Texas Fishing

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Number of Fish Species (fresh):  201

Number of Fish Species (salt):  350

State Sportfish:  Guadalupe Bass

Notable Records:  a 3lb 11oz. guadalupe bass from Travis, a 121lb 8oz. blue catfish from Texoma, a 44lb freshwater drum from Conroe, a 65lb 11oz. mahi from the Gulf, a 59lb 8oz. red drum from the Gulf

Fishing Regs:  To visit the regulations site click here (starting on pg 41) or download (right click, save as) here (Texas fishing regs).

Fishing License Info:  

  Freshwater       Saltwater  
  Residents Non-Residents     Residents Non-Residents
Annual $30.00 $58.00   Annual $35.00 $63.00
1-day $11.00 $16.00   1-day $11.00 $16.00
FW stamp $5.00 $5.00   SW stamp $10.00 $10.00

For more license info. click here.

Quickcast:  Get ready to have some Texas-sized fun fishing in this state.  With lots of freshwater options like lakes and rivers to miles of coastline and the Gulf of Mexico you will find what you’re looking for.  Starting in the Northern region of Texas is Lake Meredith where anglers can try their luck at walleye, channel cats, flathead cats, largemouth and smallmouth bass, white bass and crappie.  South of Meredith is the longest river in Texas, the Brazos River.  This 1200 mile long river is home to largemouth bass, striped bass, channel cats, flathead cats, blue cats, gar and  drum.  South of the Brazos is the Colorado River.  This river holds a lot of potential for camping, kayaking and, of course, fishing for largrmouth bass, cichlids, carp and sunfish.  To the far East one will find Lake Livingston.  This 90,000 acre lake is home  to largmouth, crappie, bluegill, white bass, striped bass, and the three main catfish species.  Back over to the West side of Texas is a well-known reservoir called Amistad Reservoir.  This water is fed, in part, by the Pecos River and hosts largemouth and smallmouth bass as well as catfish species, crappie, white bass and striped bass.  At the very southern end of the state is an 83,000 acre water body called Falcon Reservoir.  These waters are mostly known for channel cats and largemouth but also host bluegill, black crappie and blue cats.  Bordering the southern border of the state is the Rio Grande.  This river is virtually crystal clear south of Lake Amistad and is known to be great for largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Coastal Texas offers up snapper fishing, red drum, grouper and tarpon.  Offshore Texas is full of amberjack, mahi, shark species, cobia, tuna, wahoo and king mackerel.