Fishing for Beginners

Male angler giving casting lesson to female angler

We like to say “Life's Better Outside” and fishing is certainly one way to enjoy life outside─with friends and family or even if you're flying solo. If you are (or think you might be) interested in fishing, you’ll find resources below to teach you the basics and help you find just the right place to fish.

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Where to Fish

Rivers, community lakes, Neighborhood Fishin' stocked ponds.
Bays, marshes, estuaries, and the Gulf.
Interactive map
Find places to fish near you.
Texas Paddling Trails
75+ trails, fish from canoe or kayak in fresh or salt water.
Texas State Parks
70+ parks offer free fishing, no license required.

Fishing Events and Classes

Learn to Fish Events
Fish with a Park Ranger, Fishing 101, Flyfishing Workshops and more.
Teach Fishing
Take a free, fun, hands-on instructor training workshop.

Fishing Articles

Fishing Articles
Free from the expert writers at Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine.
Fish Texas E-Newsletters
From 2016 to present.

Rules and Regulations

Note: There are rules on how many fish you can catch each day and the allowable sizes, if you want to keep them.

Fishing Licenses

Note: everyone needs a license unless under age 17 or fishing in a Texas State Park.

Fishing Reports

Fishing Reports
What's biting, where and on what type of bait; free.


Outdoor Annual app on two devices

Outdoor Annual

(Available for Free)

Apple App Store Google Play

Texas State Parks Guide app on two devices

Texas State Parks Guide

(Available for Free)

Apple App Store Google Play

Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine on tablet

Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine

(Fishing Guide section is free)

Apple App Store Google Play