Oyster Creek

Brazoria County, Texas.

Oyster Creek midpoint in Rosharon, Texas.

Oyster Creek ends in Freeport, Texas.

135.46 miles long (218.00 kilometers)

1355457.30 miles (2181397.75 sq kilometers)

About The Oyster Creek

Oyster Creek is a River located in Brazoria County, TX. Starting in Richmond, TX the Oyster Creek flows 89 miles through Rosharon, TX before ending in Freeport, TX. Find maps, fishing guides, weather and recreation information at Guidesly.

 

About Oyster Creek, TX

Parts of Oyster Creek are fragmented, mainly in the upper portions because of channels built and used by the Gulf Coast Water Authority as a water conveyance system. Upper Oyster Creek connects to Brazos River southwest of Houston and trickles on a short runoff of about 1 mile (1.6km) southeast of Steep Bank Creek. At this point, it reaches the Intracoastal Waterway adjacent to Surfside Beach. 

Consisting primarily of prairie grass and conifers, the area around Oyster Creek is mostly flat with portions of surface clay but has fertile soil for farming. Oyster shells are abundant along the creek’s banks, and during the 1950s, they were mined by the truckloads and were used to construct roads and buttons for clothing. 

Karankawa Indians were the original inhabitants surrounding the area until European settlers gradually drove them out. The fertile soil along the creek interested several of Stephen F. Austin's 300 Families - wealthy settlers of British descent who were granted land under the first colonial contract in the Mexican-Texas area. They initially turned the area into cotton and sugarcane plantations but was eventually bought out by the state and converted into farms that prisoners would cultivate.

Oyster Creek Fishing Description

All About Fishing in Oyster Creek, TX

If you’re lucky, you’ll find largemouth bass, channel catfish, yellow catfish, flathead catfish, red drum, and black drum in Oyster Creek. You might have a better chance of spotting alligators and turtles when kayaking down the channels because the creek is known more like a waterway to reach nearby fishing spots as opposed to being an angling hotspot. Oyster Creek’s turbid waters are often overshadowed by the Brazos River and the clearer waters of the lakes that are in the surrounding areas. Moreover, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico are just a short drive away. Additionally, the local fishermen often shy away from the creek amidst concerns about the runoffs from plantations and chemical plants nearby. While there are strict regulations to ensure the water is treated before it reaches the creek, the inside joke amongst local anglers is that you might catch a “three-eyed fish” in its waters.

If you decide to give Oyster Creek a chance, using trotlines anchored on either side of the banks to catch catfish or largemouth bass is common. Near Sugarland, there is a railroad bridge near a sugar refinery where these fish often pass through. Since kayaking is a popular pastime in Oyster Creek, it’s also one of the best ways to navigate the waters. Using a jon boat is popular as well, and anglers often go jug lining down the stretches of the creek. For some quiet laid back angling, you can set up by Thomas L. James Park - a 500acre (202ha) park lined with benches along the banks with many structures that provide shade. 

Oyster Creek Seasonal & Other Description

Fishing Seasonality

Texas can reach scorching temperatures during the summer, which can provide excessive stress for cold-blooded fish and cause them to seek cooler waters. The best times to throw your line into the creek and surrounding areas would be during the spring and autumn. Spring in Texas usually begins in March and lasts until the later parts of June where you might catch some largemouth bass.  Autumn, on the other hand, is from September to December. 

Catfish and redrum are available all year round, but the cooler months are still the optimal time to go angling around Oyster Creek.