What is Little Bay?
Little Bay is a body of water located in Rockport Texas. It’s known for its great fishing, beautiful views, wildlife habitats, and boating opportunities. People visit this place to take in its scenery and relax by its shorelines.
The small bay is surrounded by Rockport Beach Park to the south, Key allegro Island to the east, and the Rockport Texas waterfront to the North. Little bay is one of Rockport’s most noted and beautiful features.
Great Fishing Spots
You’ll be surprised to find that Rockport’s Little Bay is a hidden fishing gem. The deep channels running through this area hold good populations of trout and redfish year-round, as well as seasonal flounder gigging in the sandy shelves during summer months.
Little Bay Research
|Little Bay Citizen Science ProjectThe Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve supports the involvement of citizen scientists in research. The City of Rockport’s committee for Water Quality Issues initially spearheaded an exciting new water quality monitoring project in Little Bay, Rockport, Texas. This project is designed to monitor spatial and temporal variations in salinity and turbidity, which are two of the factors known to impact seagrass growth and reproduction. Volunteers from Rockport and Port Aransas were provided training so they can collect consistent water quality data using various types of sampling equipment around Little Bay. Although the study is temporarily on hold, please share our progress so far: DATAWhy this project?|
Several years ago, concerned citizens from the City of Rockport approached Mission-Aransas NERR about concerns of water quality and seagrass in a small, shallow bay directly adjacent to the Reserve, called Little Bay. The bay is connected to Aransas Bay through two outlets to the north and east. Little Bay also serves as the primary recipient of stormwater drainage from the town of Rockport through Tule Creek and multiple stormwater outfalls as well as runoff from the adjacent subdivision, Key Allegro. The seagrass community in Little Bay is a monoculture of Haloudle wrightii. Historically the extent of seagrass beds in the bay has fluctuated, but the seagrass abundance remained dense. In the past 15 years, seagrass abundance has been steadily declining, especially in the last five, and is now extremely sparse. Numerous local communities concerned about the loss of seagrass partnered to commission Mission-Aransas NERR and the University of Texas Marine Science Institute to study the possible causes of this decline. A report was completed in 2010 assessing the reasons for this decline (Dunton and Wilson, 2010). The current commissioned study analyzes indicators of seagrass condition, including water quality. This project is generously supported by the City of Rockport, Aransas County, and Aransas County Navigation District.