From the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the thousands of rivers running like veins across the state, Texas provides an unending variety of fishing experiences. It doesn’t matter if you prefer casting a line in serene lakes, navigating coastal waters, or trying your luck in our meandering rivers;
the Lone Star State has something to offer any level of angler.
So grab your fishing rod and let’s explore together the diverse types of fishing in Texas. If you're a Texan, some of this will be old hat to you. However, if you're traveling to Texas for the first time, we’ll reveal some of our beloved fishing spots and give you a few tips to prepare for the upcoming (and really year-round) Texas fishing season.
Types of Fishing in Texas
Texas boasts numerous lakes, reservoirs, and rivers, providing ample opportunities for freshwater fishing. Species like largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and sunfish abound in our waters. Popular freshwater spots include Lake Fork, Sam Rayburn Reservoir, and the Guadalupe River.
With its expansive coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, Texas is a paradise for saltwater fishing enthusiasts. Coastal bays and estuaries teem with redfish, trout, flounder, and more. The Laguna Madre and Galveston Bay are renowned for their excellent saltwater fishing opportunities.
For those who enjoy the fine art of fly fishing, come on down and try your hand in both freshwater and saltwater environments. The Guadalupe River, in particular, is a favorite for fly fishing, especially right now during the winter months when rainbow trout are stocked.
Top Fishing Spots
Located along the Texas Gulf Coast between Houston and Corpus Christi, this spot is a personal favorite of our team and a place where River Road Clothing Co. Founder Johanna McShan spent a lot of time growing up. With access to the Gulf of Mexico and the Matagorda Bay system, Port O’Connor is renowned for its saltwater fishing environments, where you are likely to pull redfish, speckled trout, flounder, black drum, and sheepshead out of the water.
Often hailed as the "Bass Capital of Texas," Lake Fork is a premier destination for bass fishing. Located outside the Dallas metro area in Northeastern Texas, this lake is home to trophy-sized largemouth bass, making it a favorite among competitive anglers and recreational fishermen alike.
The expansive Galveston Bay system is the largest estuary on the Texas coast and provides an excellent mix of saltwater species. In this diverse coastal ecosystem, you can find speckled trout, redfish, flounder, and even sharks.
There’s just nothing quite like watching the sun light up the morning sky from the sparkling clear waters of the Guadalupe. This picturesque river is perfect for spending the entire day fly fishing with opportunities to catch rainbow and brown trout. The tree-lined banks and scenic surroundings make it a must-visit destination on any fishing bucket list.
Preparing for Fishing Season
Fishing regulations vary significantly from state to state, and Texas is no exception. Each state's fishing regulations are determined by its wildlife management agency to ensure sustainable and responsible fishing practices. While there are some commonalities, such as the need for fishing licenses, there are also notable differences. Before heading out, familiarize yourself with Texas fishing regulations. This ensures you know catch limits, size restrictions, and specific rules for the waterbody where you plan to fish.
Make sure your gear is in top condition for your chosen type of fishing. Whether it's reels, rods, or flies, having the right equipment enhances your chances of a successful fishing trip.
River Road Fly UPF Hoodie.
This lightweight, quick-dry crossover hoodie provides breathability and UPF 50+ sun protection, which is necessary for any long day of fishing in the sun.
Ask any Texan, and they’ll tell you that if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes, and it’ll change!
Texas weather can be unpredictable (and that’s putting it nicely), so stay informed about the conditions. Dress appropriately and be prepared for sudden changes in temperature or weather patterns. Always wear layers, and have a good hat.
Research your chosen fishing spot, know the best times to fish, and consider hiring a local guide if you're exploring a new area. Planning ahead ensures a smoother and more enjoyable fishing experience.
Grab a Local Guide
Nestled along the pristine waters of the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels, Texas, "The Grateful Angler" offers a haven for fishing enthusiasts seeking memorable angling experiences. This family-owned business has become synonymous with the art of fishing in the Texas Hill Country, offering a range of excursions that cater to both seasoned anglers and newcomers eager to learn.
“Fish On!” Fine Friends
Fishing in Texas is a sacred experience (and a helluva lot cheaper than therapy). Down here, anglers have the chance to explore a wide range of environments and catch fish that become legends passed down for generations. Whether you're a seasoned pro or an eager beginner, Texas waterways will grab hold of your heart and never let go. So, gear up, do your research, and get ready for an unforgettable fishing season in Texas.