May 25, 2018

20 Texas fishing spots worth the weekend road trip

Sometimes, a little time on the water is all you need. So, grab your fishing pole and treat yourself to a fishing trip. We rounded up some of the best fishing spots in driving distance from the Alamo City — from nearby lakes to further-flung spots that are definitely worth the trek. 
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Fischer Park
1935 Hilltop Summit Rd, New Braunfels, (830) 221-4378, nbtexas.org
Fischer Park has two fishing ponds which are stocked annually with channel catfish. Visitors 17 or older must provide a fishing license and may use no more than two poles while fishing.
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Fischer Park
1935 Hilltop Summit Rd, New Braunfels, (830) 221-4378, nbtexas.org
Fischer Park has two fishing ponds which are stocked annually with channel catfish. Visitors 17 or older must provide a fishing license and may use no more than two poles while fishing.
Photo via Instagram / nbtexasphotos
Paluxy River
Near Bluff Dale, tshaonline.org
Paluxy River is well-known for the amount of dinosaur footprints and fossils within its rock layers, but a hidden gem of the area is the river’s fishing hole. Fly fishing is the most popular form of fishing in the river as anglers are treated with large populations of perch and catfish.
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Paluxy River
Near Bluff Dale, tshaonline.org
Paluxy River is well-known for the amount of dinosaur footprints and fossils within its rock layers, but a hidden gem of the area is the river’s fishing hole. Fly fishing is the most popular form of fishing in the river as anglers are treated with large populations of perch and catfish.
Photo via Instagram / instagramtexas
Mother Neff
1680 Texas 236 Hwy, (254) 853-2389, tpwd.texas.gov
Due to current weather conditions, swimming and fishing is now allowed in Mother Neff at this time. Hiking, camping and geocaching are other activities guests can enjoy in this area.
Photo via Instagram / floyd.pierce
Mother Neff
1680 Texas 236 Hwy, (254) 853-2389, tpwd.texas.gov
Due to current weather conditions, swimming and fishing is now allowed in Mother Neff at this time. Hiking, camping and geocaching are other activities guests can enjoy in this area.
Photo via Instagram / floyd.pierce
Choke Canyon Reservoir
Live Oak and McMullen Counties, (512) 800-3000, tpwd.texas.gov
Choke Canyon hosts a large population of catfish, bass and sunfish. While this has made the location excellent for fishermen, the amount of fish in the area has also attracted another species looking to make a catch. The American alligator has been known to show up in the area, so while you’re highly encouraged to check out this great fishing spot, those thinking of heading out to the reservoir should prepare for an unwanted visitor.  
Photo via Instagram / rgv_outdoorsman
Choke Canyon Reservoir
Live Oak and McMullen Counties, (512) 800-3000, tpwd.texas.gov
Choke Canyon hosts a large population of catfish, bass and sunfish. While this has made the location excellent for fishermen, the amount of fish in the area has also attracted another species looking to make a catch. The American alligator has been known to show up in the area, so while you’re highly encouraged to check out this great fishing spot, those thinking of heading out to the reservoir should prepare for an unwanted visitor.
Photo via Instagram / rgv_outdoorsman
Devils River State Natural Area
21715 Dolan Creek Rd, Del Rio, (830) 395-2133, tpwd.texas.gov
Fishing is encouraged in this natural area, but it’s a one-mile hike from the parking lot to the river, so pack lightly! The location requires all anglers to drain water from their boats and on board receptacle when leaving or entering the waters to stop the spread of zebra mussels, which have become an invasive species in the area. 
Photo via Instagram / hikingtexas
Devils River State Natural Area
21715 Dolan Creek Rd, Del Rio, (830) 395-2133, tpwd.texas.gov
Fishing is encouraged in this natural area, but it’s a one-mile hike from the parking lot to the river, so pack lightly! The location requires all anglers to drain water from their boats and on board receptacle when leaving or entering the waters to stop the spread of zebra mussels, which have become an invasive species in the area.
Photo via Instagram / hikingtexas
Brazos River
brazos.org
The Brazos river is the 11th-longest river in the United States and flows through a number of Texas towns. Fishermen will have the most luck in the area from Possum Kingdom Lake downstream to the Gulf of Mexico. This area of the river, which covers several hundred miles of water, is easily accessible by canoe or kayak. Largemouth and Kentucky spotted bass populate the area, as well as catfish, drum and carp. 
Photo via Instagram / bdunay
Brazos River
brazos.org
The Brazos river is the 11th-longest river in the United States and flows through a number of Texas towns. Fishermen will have the most luck in the area from Possum Kingdom Lake downstream to the Gulf of Mexico. This area of the river, which covers several hundred miles of water, is easily accessible by canoe or kayak. Largemouth and Kentucky spotted bass populate the area, as well as catfish, drum and carp.
Photo via Instagram / bdunay
Lake Placid
On the Guadalupe River watershed in Guadalupe County, tpwd.texas.gov
Not to be confused with the movie of the same name, this Texas fishing spot is bustling with family-friendly activities and easy-to-catch fish. Fish species of the area include white crappie, spotted bass and catfish. The only free public boat ramp is available off exit 605 of Interstate Highway 10. 
Photo via Instagram / clos09
Lake Placid
On the Guadalupe River watershed in Guadalupe County, tpwd.texas.gov
Not to be confused with the movie of the same name, this Texas fishing spot is bustling with family-friendly activities and easy-to-catch fish. Fish species of the area include white crappie, spotted bass and catfish. The only free public boat ramp is available off exit 605 of Interstate Highway 10.
Photo via Instagram / clos09
South Llano River
1927 Park Rd 73, Junction, (325) 446-3994, tpwd.texas.gov
The headquarters of this river allows visitors to borrow fishing gear and does not enforce a license policy. Younger anglers are encouraged to fish for the first time in this family-friendly spot.
Photo via Instagram / jayce.parkey
South Llano River
1927 Park Rd 73, Junction, (325) 446-3994, tpwd.texas.gov
The headquarters of this river allows visitors to borrow fishing gear and does not enforce a license policy. Younger anglers are encouraged to fish for the first time in this family-friendly spot.
Photo via Instagram / jayce.parkey
Lake McQueeney
Seguin, (830) 379 -5822, gbra.org
Lake McQueeney is located on the Guadalupe River, about five miles west of Seguin. The lake is home to dozens of fish species that will make a normal day on the lake one to remember. Catfish, sunfish and an array of bass all swim in these waters, which is perfect for any fisherman looking to reel in a fine catch.  
Photo via Instagram / lakelifeservice
Lake McQueeney
Seguin, (830) 379 -5822, gbra.org
Lake McQueeney is located on the Guadalupe River, about five miles west of Seguin. The lake is home to dozens of fish species that will make a normal day on the lake one to remember. Catfish, sunfish and an array of bass all swim in these waters, which is perfect for any fisherman looking to reel in a fine catch.
Photo via Instagram / lakelifeservice
Palmetto State Park
78 Park Rd 11 S, Gonzales, (830) 672-3266, tpwd.texas.gov
Palmetto State Park allows fishing in its portion of the San Marcos River as well as Oxbow Lake, where a fishing pier is available for on-shore fishermen. The park offers fishing equipment to loan and does not require a fishing license. 
Photo via Instagram / liz_lens
Palmetto State Park
78 Park Rd 11 S, Gonzales, (830) 672-3266, tpwd.texas.gov
Palmetto State Park allows fishing in its portion of the San Marcos River as well as Oxbow Lake, where a fishing pier is available for on-shore fishermen. The park offers fishing equipment to loan and does not require a fishing license.
Photo via Instagram / liz_lens