Fishing in a Texas State Park or local Neighborhood Fishin’ lake stocked with fish is fun, affordable and a great way for family and friends to be together in nature. Texas has miles of coastlines for saltwater fishing and hundreds of lakes, rivers and streams for freshwater fishing that can be enjoyed year-round.
Where to Fish
· Texas State Parks: over 70 parks offer fresh or saltwater fishing from shore, pier or boat. Everyone fishes for free (no licenses are required) and many state parks parks offer tackle-loaner programs and special fishing classes and events.
· Local Neighborhood Fishin’ lakes: selected lakes in urban areas are stocked with fish every two weeks—channel catfish in the summer and rainbow trout in the winter. Find out locations for these lakes at:
There are tons of community parks that also have great fishing - find one close to home at Nature Rocks Texas.
Beginner Fishing Programs
Want to take your kids fishing, but don't know where to start? Some selected state parks have the following programs:
· Go Fish: Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Equipment and bait are provided or you can bring your own. Check the Go Fish calendar for upcoming events in your area.
· Tackle Loaner Program: 30 state parks loan fishing equipment-- just like a library loans books. Individuals can borrow rods, reels and tackle for up to 7 days of fishing.
How to Support Healthy Fish Populations
Everyone plays an important role in maintaining healthy quantities of fish and fish habitats. When you purchase a fishing license , you are supporting fishery management, hatcheries, conservation and education. By learning to identify fish and respecting fishing regulations you can help protect fish populations, ensuring that they will continue to be available now and in the future for all who want to go fishing.
What to bring:
· Fishing pole/rod, bait, tackle
· Food and beverage, ice chest
· Weather-appropriate clothing, hat
· Sunscreen, bug repellent
· Fishing license (for outside of Texas State Parks)