Take kids fishing at Neighborhood Fishin' lakes and ponds

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Neighborhood Fishin' is fun and easy.

  • Kids Fish Free – Kids 16 and under fish for free (no license required)
  • Stocked Lakes – with fish big enough to catch and eat!
  • Close to home – 18 clean, well-lit sites in city and county parks near picnic tables and restrooms

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Where to Go

Grover Nelson Park Small Pond

2070 Zoo Ln. 79602
1.25 acres

 Directions to Grover Nelson Park Small Pond

Mike Homer
(325) 692-0921

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Medical Center South

1100 Wallace Blvd
7 acres

 Directions to Medical Center South

John Clayton
(806) 655-4341

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Bullfrog Pond

Travis County East Metro Park
18701 Blake Manor Rd.
1 acre

Fish for channel catfish and rainbow trout in two stocked ponds at Travis County East Metro Park, east of Austin in Manor.

 Directions to Bullfrog Pond


Kingfisher Lake

Travis County East Metro Park
18701 Blake Manor Rd.
2 acres

Fish for channel catfish and rainbow trout in two stocked ponds at Travis County East Metro Park, east of Austin in Manor.

 Directions to Kingfisher Lake


Austin Area Contact

Marcos De Jesus
(512) 353-0072

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Central Park Pond 1

1000 Krenek Tap Road
2 acres

Tackle Loaner: College Station Parks & Recreation
Tackle Loaner Contact: Curtis Bingham (979) 764-3411

 Directions to Central Park Pond 1

Mark Webb
(979) 272-1430

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Chisholm Park

2200 Norwood Dr. 76054
Hurst
3 acres

Tackle Loaner: Hurst Public Library, 901 Precinct Line Road
Tackle Loaner Contact: (817) 788-7300

 Directions to Chisholm Park


Greenbriar Park

5200 Hemphill St. 76115
Fort Worth
3 acres

 Directions to Greenbriar Park


Lakeside Park

515 Hill City Dr. 75116
Duncanville
3 acres

 Directions to Lakeside Park


City Lake Park

403 S Galloway Ave. 75149
Mesquite City
5 acres

 Directions to City Lake Park


South Lakes Park Pond

556 Hobson Ln. 76205
Denton
3.8 acres

 Directions to South Lakes Park Pond


Dallas-Fort Worth Area Contact

Rafe Brock
(817) 732-0761

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Community Park Lake

1700 Glenn Lakes Lane
Missouri City
3 acres

 Directions to Community Park Lake


Mary Jo Peckham Park

5597 Gardenia Lane
Katy
5 acres

 Directions to Mary Jo Peckham Park


Houston Area Contact

Mark Webb
(979) 272-1430

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Oakes Street Lake

396 S. Irving Street
4.2 acres

 Directions to Oakes Street Lake

John Ingle
(325) 651-5556

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Millers Pond

6075 Old Pearsall Road
6 acres

 Directions to Millers Pond


Southside Lions Park

3100 Hiawatha
7.5 acres

 Directions to Southside Lions Park


San Antonio Area Contact

Randy Myers
(210) 688-9460 or (210) 688-9516

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Woldert Park Pond

501 W. 32nd Street
1.5 acres

Tackle Loaner: Available at park for use on site.

 Directions to Woldert Park Pond

Richard Ott
(903) 566-2161

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Lake Buena Vista

2001 Madera Dr. 76705
0.68 acre

 Directions to Lake Buena Vista

John Provine
(254) 666-5190

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South Weeks Park

2005 Southwest Parkway
1 acre

Tackle Loaner: TPWD Inland Fisheries, 409 Chester

 Directions to South Weeks Park

John Provine

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What to Catch

Texas Parks and Wildlife stocks fish big enough to catch and keep except in August. Stocking takes place every two to four weeks during summer and winter seasons. There should be a good supply of fish whenever you find time to visit!

Channel Catfish

Catfish

Catfish prefer strong-smelling baits. Try using nightcrawlers, chicken livers, shrimp, stinkbait, or cut hot dogs.

When to Catch

Catfish are stocked in most lakes late April through early November. Fish are not stocked in August because of heat-related water quality problems.

See 2017 catfish stocking dates.

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout

Cheese, kernel corn, nightcrawlers, red wigglers, and meal worms make good trout baits. If you’d rather use a lure, try a small inline spinnerbait or a spoon.

When to Catch

Rainbow trout prefer cold water and they survive only during winter in most parts of Texas. Trout stocking begins in late November or early December and continues until March.

See last winter’s trout fishing locations.

Family fishing tackle gear

Gear and Licenses

Find a retailer to get a starter fishing kit for as low as $30, or borrow nearby gear for free.

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Kids under 17 fish free, and adult licenses start as low as $11 (one day, all-water).

Find a retailer to get a starter fishing kit for as low as $30.

Tackle Loaner Program - borrow nearby gear for free.

Learn to Fish

How to Fish

Learn to fish using easy videos or help teach fishing with these free, fun, hands-on trainings!

Learn to Fish using these easy videos with the basics.

Teach Fishing help teach fishing with these free, fun, hands-on trainings!

Warden teaching girl how to fish

Neighborhood Fishin' Regulations

Fishing Rules for gear limits and bag limits on these lakes.

The following regulations apply to Neighborhood Fishin' lakes. They are also available on a handy wallet card.

License Requirements

Gear Restrictions

  • Fish with pole and line only. This means a rod & reel, fly rod, or cane pole.
  • No more than two fishing poles per person.
  • Trotlines, jug lines, fish traps, seines, cast nets, bows and spears are not allowed in Neighborhood Fishin' lakes.

Bag Limits

  • 5 per day for channel and blue catfish; no minimum length limit
  • 5 per day for trout; no minimum length limit
  • Each person fishing is entitled to his own daily bag limit.
  • For bag and size limits on other species, see our summary of fishing regulations.

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