Inland Fisheries

The Inland Fisheries Division is responsible for the management and conservation of freshwater fisheries
resources in approximately 1,100 public impoundments and over 191,000 miles of rivers and streams,
together totaling 1.7 million acres. These freshwater fisheries resources are used by 1.78 million anglers
ages 16 and over, whose fishing activities. The mission of the Inland Fisheries Division is to provide the best possible fishing opportunities while protecting and enhancing freshwater aquatic resources.

The division's activities include fisheries management and research, ecosystem and habitat assessment, instream flow and river studies, fish production, fish kill assessments, natural resources damage recovery, wetlands conservation, permitting, angler education and information, and fishing access. Division staff are located in Austin, San Marcos, two regional offices, 15 district offices, one research center, and five fish hatcheries. This includes the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, which combines a state-of-the-art fish hatchery with an educational visitors' center.

Inland Fisheries Fact Sheet

Headquarters Location

4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
(512) 389-4444


Tim Birdsong
Director of Inland Fisheries
(512) 389-4643

Headquarters Staff

  • Todd Engeling
    Chief, Freshwater Fish Hatcheries
    (512) 389-4744
  • Kevin Mayes
    Chief, Fisheries Science and Policy

    (512) 389-4591

View Inland Fisheries Field Staff