There are numerous locations
in upper Lavaca Bay that are great fishing destinations for kayakers - all
located within a couple of miles of the Six Mile Park in Calhoun County,
Texas. There are two ramps located at the Park, found at the end of Park
Road. Park Road is accessed from FM 1090 and about six miles from Hwy 35
and the FM1090 intersection in Port Lavaca. If coming from Victoria, take
a left onto FM 1090 about 2 miles past the town of Placedo. Just follow
the road until you come to Park Road - right before the Six Mile Assembly
of God Church.
Here's a little orientation to get things started quickly when you first
drive up to the 6 Mile Park. Looking to the left as
you drive in you'll notice the marsh to the left in the top picture. It
bends to form a cove that includes the place where Placedo Creek meets Lavaca
Bay. This is Placedo Cove and following it will bring your eyes to a large
bluff on the bay. - Keeran Point... Looking toward the Point the area to
the right and beyond is Garcitas Cove.
1. Six Mile Park & Boat Ramp - Here you'll find a pier, play ground, picnic tables and
two boat ramps. Kayaks are often launched to the left just as you drive
over the small creek at the entrance to the Park. The creek is often a good
spot to drop a castnet if you want bait.
2. Placedo Cove - Between the boat
ramp and Placedo Creek, lies a small marsh-lined half moon shaped cove.
The bottom is hard in most places and as a result, when the water is clear
it's a great spot for a quick nighttime flounder gigging trip - no boat
The marsh grass along the cove holds shrimp, holds baitfish and both
reds and flounder can often be found feeding along the grassy front or back
in the grass. Fish can be found from the very small sandy area to the left
as you drive in to the park, all the way to Placedo Creek. This is also
a good trip for anyone that wants to leave the boat at home and just cast
3. Placedo Creek - Following the
shoreline of the cove, one will come to Placedo Creek, about 500 yards in
a straight line from the ramp, but a little further by way of the shoreline.
The mouth of Placedo Creek is deep so be careful if you approach it on foot.
Either side of the creek is a good place to park and cast into the deeper
water's of the creek or toward the shallows of the cove or the flats toward
the bay on the east side of the creek. Trout will be most frequently caught
- Placedo Creek is a long cast wide in most
places and either side is productive as well as down the middle at times.
Generally, one fishes from the left or right bank and casts toward the
other. This is a good way to fish water of varying depths each cast. The
creek has an oyster reef on the right hand side about 200 yards into the
creek and other small reefs are scattered in the creek - some can be spotted
by tell-tale shell along the bank of the creek. Trout are usually the most
common gamefish caught in the creek but reds and flounder are caught as
4. Keeran Point and Flats - To the
east of Placedo Creek is a bluff that represents the end of high ground
that forms the western edge of Garcitas Creek (and beyond). There is a very
large flat that extends from the bluff well out into the bay. Schools of
reds are often encountered on the flat and they can be spotted tailing or
busting the water chasing bait. Birds will also follow reds as they feed
and they can be spotted hovering and diving low over the water. Don't be
surprised to see small numbers of birds following big schools of reds. Trout
will usually be found in deeper water and flounder in shallower. Great place
to have a gig and light after dark, especially in the spring. (Texas waters
will be closed to gigging in October and November beginning in 2009. )
Point - West Shoreline - Rounding the bluff at Keeran's, a grassy
shoreline extends toward the north that will eventually lead to Garcitas
Creek. Reds and flounder are often caught along this shoreline. Just a little
to the east of this shoreline is the old Garcitas Creek channel. This shoreline
is a great spot to locate reds or trout that are moving between the bay
and deeper water's of the creek or just following bait around the flats.
The channel is today very shallow compared to the old, that is until you
get near to where the creek starts to enter the cove. Shallow running flats
boats usually enter Garcitas Creek following this channel. Water depth is
never a problem for kayakers to maneuver this shoreline.
Creek Mouth - Boats often anchor at the point on the right entering
Garcitas Creek. Anglers can can cast into the deep creek for trout or throw
toward the flats for reds. The shoreline that extends to the right of the
mouth is grassy and reds are often found schooling along the shoreline.
This shoreline extends to a cut that connect the back area of the cove to
Garcitas Creek. More on this later.
7. Oyster Lake(s) After reaching
the mouth of Garcitas Creek, there will be two lakes (separated by about
300 hundreds yards of marsh that are located on the west side of the creek.
Both are connected by a narrow slough in the back of the marsh near the
high ground. Reds can often be found in either lake along with trout and
flounder. When tidal currents are flowing, bait will be moved through this
"back door" between the little lakes. Fish will often be found
positioned to take advantage of the smorgasbord being pushed along by the
The sides of Garcitas Creek drop off quickly and along the edge of the
flats and the creek create a transition zone for fish moving off the flats
to the cooler deeper channel in the warm months or coming out of the channel
to enter the flats for a little sun in winter.
- Gary Ralston
- Gulf Coast Fisherman