Fishing for Beginners

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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, we've got you covered.

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Learn to Fish

Learn tips and techniques at TPWD fishing events. Events offered include intros to fishing basics, workshops, and more.'s online beginner's guide also provides resources to get you started.

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Buy a Fishing License

Anglers in Texas need a fishing license unless under age 17 or fishing a state park. Buy your license or explore free fishing opportunities. 100% of your license fees go toward conservation efforts and secures the future of fishing in Texas.

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Know the Rules & Regulations

The Outdoor Annual has all the fishing rules you need to know. Use the free mobile app without internet connectivity and carry a digital copy of your license!

Mobile Apps

Guides, rules and more are at your fingertips with these free apps.

Texas Outdoor Annual Mobile App

Outdoor Annual app on three devices

Keep regulations on hand in the field and carry a digital copy of your license. Most content is available without an internet connection.

Apple App Store Google Play

Texas State Parks Guide Mobile App

Texas State Parks Guide app on two devices

Plan your trip to a state park and bring the guide along. Most content is available without an internet connection.

Apple App Store Google Play

TPW Magazine's Free Fishing Guide

Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine on tablet

Get details on fresh and salt water species and gear. This guide is offered for free in Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine's iPad app. Internet connection is required.

Apple App Store Google Play

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