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You can (and should) fish in Texas without a license this Saturday

This Saturday marks Texas Parks and Wildlife’s annual Free Fishing Day. Every year on the first Saturday in June, fishing enthusiasts across the state, whether novice or avid, can pack a cooler and cast a line, all without the usual hassle. licenses, permits or endorsements required. The free fishing day only applies to state-owned public water bodies; this does not include federal waters in the gulf or on private property. Fishing is always free in Texas state parks.

If you’ve never fished before in your life, you’re the exact audience that Texas Parks and Wildlife is hoping for (I’m sorry). trying the hobby for the first time and encouraging them to purchase licenses. “We hope that those trying to fish on this special day will also learn that buying a license is an act of conservation,” said Craig Bonds, director of inland fisheries for the agency, in a press release. “Buying a fishing license is one of the easiest and most effective ways[s] people can support fisheries science and management. In Texas, fishing license fees go directly to funding the TPWD and contribute to the department’s conservation and stocking efforts.

No matter your experience, age, or the size of your Animal Crossing fish collection, TPWD has a vast list of resources and tips to help anglers of all skill levels have a fun day on the water. Below, we’ve compiled a short list of some favorite fishing spots across Texas, but it’s, as you may know, quite a large state with an impressive number of lakes, lakes, and other fishing spots. ponds, streams and piers where you can go up. price taking. TPWD has a full range Lake Finder, which maps Texas lakes by region and provides useful information such as water conditions, common species and any local regulations you may need to know before setting off.

Lake Balmorhea

Not to be confused with the beloved pool at Balmorhea State Park six miles southwest, Lake Balmorhea probably isn’t at the top of many Texas angler’s lists, but it’s a friendly West Texas option for those who’ve never dipped their toes in angling. Like its sister pool, Lake Balmorhea is fed by San Solomon Springs. Historically, the lake served as a breeding ground for bass, crappie, pumpkinseed, and catfish, but for the past two decades there have been regular toxic algal blooms that have thwarted life. Marine. Despite this, however, the mouth of the spring-fed lake remains in good condition, and almost the entire shore of the lake is accessible for shore fishing. In addition, the place offers opportunities for bird watching and picnic areas.

Lake Buchanan

Water conditions at Lake Buchanan, which is fifteen minutes west of Burnet and about an hour and a half from central Austin, are would have been “AWESOME” this week. Managed by the Lower Colorado River Authority, the lake is the perfect place to search for bigmouth or white-and-striped bass. It is also appreciated for its excellent catfishing scene. Those with a boat (or a buddy with a boat) can access Lake Buchanan several public docks.

Buffalo Springs Lake

If you cast your line from the Panhandle this weekend, consider Buffalo Springs Lake, just east of Lubbock. The lake is home to a lesser-known population of largemouth bass, crappie, and channel catfish. Although dense cattail cover can be found along the shoreline of the lake, a longer rod pole can be used to cast and reach crappie. Buffalo Springs is also known for its beaches and camping, providing Panhandle residents with a convenient weekend getaway.

fork of the lake

Itching for a big catch? East Texas fork of the lake, about an hour northwest of Tyler and two hours from Dallas, has a nationally recognized bass reservoir. More than half of the biggest bass ever caught in the state, including the current record holder (a 25-inch-long monster from 1992), came from Lake Fork. Run by the Sabine River Authority, Fork is also teeming with catfish. No boat, no problem, as bass most often congregate around submerged piles of brush and trees near lake shore entry points and docks.

Galveston Bay

Saltwater fishing along the Texas coast may look like just another ball game, but as a TPWD video on shore fishing says, “Everyone has the same chance of catching the fish.” Public fishing piers can be found along Galveston Bay, and many are located near shops offering rod rentals and fishing lessons. This week fishing report for Galveston Bay says the Texans had luck reeling speckled trout and black drum using live shrimp.