River Fishing in Texas

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 21 river segments. 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. Seven new fishing areas will open to the public through this program in 2012-2013, and TPWD expects to expand the program in the future. Information on these new 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.

Leased Fishing Access Areas

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.

Guadalupe River - River Road area downstream from Canyon Lake

Public access leases are in effect for the winter trout fishing season.

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

Map and list of public bank fishing areas on the Trinity River and its tributaries

State Parks with River Fishing Access

Texas Paddling Trails

More than two dozen public paddling trails offer well-mapped day trips in a variety of settings.

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