River Fishing in Texas

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Texas has 191,000 miles of rivers and streams. These waters and their associated riparian ecosystems support a rich variety of plants and wildlife. They offer fine fishing and breathtaking scenery. Finding public access to rivers can be a challenge, however. Here are some places to look:

Texas Paddling Trails

Since the Texas Paddling Trails Program began in 1998, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has partnered with local communities to expand public access in river basins around the state. More than 60 public paddling trails offer well-mapped day trips in a variety of settings.

River Access and Conservation Areas

In 2012, TPWD initiated a leased access program that offers river access across private property. 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 landowners 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

Guadalupe River

Seasonal trout fishing leases, River Road area downstream from Canyon Lake

Llano River

Lower Nueces River - near Corpus Christi

Neches River - upstream from Lake Palestine

San Marcos River

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

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