Leased Fishing Access
Brazos River downstream from Lake Whitney
Brazos River Nature Center (North)
Located on the east bank of the Brazos River in northern McLennan County near the town of Gholson, approximately 6 miles downstream of the FM 2114 bridge crossing. See map.
Lease period: January 1, 2013 through October 31, 2016
Phone: (254) 290-0029
This 120-acre property offers 2,051 feet of river frontage for bank fishing and serves as a day-use and camping area for canoe and kayak anglers that launch upstream. There is no road access to this area; paddlers can reach it only from the river. The leased area is marked with signs along the bank. Potable water, portable restrooms, picnic tables, and primitive camping are located on a bluff approximately 100 feet above the river's edge, accessed via a steep trail.
Free public parking is available by reservation at Dick's Canoes, 6 miles upstream on the west bank at the FM 2114 bridge crossing. Call (254) 622-8364 for more information. Canoes and kayaks can be launched from Dick's for a small fee, or launched free of charge at the bridge within the access easement of the transportation corridor. Dick's Canoes and the FM 2114 bridge are approximately 8 miles downstream of Riverside Park, a public access area maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers just below the Lake Whitney Dam.
Brazos River Nature Center (South), 5 miles downstream, is the next take-out location for canoe and kayak anglers.
Special Conditions on Public Use
A daily per-person access fee will be charged. Hiking and camping are restricted to designated areas. No fires are permitted, other than the use of gas cook stoves. Advance reservations and advance fee payments are required, and must be made through the Brazos River Nature Center. Contact the center for a fee schedule and additional information.
Fishing opportunities abound in this segment of the Brazos River for largemouth, spotted, and smallmouth bass. TPWD stocked smallmouth bass in 2008, 2009, and 2011. Natural reproduction was documented in 2012, and reports of sizable smallmouths are on the rise. Channel catfish were stocked in 2007 and should be plentiful in the deep pools. The white bass run in February and March can be quite good, and the occasional striped bass will surprise an angler. Jigs and small spinners are very effective when concentrations of fish are located.
Anglers are encouraged to practice moderation in harvesting sportfish in this stretch of river, especially smallmouth bass. Environmental events such as drought and golden alga blooms can have long-term effects on fish populations. Overharvest during or after these events is a real concern.
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.