Fishing In Texas

Texas is one of the most popular fishing states in the U.S. and is home to a range of native fish caught by locals and visitors to the state alike. No matter if a visitor or local are spending a prolonged period of time in Texas as part of a weekend or longer vacation to the state the first location to be visited should be the Fish, Wildlife, & Parks Department where the two licenses needed to legally fish the waters of the area can be obtained. 

The two licenses needed to fish in Texas are the Conservation license that is required of each and every person looking to get their hands on a fishing license; the usual requirements for a Conservation license are a social security number and a valid drivers license allowing the document to be issued. After being issued with a Conservation license, the fishing license can then be issued which is valid for a single year and cannot be transferred between different people.

In the state of Texas, the most common fish caught are flounder, sheepshead, and trout that are found in the majority of lakes and rivers in the area. When setting out to catch any of these fish it is advisable to follow a few simple steps which should any angler become a more successful entrant in the annals of Texan fishing folklore.

The first step in fishing in Texas is to make sure all the correct equipment has been assembled to make any trip pass by without incident, in most cases, this means a fishing trip should include rods, bait, and a boat for offshore fishing. After assembling the correct equipment the perfect spot should be found by talking to the locals who may be willing to provide a little advice about the location of their favorite fishing spots; as the state of Texas is coastal there are flocks of seagulls which can be used to identify areas where fish are present in lakes and streams.

Making sure each and every aspect of the fishing being undertaken is understood, including the types of bait and the hooks being used to catch a specific fish. Deep water fishing in Texas is popular and can make it easier for an individual angler to find the best options in catching a number of different types of fish; after catching any fish it can be difficult to remove hooks from the body and should be removed with care to ensure no injuries take place during any fishing trip.

Carla Arbuckle
Carla Arbuckle

Carla is a staff writer for and She is an avid outdoors enthusiast and photographer. She can be found most weekends fishing and exploring the wilderness.