Fishing in a Texas State Park or local Neighborhood Fishin’ lake stocked with fish is fun, affordable and a good way for family and friends to spend time together outside. Plus, there’s a good chance your fish will be keepers and end up on your dinner table.
Where to Go Fishing
- Texas State Parks: Over 70 parks offer fresh or saltwater fishing from shore, pier or boat. You don't need a fishing license to fish from pier or shore in a state park! Many parks offer tackle loaner programs and special fishing classes and events. For help catching a fish, check out our state park Fishing Tip Sheets.
- Local Neighborhood Fishin’ sites: Selected lakes in urban areas are stocked with fish every two weeks. Kids under 17 fish for free, while adults will need a fishing license. Lakes are in Amarillo, Austin, Bryan-College Station, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Angelo, San Antonio, Tyler, Waco, and Wichita Falls.
- Artificial Reefs: Sixty-six artificial reef sites along the coast of Texas attract large saltwater fish and nearly 200 marine fish species. Seven near-shore reefs are within nine nautical miles of the coast and are accessible to more experienced anglers with offshore boats.
- Texas Lake Finder
Beginner Fishing Programs
Want to go fishing, but don't know where to start? Here’s how:
- Go Fish: Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Equipment and bait are provided or bring your own. Check the Go Fish calendar for upcoming events.
- Tackle Loaner Program: Many state parks loan fishing equipment - just like a library loans books. Individuals can borrow rods, reels and tackle for up to seven days of fishing. Find a loaner site near you.
Support Healthy Fish Populations
Everyone plays an important role in maintaining healthy quantities of fish and fish habitats. When you purchase a fishing license or fishing equipment, you are supporting fishery management, hatcheries, conservation and education.
By learning to identify fish and respecting fishing regulations you can help protect fish populations. This ensures that they will continue to be available now and in the future.