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trip description for Alligator Gar Fishing Near Houston in Huntsville

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 near Huntsville 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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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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Hop on board with Scott for an exciting day of fishing on Sam Rayburn Reservoir! On this 4-hour freshwater trip, you'll be targeting Blue Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass and White Bass. The most popular game fish on Sam Rayburn is Largemouth Bass, so expect to find one on the end of your line! Crappie and Catfish also have excellent year-round populations in this reservoir. Less common here is the White Bass, but come during the spring time and you might just reel 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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Welcome to Livingston, Texas—the perfect destination for an unforgettable fishing adventure with Captain Jeff! Get ready to catch some big, bad Flathead catfish, on board his top-of-the-line 24' Ranger bass boat. Captain Jeff has years of experience fishing Lake Livingston, and he knows the best holes and fishing spots to find the big ones. To attract bites, you'll be fishing classic Catfish baits, made according to Captain Jeff's secret recipe! Being out on the lake on a sunny day is great, but the real thrill comes when you feel that tug on your line! You'll need to bring your A-game to fight these fish, which are known for their characteristic "death roll" when they're hooked. Get ready to feel the adrenaline rush as you battle it out with this feisty fish! With Captain Jeff by your side, you'll have the guidance you need to reel it in successfully. So what are you waiting for? Book your fishing trip with Captain Jeff in Livingston, Texas today, and get ready for an adventure you'll never forget! Read More

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trip description for Bull Red and Shark Fishing 5 Hours in Galveston

This trip is focusing on catching bull reds, and sharks when they are in close to the beachfront. We will use both live and dead bait to attract and hopefully catch the big boys of the bay. As always, all rods, tackle, bait and fish cleaning is included. Do we fish if it’s raining or windy? Safety is a priority. If there are severe storms in the area or if the wind is out of control, I’ll suggest we delay or try to reschedule the trip. There’s no sense in going out and being uncomfortable, and I will never put us in danger. But if it’s just a little rain, let’s go – the fish are already wet! Read More

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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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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Zavalla

What are the best fishing trips in Zavalla?

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

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 4 trip in Zavalla: Lake Sam Rayburn Legendary Fishing guided by Lynn.

Our guides in Zavalla are rated a 4 out of 5 based on 3244 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 Zavalla? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in Zavalla.

What types of fishing trips are common in Zavalla?

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

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

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

How much does a Zavalla fishing trip cost?

Prices in Zavalla can range anywhere from about $400 to $955, but the average price for a half day trip in Zavalla is $606. The average price for a full day trip in Zavalla is $850.

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 Zavalla?

The most popular season for fishing in Zavalla is spring, and most anglers book their trips 24 days in advance.

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

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

What is fishing in Zavalla?

Fishing in Zavalla, Texas, offers anglers a quintessential Texas fishing experience amidst the serene beauty of East Texas. Situated near the renowned Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Zavalla is a haven for fishing enthusiasts seeking to reel in trophy-sized catches. Sam Rayburn Reservoir, one of the largest lakes in Texas, is teeming with a diverse range of freshwater fish species, including largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, and sunfish. Anglers can enjoy casting their lines from the shore, fishing piers, or aboard boats, taking advantage of the lake's expansive waters and abundant fishing opportunities.

One of the highlights of fishing in Zavalla is the chance to participate in competitive fishing tournaments held throughout the year on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. These tournaments attract anglers from across the country, vying for cash prizes and bragging rights as they compete against fellow fishing enthusiasts. Whether you're a seasoned tournament angler or a novice looking to test your skills, these events offer a thrilling opportunity to showcase your fishing prowess while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow anglers.

In addition to Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Zavalla and its surrounding areas boast numerous other fishing spots, including creeks, rivers, and ponds, where anglers can enjoy a more secluded and tranquil fishing experience. These smaller bodies of water offer opportunities to catch a variety of freshwater species, making them ideal for anglers looking to escape the crowds and immerse themselves in nature. With its abundance of fishing opportunities and scenic beauty, Zavalla, Texas, is a destination that promises unforgettable fishing adventures for anglers of all ages and skill levels.

What are the most popular months to fish in Zavalla?

Understanding the fishing seasons in Zavalla, Texas, is essential for planning a successful angling excursion in this picturesque region. Like many other areas in Texas, Zavalla experiences distinct fishing seasons throughout the year, each offering its own unique opportunities. Spring marks the beginning of prime fishing season in Zavalla, as temperatures rise and fish become more active. This time of year is particularly favorable for targeting largemouth bass, crappie, and sunfish, as they move into shallow waters to spawn. Anglers can enjoy productive days on the water, casting their lines near submerged vegetation and structure where fish congregate.

Summer brings with it some of the hottest fishing action in Zavalla, as fish become more aggressive in response to warmer water temperatures. Largemouth bass, in particular, are highly active during the summer months, making it an ideal time for bass fishing enthusiasts to hone their skills. Additionally, catfish are plentiful in Zavalla's lakes and rivers during the summer, providing anglers with ample opportunities to reel in these bottom-dwelling favorites. Whether fishing from the shore or aboard a boat, summer offers plenty of action and the chance to catch a variety of freshwater species in Zavalla.

Fall ushers in cooler temperatures and changing foliage, signaling the transition to another productive fishing season in Zavalla. As water temperatures begin to drop, fish become more active, making them easier to locate and catch. Fall is prime time for targeting trophy-sized largemouth bass, as they feed voraciously in preparation for the upcoming winter months. Crappie fishing also heats up in the fall, with these tasty panfish moving into shallower waters in search of food. With its mild climate and abundant fishing opportunities, fall offers anglers in Zavalla the chance to enjoy some of the best fishing of the year before winter sets in.

What types of fishing are popular in Zavalla?


In Zavalla, Texas, anglers have a variety of fishing options to explore, each offering its own unique experience. One popular type of fishing in this picturesque region is bass fishing, particularly for largemouth bass. Zavalla is located near the renowned Sam Rayburn Reservoir, known for its excellent bass fishing opportunities. Anglers can target largemouth bass using a variety of techniques, including casting artificial lures, flipping and pitching around submerged vegetation, and trolling along the lake's expansive waters. With its abundance of bass and scenic beauty, bass fishing in Zavalla promises exciting action and the chance to reel in trophy-sized catches.

Another popular type of fishing in Zavalla is crappie fishing. Crappie are plentiful in the lakes and rivers surrounding Zavalla, providing anglers with ample opportunities to catch these delicious panfish. During the spring spawning season, crappie move into shallow waters to spawn, making them easier to locate and catch. Anglers can target crappie using a variety of baits and techniques, including fishing with live minnows or artificial jigs around submerged structure and brush piles. With their tasty flesh and abundance in Zavalla's waters, crappie fishing is a favorite among local anglers and visitors alike.

Additionally, Zavalla offers excellent opportunities for catfish fishing. Catfish are abundant in the lakes and rivers of East Texas, providing anglers with plenty of action and the chance to reel in some hefty catches. Anglers can target catfish using a variety of baits, including cut bait, chicken liver, and stinkbait, fishing along the bottom of lakes and rivers where catfish feed. Whether fishing from the shore, a boat, or a kayak, catfish fishing in Zavalla promises excitement and the opportunity to catch some of the biggest and tastiest fish in the region.

What species are popular in Zavalla?

In Zavalla, Texas, anglers have the opportunity to catch a variety of prized freshwater species that inhabit the region's lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. One of the most sought-after catches in Zavalla is the largemouth bass. Known for their aggressive strikes and fighting prowess, largemouth bass are abundant in the nearby Sam Rayburn Reservoir and other bodies of water in the area. Anglers can target these prized gamefish using a variety of techniques, including casting artificial lures, flipping and pitching around submerged structure, and trolling along the lake's expansive waters. With its reputation as a top bass fishing destination, Zavalla offers anglers the chance to reel in trophy-sized largemouth bass year-round.

Another popular species to catch in Zavalla is the crappie. These delicious panfish are plentiful in the lakes and rivers surrounding the area, providing anglers with ample opportunities to fill their creels. Crappie can be found in shallow waters during the spring spawning season, making them easier to locate and catch. Anglers can target crappie using live minnows or artificial jigs, fishing around submerged structure and brush piles where crappie congregate. With their tasty flesh and abundance in Zavalla's waters, crappie fishing is a favorite pastime among local anglers and visitors alike.

Additionally, Zavalla offers excellent opportunities for catfish fishing. Catfish are abundant in the region's lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, providing anglers with plenty of action and the chance to reel in some hefty catches. Anglers can target catfish using a variety of baits, including cut bait, chicken liver, and stinkbait, fishing along the bottom of lakes and rivers where catfish feed. Whether fishing from the shore, a boat, or a kayak, catfish fishing in Zavalla promises excitement and the opportunity to catch some of the biggest and tastiest fish in the region.

What are the best places to fish in Zavalla?

Zavalla, Texas, nestled in the heart of the Piney Woods region, boasts some of the finest fishing spots in the Lone Star State. One such gem is beautiful Lake Sam Rayburn, a sprawling reservoir renowned for its abundant bass population. Anglers flock to its serene waters year-round, drawn by the promise of landing trophy-sized largemouth bass. Whether casting from the shore or navigating the lake's vast expanse by boat, enthusiasts of all skill levels can indulge in the thrill of the catch amid the tranquil surroundings of this angler's paradise.

For those seeking a more secluded fishing experience, the Angelina River offers a serene alternative. Flowing gently through the lush East Texas landscape, this scenic waterway teems with various freshwater species, including catfish, crappie, and sunfish. Anglers can immerse themselves in the tranquil beauty of nature as they try their luck along the riverbanks or embark on a leisurely float trip downstream. With its idyllic setting and abundant wildlife, the Angelina River provides a peaceful retreat for anglers seeking solace amidst the rhythms of the great outdoors.

In addition to its natural wonders, Zavalla boasts several well-equipped fishing parks and resorts, catering to both casual anglers and seasoned pros alike. Facilities such as Jackson Hill Park and Marina offer convenient amenities such as boat ramps, fishing piers, and tackle shops, ensuring that visitors have everything they need for a successful fishing excursion. Whether seeking adventure on the open water or a leisurely day of bank fishing, Zavalla, Texas, offers a wealth of opportunities for anglers to cast their lines and reel in memories that will last a lifetime.

Other things to do in Zavalla

Beyond its renowned fishing opportunities, Zavalla, Texas, presents visitors with a variety of activities to enjoy amidst its scenic surroundings. Nature enthusiasts can explore the vast wilderness of the nearby Angelina National Forest, where miles of hiking trails wind through dense pine forests and alongside picturesque creeks. Birdwatchers will delight in the chance to spot a diverse array of avian species, from elusive woodpeckers to majestic bald eagles, amidst the forest's rich ecosystem.

For history buffs, a visit to the Zavalla Heritage Park offers insight into the area's rich cultural heritage. The park features a collection of historic buildings and exhibits that showcase the pioneering spirit of early settlers in East Texas. Visitors can wander through restored log cabins, a vintage schoolhouse, and other artifacts that offer a glimpse into life in rural Texas during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Guided tours provide fascinating commentary on the region's history and the challenges faced by its resilient inhabitants.

For those seeking relaxation and recreation, Zavalla provides ample opportunities for outdoor leisure. Picnic areas and campgrounds nestled within the Angelina National Forest offer idyllic settings for a family outing or a weekend getaway. Visitors can enjoy activities such as boating, swimming, and wildlife viewing at nearby recreational areas like Lake Sam Rayburn or the Angelina River. Whether immersing oneself in nature's tranquility or delving into the area's rich history, Zavalla offers a wealth of experiences for travelers seeking to explore the charms of East Texas beyond its renowned fishing spots.

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