie Fishing Trip in Broaddus

We will be fishing brush piles marked throughout the southern part of Sam Rayburn and will have everything you need to fish. Bait and equipment provided. Bring a cooler for snacks and something to bring home your fish in. Read More

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4 Hour Crappie Fishing Trip

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Fishing in Zavalla
Fishing in Zavalla
Fishing in Zavalla
trip description for Lake Sam Rayburn Legendary Fishing in Zavalla

Come join Captain Lynn for a fun and enjoyable fishing trip on the legendary Lake Sam Rayburn! You'll be going after two Texas freshwater classics, Largemouth Bass and Crappie, on more than 114,000 acres of clear water, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. This lake, affectionately known as "Big Sam", is right in the heart of Texas' Piney Woods, a unique environment with ecosystems found nowhere else in the USA! "Big Sam" is the grandfather of Texas Bass fishing and is referred to by many professional anglers as arguably the best Bass and Crappie fishing in the nation. In 1998, more 13-pound Bass were caught on "Big Sam" than on any other lake in the state of Texas! When you're fishing out here with Captain Lynn, you'll be in for the trip of a lifetime. He's a seasoned expert with years of experience fishing this lake, and he has a record you can rely on! Whether you're a veteran angler or a first-time fisherman, you'll be in good hands. Get out there and have a blast! Read More

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Fishing in Coldspring
Fishing in Coldspring
Fishing in Coldspring
trip description for World Record Alligator Gar in Coldspring

When you hop on board with Kirk, you're sure to have one of the best Gar fishing experiences around! Starting in Coldspring, on this 8-hour excursion you'll be targeting massive Alligator Gar with a rod-and-reel approach. Alligator Gar are one of the most distinctive looking fish you can find, with an alligator-like head and a fish-like body. Kirk is a true pioneer of Gar fishing, holding the record for the largest ever rod-and-reel caught Gar at 365 lbs! He's sure to help you haul in some of these massive beasts. Expect to use a classic rod and reel to lure these in. Kirk conducts these trips on his 18' Weldbilt skiff boat that can take you through even the shallowest waters. She can accommodate up to 4 anglers, so bring some good company! Rods, reels, tackle and bait will be provided. Make sure to bring a valid Texas Freshwater Fishing License, food and drinks of your choice, a hat, and sunscreen. Come land some massive fish with Kirk! Read More

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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Etoile

What are the best fishing trips in Etoile?

Why should I book a fishing trip in Etoile with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 6 trips in Etoile, and the most popular trips in the area are Full-Day on Toledo Bend guided by Scott and Sam Rayburn Classic guided by Scott.

Our guides in Etoile are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 3246 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly guides / fishing lessons in Etoile? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in Etoile.

What types of fishing trips are common in Etoile?

Lake fishing is the most popular type of fishing in Etoile as well as river fishing, inshore fishing, and flats fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Etoile are: 1. crappie, 2. largemouth bass, 3. white bass, 4. blue catfish, and 5. alligator gar.

The most common fishing techniques in Etoile are light tackle fishing, bottom fishing, and heavy tackle fishing but artificial lure fishing and trolling are popular as well.

How much does an Etoile fishing trip cost?

Prices in Etoile can range anywhere from about $400 to $1,500, but the average price for a half day trip in Etoile is $600. The average price for a full day trip in Etoile is $1,569.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for fishing in Etoile?

The most popular season for fishing in Etoile is spring, and most anglers book their trips 29 days in advance.

Do I need a Etoile fishing license and what are the bag limits in Etoile?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Etoile, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Etoile. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Etoile.

What is fishing in Etoile?

In Etoile, Texas, fishing holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike, thanks to the abundance of fishing opportunities in the area. Situated near the shores of Lake Sam Rayburn, one of the largest reservoirs in Texas, Etoile offers anglers a paradise for freshwater fishing. Lake Sam Rayburn is renowned for its excellent bass fishing, attracting anglers from far and wide in pursuit of trophy-sized largemouth bass, as well as other popular species like crappie, catfish, and sunfish. Whether casting lines from the shoreline, launching a boat from one of the many ramps, or hiring a guide for an unforgettable fishing excursion, there's no shortage of ways to enjoy the waters of Lake Sam Rayburn in Etoile.

Beyond Lake Sam Rayburn, Etoile also offers access to numerous creeks, rivers, and streams that provide additional fishing opportunities for anglers seeking a more secluded and serene experience. These waterways are home to a variety of fish species, including bass, catfish, and perch, making them ideal destinations for anglers looking to explore new fishing grounds and escape the crowds. Whether fly fishing in the shallows of a tranquil creek or casting lines in the quiet backwaters of a winding river, anglers in Etoile can enjoy the peaceful beauty of nature while pursuing their passion for angling.

Etoile's proximity to the Angelina National Forest adds another dimension to the fishing experience, offering anglers the chance to combine their love of fishing with outdoor adventure. Within the forest's boundaries, anglers can explore hidden lakes, creeks, and ponds that are teeming with fish and surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Whether camping overnight in the forest and fishing at dawn or spending the day hiking and fishing along the forest's trails, there are endless opportunities for anglers to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature and enjoy the tranquility of fishing in Etoile, Texas.

What are the most popular months to fish in Etoile?

Fishing seasons in Etoile, Texas, are influenced by the region's climate, water conditions, and the behavior of various fish species. Spring marks the beginning of prime fishing season, as warming temperatures trigger increased activity among fish populations in Lake Sam Rayburn and surrounding waterways. This time of year sees the return of spawning bass, making it an ideal time for anglers to target trophy-sized largemouth bass. Additionally, crappie and catfish become more active as they move into shallower waters to spawn, providing anglers with ample opportunities to reel in a variety of catches.

As summer arrives, fishing in Etoile remains productive, with anglers continuing to enjoy success on the waters of Lake Sam Rayburn. While the intense heat may drive fish to seek cooler, deeper waters during the hottest parts of the day, early mornings and evenings often provide optimal fishing conditions. Anglers can target bass, crappie, and catfish using a variety of techniques, from topwater lures and crankbaits to live bait and jigging techniques. Summer also offers opportunities for night fishing, as many species become more active after sunset, providing anglers with a unique angling experience under the stars.

As fall approaches, fishing in Etoile enters a transitional period characterized by changing water temperatures and the onset of cooler weather. This time of year can be particularly rewarding for anglers, as fish become more active in preparation for the winter months. Bass fishing remains excellent, with fish feeding voraciously in anticipation of the colder temperatures ahead. Crappie and catfish also provide plenty of action for anglers willing to brave the chillier waters. With the changing seasons comes a new set of fishing challenges and opportunities, ensuring that anglers in Etoile have something to look forward to year-round.

What types of fishing are popular in Etoile?

In Etoile, Texas, anglers have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of fishing experiences, thanks to the diverse range of waterways in the area. One popular method of fishing is freshwater angling in Lake Sam Rayburn, the crown jewel of Etoile's fishing scene. As one of the largest reservoirs in Texas, Lake Sam Rayburn offers anglers the chance to pursue a wide array of fish species, including largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, and sunfish. Whether fishing from the shore, trolling the open waters, or targeting submerged structures, anglers can employ various techniques to reel in their catches amidst the scenic beauty of Lake Sam Rayburn.

Fly fishing is another favored method of angling in Etoile, particularly in the region's smaller creeks and streams. Fly fishermen and women can wade into the shallows or cast from the banks, using lightweight flies to mimic the natural movements of insects and baitfish. This method of fishing requires skill and finesse, as anglers must carefully present their flies to wary fish in order to elicit strikes. With its tranquil surroundings and abundant fish populations, fly fishing in Etoile's creeks and streams offers a peaceful and rewarding angling experience for enthusiasts of all skill levels.

For those seeking a taste of saltwater adventure, Etoile's proximity to the Gulf Coast provides access to world-class saltwater fishing opportunities. Anglers can venture to nearby coastal towns like Galveston or Port Arthur, where they can target prized game fish such as redfish, speckled trout, and flounder. Whether fishing from the shore, pier, or chartering a boat for an offshore excursion, anglers can experience the thrill of battling powerful saltwater species against the backdrop of the Gulf's stunning vistas. With its diverse range of fishing options, Etoile offers something for every angler to enjoy.

What species are popular in Etoile?

In Etoile, Texas, anglers have the opportunity to target a variety of fish species that inhabit the local waters. One of the most prized catches for anglers in Etoile is the largemouth bass, which thrives in the waters of Lake Sam Rayburn. This reservoir is renowned for producing trophy-sized bass, making it a favorite destination for bass fishing enthusiasts. Anglers can employ a range of techniques, from casting topwater lures to flipping jigs around submerged structures, to entice these elusive predators and land a memorable catch.

In addition to bass, Etoile offers opportunities to reel in other popular freshwater species, such as crappie and catfish. Crappie are abundant in Lake Sam Rayburn and provide plenty of action for anglers, particularly during the spring spawning season when they gather in shallow waters. Anglers targeting crappie often use live minnows or artificial jigs to attract bites. Meanwhile, catfish can be found in abundance throughout the lake, with channels, blues, and flatheads being the primary species sought after by anglers. Whether fishing from the shore or drifting along the lake in a boat, anglers can enjoy consistent action targeting these bottom-dwelling fish.

For those seeking saltwater fishing adventures, Etoile's proximity to the Gulf Coast opens up opportunities to target prized game fish such as redfish, speckled trout, and flounder. Anglers can venture to nearby coastal towns like Galveston or Port Arthur, where they can fish from piers, jetties, or charter boats to explore offshore reefs and oil platforms. Whether casting from the shore or trolling in deeper waters, anglers can experience the thrill of battling powerful saltwater species against the backdrop of the Gulf's scenic beauty. With its diverse range of fishing opportunities, Etoile offers something for every angler to enjoy.

What are the best places to fish in Etoile?

In Etoile, Texas, anglers are blessed with numerous excellent fishing spots, but none is more renowned than Lake Sam Rayburn. As one of the largest reservoirs in Texas, Lake Sam Rayburn offers anglers unparalleled opportunities to reel in trophy-sized bass, crappie, catfish, and more. With its expansive waters and abundant fish populations, anglers can explore various fishing techniques, from casting along the shoreline to trolling the open waters. The lake's scenic beauty, combined with the thrill of landing a prized catch, makes it a favorite destination for anglers of all skill levels.

For those seeking a more secluded and serene fishing experience, Etoile is surrounded by smaller creeks and streams that offer excellent angling opportunities. These waterways are home to a variety of fish species, including bass, sunfish, and catfish, providing anglers with plenty of action amidst tranquil surroundings. Whether wading into the shallows or casting from the banks, anglers can enjoy the peace and solitude of fishing in these hidden gems away from the crowds.

Additionally, anglers in Etoile can take advantage of the town's proximity to the Gulf Coast, which provides access to world-class saltwater fishing opportunities. Coastal towns like Galveston and Port Arthur offer anglers the chance to target prized game fish such as redfish, speckled trout, and flounder. Whether fishing from the shore, pier, or chartering a boat for an offshore excursion, anglers can experience the thrill of battling powerful saltwater species against the backdrop of the Gulf's stunning vistas. With its diverse range of fishing options, Etoile truly offers something for every angler to enjoy.

Other things to do in Etoile

While fishing may be a primary attraction in Etoile, Texas, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy for visitors seeking diverse experiences. Nature enthusiasts can explore the scenic beauty of the surrounding area by hiking through the nearby Angelina National Forest. With its miles of trails winding through towering pine trees, visitors can immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature while spotting wildlife and enjoying the fresh air. Picnic areas scattered throughout the forest provide the perfect setting for a leisurely outdoor meal with family and friends.

History buffs will appreciate the opportunity to delve into the region's rich cultural heritage by visiting historical sites and museums in and around Etoile. The Sabine County Historical Museum offers insights into the area's past through exhibits showcasing artifacts, photographs, and documents dating back to the early days of settlement. Visitors can also explore nearby historic landmarks such as the Old Lobanillo Masonic Lodge, which dates back to the mid-1800s and provides a glimpse into the region's pioneer history. Guided tours and special events offer engaging ways to learn about the area's fascinating history and heritage.

For those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, Etoile offers opportunities to unwind amidst the natural beauty of its surroundings. Visitors can enjoy birdwatching, photography, or simply taking in the serene views of Lake Sam Rayburn from scenic overlooks or lakeside parks. Additionally, the town's proximity to the Gulf Coast provides easy access to sandy beaches and coastal communities, where visitors can enjoy activities such as swimming, sunbathing, and exploring quaint shops and seafood restaurants. Whether it's exploring nature, delving into history, or simply enjoying some downtime by the water, Etoile offers a variety of activities to suit every interest and preference.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    We got one allegator gar. Thank you!

    Naoki H. with Kirk K. of Coldspring, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Everyone I interacted with was very supportive and helpful. I absolutely had no trouble whatsoever and it was a pleasure using Captain Experiences

    Sam B. with Bubba B. of Palestine, Texas

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