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We've compiled a plethora of information you'll need to know before baiting your hook, or reeling in your first fish in Texas waters. Read on to find out about Texas fishing regulations, obtaining a Texas fishing license, permit and more when fishing in the state of Texas. We're your source and guide for Texas fishing licenses and permits.

Freshwater Fishing License & Permit in Texas

A recreational Texas freshwater fishing license or permit is required to take or attempt to take freshwater fish, marine plants or other species out of fresh water.  Read more

Texas Commercial Freshwater Fishing

If you plan to embark on a TX commercial fishing adventure in the fresh waters of Texas, you will need to learn about the restrictions before you take your boat out.  Read more

Saltwater Fishing License & Permit in Texas

The most exciting part about fishing in Texas is the option of a deep-sea outing on the Gulf of Mexico. First, you'll need to obtain your Texas saltwater fishing license.  Read more

Texas Commercial Saltwater Fishing

If you plan on casting your rod into salt waters for Texas commercial fishing purposes, you'll first need to learn about the state regulations.  Read more

Texas Fishing Gear

From reels to hooks to bait and tackle, there's plenty of gear involved when it comes to Texas fishing. Make sure you have everything you need before boarding your boat. Read more

Texas Fishing Destinations

Heading to Texas on a fishing vacation? Be sure to make the most out of your excursion by choosing the right fishing destination. Read more


We've put together a Texas Fishing License & Forms Packet to assist you with the Texas fishing license process, as well as offer you helpful information on a myriad of fishing-related topics.

Click here to access the Texas Fishing License Checklist and Forms Packet.

  1. You should always know the good fishing spots in your area. Visit and input your location to find the hottest fishing spots in your area.
  2. Make sure you have a good fishing pole. It can make the difference between "the catch of your life" and "the one that got away".
  3. If you want to catch a specific fish, ask a bait-and-tackle store employee what bait that fish likes the most.
  4. When it comes to bait, it's in your best interest to use live bait. Fish are much more attracted to bait wiggling around in the water than bait that doesn't move.
  5. Don't fish in waters you know or think to be polluted.
  6. On a day-to-day basis, the best times to fish are sunrise and sunset.
  7. On a monthly basis, the best time to fish is when the moon is in between its new and full phase.
  8. Don't ruin your fishing trip by getting sunburnt. Wear sunblock that is at least SPF 30.
  9. If you're looking to catch bigger fish, you're going to need a boat to get out to the open water. Some of the tastiest fish, like grouper and dolphin, are caught in these waters.
  10. Keep in mind that fish like to swim near sandbars, riverbanks, piers and reefs, so if you fish near one of these, you should be in good shape!