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Let's Go Fishin

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.

There are plenty of fishing opportunities in Texas and you don’t need a fishing license to fish in Texas State Parks and Wildlife Management Areas. Here are some great fishing places.

For more places, visit Nature Rocks Texas or the Where to Fish webpage on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

White River Reservoir: Located in Crosby County in the Texas Panhandle, White River Reservoir is a tributary of the Brazos River and an excellent place to fish! The reservoir offers excellent opportunities to catch Large Mouth Bass and Channel Catfish, many over eight pounds. A fishing license is required for anyone twelve and over.

Lake Tawakoni State Park: Lake Tawakoni is located fifty miles east of Dallas and is 37,879-acre reservoir perfect for fishing. You may fish from the shore, boat, or the kid fish pond. A fishing license is not required and Lake Tawakoni State Park offers loaner gear at headquarters.

Dennis Johnston Park: Spring, Texas, just north of Houston, offers multiple community fishing lakes, one of which is Dennis Johnston Park. Fishing is allowed along the banks of Spring Creek. Although early spring offers greater chances of catching white bass, catfish can be successfully caught year round. A fishing license is required to fish here.

Southside Lions Park: Southside Lions Park is part of Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Neighborhood Fishin’ Program. This program allows for restocking of channel catfish every two weeks in the summer making it an excellent place to try your hand at fishing. A fishing license is required to fish here.

Caddo Lake State Park: Karnack,Texas is where you can find Caddo Lake State Park filled with bald cypress trees draped with Spanish moss and also a lot of good fishing. It’s here where you can find a 26,810-acre Caddo Lake stocked with more than 70 different types of fish. This is the only non-man made lake in the state! A fishing license is not required and equipment can be borrowed for use in the state park.

Lake Corpus Christi: At 18,256 acres, Lake Corpus Christi has plenty of opportunities to make that big catch. A mere 20 miles northwest of Corpus Christi, the lake offers excellent chances to catch anything from Large mouth Bass to Catfish. A fishing license is required to fish here.

Padre Island National Seashore: (https://www.nps.gov/pais/planyourvisit/fishing.htm) Fishing at Padre Island has been a regular activity since before the park become a National Seashore. There are many opportunities to fish running all along the Gulf of Mexico, including Laguna Madre, Yarborough Pass, and Bird Island Basin. A fishing license with a salt water stamp is required to fish here.

Lake Casa Blanca: As part of the Lake Casa Blanca International State Park, Lake Casa Blanca offers abundant opportunities to fish. The lake is 1680 acres and offers fishing from the pier or boat side. The lake has large quantities of Catfish and Hybrid Striped Bass, offering excellent chances to catch one. A fishing license is not required within the state park and loaner gear is offered for use within the state park.

Lady Bird Lake: Located in downtown Austin, this is a great place to fish while still enjoying the perks of the city. The lake is 468 acres and offers excellent opportunities for catching Large Mouth Bass. Is fishing not your thing? Explore the hike and bike trail that follows the lake. A fishing license is required to fish here.

South Llano River State Park: As part of the Tackle Loaner Program, South Llano River State Park offers loaner fishing equipment for up to seven days of fishing. Enjoy the lake for swimming, tubing, and making that big catch! A fishing license is not required to fish in the state park.

Want more events and activities? June 3, 2017 is Free Fishing Day! You don’t need a fishing license to fish on this day. Or participate in the CCA summer fishing tournament (http://www.startournament.org/about-star/prizes/) from May 27 to September 4, 2017.

Just getting started with fishing? Attend a Go Fish! Event at your local state park! Or watch some fishing tutorial videos (http://tpwd.texas.gov/education/angler-education/learn-to-fish) on Texas Parks and Wildlife.