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Spring is on the way and the water is calling.

Ladies fishing from dock

Free fishing in Texas
 State Parks

Fish from pier or shore - no license required at over 70 state parks.

Public Notice

TPW Commission Meeting

March 24-25, 2021

Alternatives to doing business in person with TPWD.

Some Law Enforcement and Austin HQ offices are closed to customers for licenses and boat registration. Please consider the following online and mail-in options.

Online Boat Registration
Renew registration, obtain replacement documents and more online.
See available online boat registration options
Mail-in Boat Requests
Mail ownership transfer transaction requests to your nearest TPWD Law Enforcement Office:
Contact TPWD Boat Section
(800) 262-8755
Boat.Reg@tpwd.texas.gov
Fishing & Hunting Licenses
Online purchase of licenses, stamps, tags & packages.
Buy fishing & hunting licenses
Outdoor Annual
Summary of Hunting, Fishing and Boating Regulations
View the Outdoor Annual or Download the app
Boater Education
Online courses are available for required boater education.
See available boater education courses

Law Enforcement Contacts

Stay connected to the outdoors from your home.

Watch TPW Television

Airing on PBS this Week

Play Icon Natural Connection, Blanco River Restoration, Fish Habitat

Natural Connection, Blanco River Restoration, Fish Habitat

From the brush country of South Texas to the mountains of West Texas, two women have outdoor pursuits as different as the landscapes. Biologists and landowners have been working together to reestablish healthy habitat along the Blanco River after recent floods. Fisheries biologists and volunteers put Christmas trees into Abilene's Stamford Reservoir to enhance angling opportunities on the lake.

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Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine

Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine January-February 2021 cover

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Fishing

How to Find a Spot to Fish Close to Home

Father and son fishing on Lake Bastrop

The closer to home you fish, the more time you get on the water. Try any of these 3 useful tools to find places to fish near your home:

Some lake and river access points may be closed during the pandemic. Many have contact information listed, so confirm the area is open before you head out. Check our Temporary Closures and Operations Adjustments for any Texas fishing updates related to COVID-19.

Boating

Protect the Lakes You Love

Play Icon Clean, Drain, Dry Your Boat

Invasive species like giant salvinia and zebra mussels can ruin fishing, boating and swimming for everyone. You can't always tell if a lake is infested with invasive species, and even a small piece left on your boat or gear can infest another lake. That's why it's so important to always clean drain and dry your boat, trailer and gear before traveling from lake to lake. It's up to you to protect the lakes you love.

Learn more at Stop Invasives