We are entering prime time flounder fishing for 2017. The cold front that passed through likely will be the “shot in the arm” needed to get this year’s migration well under way.

This time of year anglers are asking where to go for the best odds of catching a saddle blanket, as the large females are commonly called.

The Galveston area has a number of spots that produce flounder of all sizes when the big run gets underway. While a boat is needed at many of the locations, several offer excellent opportunities for wade fishermen.

Let’s start with the Galveston Channel area, which, in my opinion, is one of the best places to find flounder. All along both sides of the channel from the Pelican Island Bridge to the bend at the end of the Coast Guard Station, flounder can be found.

Wade fishermen find Seawolf Park to be a good spot to walk the shoreline. The park itself is a popular spot for catching the flatfish. Waders also can be found around the area just south of the Galveston Ferry Landing.

The wall at the Galveston Yacht Basin is often a hot spot during the run. Anglers without boats can fish the wall by paying an entrance fee.

Students at Texas A&M Galveston harvest a lot of flounder from the shores along their campus.

One of my favorite places is on the other side of the Channel near the Bolivar Ferry Landing. It is accessible by boat and land and is often referred to as the Bolivar Barge Grave Yard. Lots of rebar and rusty metal debris can be found in the water, so extra caution is needed while fishing by boat or wading.

Mentioned above are just a few of the good flounder fishing areas and those primarily focus on the Galveston Channel area. We will discuss other places to find migrating flounder in Monday’s Report.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to reel.report@galvnews.com or call 409-683-5273.

(1) comment

Gary Miller

Having fished Galveston bay since 1941 I found the best fishing for the biggest flounder started each fall at the outlets of swamp drains all around the bay. Later in the migration locations in Capt's article are better.

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