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Bastrop Bayou

Brazoria County, Texas.

Bastrop Bayou midpoint in Clute, Texas.

Bastrop Bayou ends in Danbury, Texas.

27.09 miles long (43.60 kilometers)

1772838.42 miles (2853107.75 sq kilometers)

About The Bastrop Bayou

About Bastrop Bayou, TX

Bastrop Bayou is a stream located 10.8 miles from Oyster Creek, Brazoria County. Bastrop channel begins near the Missouri Pacific Railroad which is about two miles southwest of Angleton in central Brazoria County. From there, it runs 322 miles south, then northeast through Cox Lake, the Gulf of Intercoastal Canal, and Bastrop Bay before finally reaching its mouth on Christmas Bay in east-central Brazoria County.  

In the past, Bastrop served as a vital transportation artery in Brazoria County. It served as a site for sailboats and small, shallow-draft steamboats to transport goods as far as upstream as Landing Bayou. This continued on until railroads were built, which offered faster, cheaper transportation and access. Today, Bastrop Bayou is known to be a place almost entirely for water sports and activities.  

The 26-mile stream and its tributaries are currently not on the State of Texas list of impaired water bodies, landowners, governments and local businesses coalition proactively created a protection plan that would address localized contamination issues, public health incidences, and projected impairments. 

Bastrop Bayou Fishing Description

All About Fishing in Bastrop Bayou, TX

Bastrop Bayou is a scenic coastal waterway fringed by extensive freshwater wetland habitat. It is intermittent in its upper reaches. The Bayou’s upstream crosses a rolling terrain mostly surfaced by sandy loam that supports post oaks and grasses. Its downstream traverses brackish saltwater marshland. It is surfaced by mud and sand that support rushes and grasses. This provides a valuable habitat for endangered and threatened shorebirds. It also serves as a home to waterfowls, grassland species, and different birds of prey. Geese, sandhill cranes, sedge, wrens, grasshopper sparrows, white-tailed kites, and white-tailed hawks. In addition, the bayou’s richness in marine and southern naiad, pondweed species, hydrilla, and coontail made it a suitable environment for different fish species. These species include largemouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, sunfish, red drum, black drum, spotted seatrout, and crappies.

For anglers looking for redfish, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead, and flounder, Bank fishing at Bastrop Bayou is excellent. Bank fishing or fishing from a small boat is the most convenient and easiest way to fish in Bastrop. This is because of the 200-foot pier with a boat ramp conveniently located across the bayou, just under the bridge. In addition, fishing in small boats also allows anglers to navigate the shallow waters in the Bayou, allowing them to explore and catch different species of fish. So, if anglers are looking for Largemouth bass, they might want to put their baits near rocks, brush, and points. For crappies, it is suggested that they position their baits on minnows in timber and brush piles as it is where this species is mostly found. 

Take note that fish activities are affected by the phase of the moon, sunrise, sunset, and more. So, if you are planning to visit Bastrop for your next angling location, it is advisable that you research first and check on the species of fish active on the day of your visit.

Bastrop Bayou Seasonal & Other Description

Fishing Seasonality

Bastrop Bayou is one of the places where fishing can be done year-round. This is especially for Largemouth bass anglers. However, this species of fish is most productive between the months of February to June. It is recommended that anglers use a lipless crankbait, blue, red, or orange in color when fishing in Bastrop during Spring. This bait allows anglers to cover weedy flats. Also, using a Carolina-rigged centipede, also known as french fry or lizard, would be an effective artificial bait to catch bass during spring. Placing this rig near submerged vegetation on points along the dam would be best. 

On cloudy days, it is recommended that anglers use topwater baits like chuggers, prop and buzz baits and place them in shallow water or over vegetation. On the other hand, during summers, it is recommended that anglers use heavy rubber-haired jigs at ¾ to 1 0z with crawfish trailers. This bait is effective especially in areas with matted vegetation. In addition, during the summer, months of June to September, schooling bass activities are excellent. 

Meanwhile, Channel and Blue catfish are also present in Bastrop the whole year-round. To be able to catch these species, it is recommended to use stink bait or a cut bait.

Temperature and Optimal Seasons

Fishing Seasonality

Bastrop Bayou is one of the places where fishing can be done year-round. This is especially for Largemouth bass anglers. However, this species of fish is most productive between the months of February to June. It is recommended that anglers use a lipless crankbait, blue, red, or orange in color when fishing in Bastrop during Spring. This bait allows anglers to cover weedy flats. Also, using a Carolina-rigged centipede, also known as french fry or lizard, would be an effective artificial bait to catch bass during spring. Placing this rig near submerged vegetation on points along the dam would be best. 

On cloudy days, it is recommended that anglers use topwater baits like chuggers, prop and buzz baits and place them in shallow water or over vegetation. On the other hand, during summers, it is recommended that anglers use heavy rubber-haired jigs at ¾ to 1 0z with crawfish trailers. This bait is effective especially in areas with matted vegetation. In addition, during the summer, months of June to September, schooling bass activities are excellent. 

Meanwhile, Channel and Blue catfish are also present in Bastrop the whole year-round. To be able to catch these species, it is recommended to use stink bait or a cut bait.

Bastrop Bayou Weather Forecast

Fri

89°F

Clouds

Highs

89

Feels 97

Winds

5mph

Humidity

62

05:10

06:43

Bastrop Bayou Fish Species

All About Fishing in Bastrop Bayou, TX

Bastrop Bayou is a scenic coastal waterway fringed by extensive freshwater wetland habitat. It is intermittent in its upper reaches. The Bayou’s upstream crosses a rolling terrain mostly surfaced by sandy loam that supports post oaks and grasses. Its downstream traverses brackish saltwater marshland. It is surfaced by mud and sand that support rushes and grasses. This provides a valuable habitat for endangered and threatened shorebirds. It also serves as a home to waterfowls, grassland species, and different birds of prey. Geese, sandhill cranes, sedge, wrens, grasshopper sparrows, white-tailed kites, and white-tailed hawks. In addition, the bayou’s richness in marine and southern naiad, pondweed species, hydrilla, and coontail made it a suitable environment for different fish species. These species include largemouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, sunfish, red drum, black drum, spotted seatrout, and crappies.

For anglers looking for redfish, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead, and flounder, Bank fishing at Bastrop Bayou is excellent. Bank fishing or fishing from a small boat is the most convenient and easiest way to fish in Bastrop. This is because of the 200-foot pier with a boat ramp conveniently located across the bayou, just under the bridge. In addition, fishing in small boats also allows anglers to navigate the shallow waters in the Bayou, allowing them to explore and catch different species of fish. So, if anglers are looking for Largemouth bass, they might want to put their baits near rocks, brush, and points. For crappies, it is suggested that they position their baits on minnows in timber and brush piles as it is where this species is mostly found. 

Take note that fish activities are affected by the phase of the moon, sunrise, sunset, and more. So, if you are planning to visit Bastrop for your next angling location, it is advisable that you research first and check on the species of fish active on the day of your visit.

Channel Catfish

Habitat: Rivers, Tidal Mouths, Bends, Wrecks

Weight: 2 - 4 Pounds

Length: 15" - 25"

Redfish

Habitat: Onshore, Flats, Backcountry, Nearshore

Weight: 10 - 45 Pounds

Length: 30" - 61"

Black Drum

Habitat: Brackish Waters, Onshore

Weight: 15 - 90 Pounds

Length: 0" - "

Blue Catfish

Habitat: River, Lake, Flats, Backcountry

Weight: 20 - 81 Pounds

Length: 25" - 46"