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Carancahua Bayou

Galveston County, Texas.

Carancahua Bayou midpoint in Hitchcock, Texas.

Carancahua Bayou ends in Galveston, Texas.

8.82 miles long (14.20 kilometers)

54977.91 miles (88478.39 sq kilometers)

About The Carancahua Bayou

About Carancahua Bayou, TX 

The Carancahua Bayou is a stream found near Galveston. You will find it to the southeast of the Sarah White Oilfield and Brazoria county line. The stream currently flows six and a half miles through the nearby Carancahua Lake, and two miles northeast of the Brazoria county line. You'll find its mouth pointing towards West Bay. The stream also has three alternate names, these include Karankawa Bayou, Carankaway Bayou, and Caranchua Bayou. 

The bayou's name comes from the native ‘Karankawa’ Indians who first lived on the surrounding lands. They used the nearby bodies of water as fishing spots for their various expeditions. Their first recorded interaction with outsiders occurred when Texas Spanish Royal Governor, Martín de Alarcón, was spotted by two natives during his tour. Although they were initially frightened, the Spanish official soon returned with peace offerings to help improve relations. The Governor brought clothes and tobacco to share with the natives. To thank him for his generosity, they offered dried fish and directed him towards an old French fort to help him start a colony. 

The stream connects to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, a massive inland waterway that runs from Florida to Texas, at around 1,050 miles. It’s an impressive feat for something made during the early 19th century. 

 

Carancahua Bayou Fishing Description

All About Fishing in Carancahua Bayou, TX

 Due to the bayou's connection to both Carancahua Lake and the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway, a variety of fish species manage to find their way into the waters. Although not as large as its nearby counterparts, it still contains a sizable population of fish species for anglers. The most popular species found in the stream are spotted sea trout and red drum. Local anglers also reported catching silver sea trout, black drum, bluegill, and even largemouth bass during the summertime.

The surrounding shops can provide anglers with top-of-the-line fishing equipment that will both aid them in getting the best fish and protect them from the outside elements. Since one of the most prominent fish species in the area is the spotted sea trout, it’s best to imitate their primary food source, which is shrimp. It is recommended to bring some live shrimp as bait, or if that’s unavailable, soft plastic shrimp bait with a tail-jig function will do. 

Carancahua Bayou Seasonal & Other Description

Fishing Seasonality

 The Bayou is home to many warm-water species, and that is a good thing because it means there is a steady supply throughout the seasons. The early months of the year can be more chilly and windy. Begin your trip sometime during the summer. It's said that the most active fish in the bayou are the spotted sea trout and red drum, which are biting from June to September. 

The fishing time in the area is also flexible, ranging from 3-5 AM to 4-6 PM. Some reports say that fish were also spotted to be active from 11 AM to 12 noon. However, night fishing may not be recommended since the marshy areas of the bayou can be difficult to navigate and the fish are rarely active during this time.

Temperature and Optimal Seasons

Fishing Seasonality

 The Bayou is home to many warm-water species, and that is a good thing because it means there is a steady supply throughout the seasons. The early months of the year can be more chilly and windy. Begin your trip sometime during the summer. It's said that the most active fish in the bayou are the spotted sea trout and red drum, which are biting from June to September. 

The fishing time in the area is also flexible, ranging from 3-5 AM to 4-6 PM. Some reports say that fish were also spotted to be active from 11 AM to 12 noon. However, night fishing may not be recommended since the marshy areas of the bayou can be difficult to navigate and the fish are rarely active during this time.

Carancahua Bayou Fish Species

All About Fishing in Carancahua Bayou, TX

 Due to the bayou's connection to both Carancahua Lake and the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway, a variety of fish species manage to find their way into the waters. Although not as large as its nearby counterparts, it still contains a sizable population of fish species for anglers. The most popular species found in the stream are spotted sea trout and red drum. Local anglers also reported catching silver sea trout, black drum, bluegill, and even largemouth bass during the summertime.

The surrounding shops can provide anglers with top-of-the-line fishing equipment that will both aid them in getting the best fish and protect them from the outside elements. Since one of the most prominent fish species in the area is the spotted sea trout, it’s best to imitate their primary food source, which is shrimp. It is recommended to bring some live shrimp as bait, or if that’s unavailable, soft plastic shrimp bait with a tail-jig function will do. 

Largemouth Bass

Habitat: Lake, Pond, Rivers

Weight: 2 - 22 Pounds

Length: 15" - 32"

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" - "

Sea Trout

Habitat: Inshore, Nearshore, Covered River

Weight: 1 - 6 Pounds

Length: 20" - 55"