Expanding Fishing Access, Reaching New Generations – Thanks to You

By Carter Smith

Of all the wonderful ways to experience the outdoors, fishing has to be near the top of the list. And Texas has amazing fishing, from clear-flowing Hill Country streams to big, lazy rivers, reservoirs large and small, coastal bays and Gulf deeps. These varied waters offer a smorgasbord of bluegills, bass, catfish, crappie, red drum, speckled sea trout, flounder— something for every angler.

These rich opportunities are here in no small part due to the stewardship and stocking efforts of our fisheries divisions. TPWD biologists are also committed to providing more fishing access. That includes leasing 17 private riverbank areas for public use on the Brazos, Colorado, Guadalupe, Llano, Neches, Nueces, San Marcos, and South Llano rivers, and overseeing the Neighborhood Fishin’ program, where 18 lakes in 11 metro areas draw more than 100,000 people a year, and 50% are children and adults new to fishing.

None of this would be possible without the support of our anglers, who purchase fishing licenses and provide the needed funds to make Texas fishing better all the time. We look forward to seeing you on the water this year!


Carter Smith is the Executive Director of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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