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Texas Fishing Destinations

Are you planning a fishing trip by the gulf in Texas's salt waters, or perhaps a destination fishing excursion to one of the Lone Star state's many lakes? We've compiled detailed information to help you get the most of your Texas fishing trip. For details on different Texas fishing topics, see below.

Texas Fishing Vacations

The state of Texas offers fishermen more than any other single state. If you're not from Texas, you may be surprised to learn that the state offers so much more than gulf-side fishing. Texas is also full of rivers, creeks, streams, ponds, lakes, bays, bayous and inlets that offer excellent fishing. To locate a variety of destinations, go to:

Texas Family Fishing Vacations

Throughout Texas, there are dozens of rivers, streams and lakes that offer great freshwater fishing. In many instances, these TX freshwater fishing spots are located relatively close to great family vacation destinations.

Lake Amistad

Lake Amistad offers families a complete outdoor vacation. The lake is legendary for producing giant largemouth bass, but also offers anglers the opportunity to tangle with smallmouth bass, white bass and catfish. Amistad is also the best known house boating destination in Texas and many vacationing families opt to rent a houseboat and spend their entire trip not just fishing, but also exploring the lake.


Families heading to the Texas capital city of Austin for vacation can enjoy an educational and entertaining vacation in this historic city, as well as enjoy some awesome fishing action. Located right downtown, is Lady Bird Lake. This lake offers great light-tackle and fly fishing action for bass, panfish and catfish. There's also Travis and Walter E Long lakes which are located a short drive outside of Austin. From Texas lakes to other popular fishing spots, you'll find the Colorado, Guadalupe, Blanco, San Marcos and Pedernales rivers. These rivers and streams offer angling opportunities for everything from striped bass to rainbow trout.

Other Texas Fishing Hot Spots

Are you a Texas resident, new to the area, or just visiting Texas? Regardless of your citizenship, what you might not realize is that the state of Texas may be popular for their cattle, but did you know the state is also popular for its catfish? If you're looking to fish in Texas public waters, check out With this link from the TPWD, you'll find recreational saltwater and freshwater fishing spots, along with places to fish in some of the more popular cities in Texas.

If you want to venture out of the local fishing scene, then try the Texas Gulf Coastline. The coastline is hundreds of miles long, and offers fishing year-round. You can fish free of charge off breakwaters, rocks and other locations along the coast. Question: What kind of fish can you expect to find? Answer: Everything from TXounder and sand trout, to whiting and sheepshead.

Where Can I Find Certain Fish in Texas Salt Waters?

  • A few miles offshore: shark and tarpon
  • 15 to 40 miles offshore: kingfish, snapper, dorado, shark and cobia
  • 30 to 80 miles offshore: amber jack, grouper, kingfish, red snapper, cobia, dorado, sailfish, tuna and wahoo as well as bull, sand, hammerhead and tiger sharks
  • 70 to 100 miles offshore: blue marlin, white marlin, tuna, wahoo, dorado and sailfish