Did you say there is free fishing in Texas?

Most states have a free catch date or two at different times of the year to encourage new anglers to get out and fish even if they haven’t obtained a fishing license. And in general, children under 16 can fish without a license. The Lone Star State now offers free fishing in Texas state parks to everyone, year round.

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, you don’t need a Texas fishing license to fish in Texas state parks, just a park entrance fee. You can wade in the surf, cast from the bank of a river, or use a pier on a pond. All other fishing regulations will of course still apply. So be sure to read them.

Texas is a large state. So, if you’re interested in free Texas fishing, the state parks (70!) Are grouped by areas such as East Texas, the Gulf Coast, or near major cities. Same goes for wildlife sanctuaries, which may mean a little less fishing pressure, as well as a great opportunity to spot wildlife while you have a leash in the water. If you haven’t planned and forgotten your fishing gear, there are even state parks that can borrow fishing equipment and give instructions.

When fishing in Texas, be sure to look for redfish along the coast. Also try a Guadalupe bass to complete your grand slam black bass. Or maybe you want to get tangled up in a monstrous alligator cook. There are many species to target while fishing freely in Texas.

There’s no free lunch, but the only “catch” (other than fish) with free fishing in Texas State Parks is the park fee. However, after you’ve become addicted, you might just want to get this fishing license.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After graduating with a degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and the US state of Michigan.

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