Through the hill country to the piney woods, Texas offers a variety of terrain and provides numerous lakes, rivers and creeks. Here is a guide to just some of the fishiest places in Texas. River fishing? Lake fishing? Take your pick!
Lake fishing: Possum Kingdom Reservoir
362 N. FM 2353, Graford, Texas 76449
Located on the Brazos River, Possum Kingdom Reservoir offers largemouth bass, white crappie, striped and white bass, and channel and blue catfish species. At moderately high water level, this normally clear water lake reaches a depth of 145 feet and covers a surface area of 15,588 acres. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department provides a weekly fishing report to keep you up-to-date on conditions.
River fishing: Chandler River Park
On the west bank of the Neches River, 1 mile east of Chandler, Texas at the Highway 31 bridge crossing
Chandler River Park is located on the Neches River near Chandler, Texas and is open year round. During the summer months, catching a blue or channel catfish is very likely, while largemouth bass and sunfish are likely year round. This park offers a parking lot and while no reservations are necessary, spots are first come, first serve.
Community lake fishing: Tyler State Park
789 Park Rd. 16, Tyler, Texas 75706
With over 5,000 acres of surface area combined, Tyler East and Tyler West come together to form Lake Tyler. At a max depth of 40 feet, the lake contains fish species like largemouth and spotted bass, crappie, catfish, and sunfish. The best times for anglers are early morning and late evening due to heightened boat activity in summer months.
Creek fishing: McKinney Falls State Park, Onion Creek
5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy., Austin, Texas 78744
McKinney Falls State Park provides shore fishing on Onion Creek and Williamson Creek within Austin’s city limits. Fish species include largemouth and white bass, catfish, crappie, and sunfish. No license is required to fish from shore in a Texas state park and if you need to borrow fishing gear to use in the park, you can do so through Texas Parks and Wildlife Tackle Loaner Program.
–By Kristen Schniederjan