River Fishing in Texas
To prevent the spread of zebra mussels, the law requires draining of water from boats and onboard receptacles when leaving or approaching public fresh waters. Get details.
Alligator gar fishing is temporarily closed in the Trinity River between Trinidad and State Highway 7.
Recent surveys conducted by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have shown a threefold increase over the past 10 years in the number of Texans that canoe and kayak, often using our rivers and streams. Interest in river fishing is also on the rise, and good river fishing spots can be found throughout the state.
Getting to the River
Since the Texas Paddling Trails Program began in 1998, TPWD has partnered with local communities to expand public access in river basins around the state. However, access to many of our state's 191,000 miles of rivers and streams is still limited. In 2012, TPWD initiated a new leased access program designed to build partnerships that offer river access across private property. Information on these leased fishing access areas is highlighted below, along with information on public river access available through Texas Paddling Trails and at State Parks and other public lands.
With funding from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program, TPWD has signed temporary agreements with property owners to improve fishing access to rivers and streams. Visit the links below for directions, details and any limitations on the use of individual sites.
Brazos River - downstream from Lake Whitney
Colorado River - downstream from Lady Bird Lake
Neches River - upstream from Lake Palestine
River Fishing in Dallas-Fort Worth
- Colorado Bend
- Devil's River State Natural Area
- Dinosaur Valley (Paluxy River)
- Garner (Frio River, especially in cool weather)
- Goliad (San Antonio River)
- Guadalupe River
- Lyndon B. Johnson (Pedernales River)
- Lost Maples State Natural Area (Sabinal River)
- McKinney Falls (Onion Creek)
- Mother Neff (Leon River)
- Palmetto (San Marcos River)
- Pedernales Falls
- South Llano River
- Stephen F. Austin (Brazos River)
- Village Creek
Texas Paddling Trails
More than 60 public paddling trails offer well-mapped day trips in a variety of settings.