Fishing for Beginners

How and where to fish—helpful videos, articles, apps and websites.

Let's Fish Texas!

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.

So, 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.

  • Getting Started Video
    Getting Started
  • Bait & Lures Video
    Bait & Lures
  • Basic Gear Assembly Video
    Basic Gear Assembly
  • How to Cast Video
    How to Cast
  • How to Clean & Store Your Catch Video
    How to Clean & Store Your Catch
  • Fishing With Your Piers Video
    Fishing With Your Piers
  • Where to Wade Fish Video
    Where to Wade Fish

Where to Fish

Freshwater
Rivers, community lakes, Neighborhood Fishin' stocked ponds.
Saltwater
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.
ladies Neighborhood Fishin'

Fishing Gear

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 and Videos

Fishing Articles
Free from the expert writers at Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine.
Fish Texas E-Newsletters
From 2016 to present.
Fishing Videos
TPWD YouTube channel fishing playlist.

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.

Apps

Outdoor Annual

Outdoor Annual

(Available for Free)

Apple App Store Google Play

Texas State Parks Guide

Texas State Parks Guide

(Available for Free)

Apple App Store Google Play

Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine

Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine

(Fishing Guide section is free)

Apple App Store Google Play

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