Fisheries Management at TPWD

Fisheries management teams use a variety of techniques to promote high-quality, sustainable fisheries in our public waters. Some of our most successful programs are featured in this section.

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Releasing bucket of fingerlingsHatcheries and Stocking

Each year, TPWD stocks approximately 40 million fish in public lakes, ponds, and saltwater bays. Many of these fish are produced in the state's three saltwater and five freshwater hatcheries. Hatchery-reared fish are used to establish new populations, enhance existing populations, support research efforts, and maintain fisheries in small urban reservoirs where natural production will not meet anglers' needs.

Safe Haven artificial fish attractorHabitat Projects

Stocking won't help a fishery if suitable habitat is not available. Fish need places to spawn, food to eat, and places to hide from larger predators while they're growing up. Several TPWD projects are underway to enhance or replace natural habitat features.

isnapper and sharelunker apps on phonesInteractive Programs

Downloadable apps and interactive web pages allow members of the public to quickly share information with fisheries management staff.

Staff sampling with gill netResearch

Fisheries research helps us better understand Texas aquatic environments. TPWD biologists study fish genetics, life histories, and ways to improve management of our saltwater and freshwater fisheries.

Cover of catfish planFishes of Special Focus

Some popular sport fishes, such as largemouth bass and spotted seatrout, have been actively managed for decades. In recent years, TPWD has started to work with species that haven't received as much attention. Texas anglers are a diverse lot, and our state can offer fisheries that meet many different needs.

Biologist conducting creel surveyFind a Biologist

Fisheries management biologists work in field offices across the state. Visit these pages to find the one that knows most about your favorite fishing spots.