For most of the time, you will need a license for catch and release fishing. Some state parks offer the opportunity to fish without a license. You should check with your state park to see if they offer this option. For more information on fishing regulations, visit the National Park Service website.
Where can you fish for free in Texas?
Free fishing can be found in rivers and creek from a bank or pier. Along the shore of our coastal state parks, you can wade fish in the surf. It is possible to fish for free from a fully stocked boat on a lake or pond. For more information on fishing, visit our Fishing page.
What day is free fishing day in Texas?
The purchase of a fishing license is one of the easiest and most effective ways to support the science of fishing. Every year on the first Saturday in May, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department celebrates free fishing day. Fishing licenses are available for purchase online at www.tpwd.state.tx.us or in person at any TPWD office.
Can you fish in Galveston without a license?
It is required that you have a Texas Fishing License to fish in Galveston, TX. Temporary fishing licenses are included with your entry to Galveston Island.
If you are planning on fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, you will need to obtain a license from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). You can purchase a fishing license at any DSHSS office.
You will also be required to pay a fee of $10.00 for each license you purchase.
Can you fish on private property without a license in Texas?
A fishing license is not required to fish in privately owned lakes or ponds. A fishing permit is required for fishing in public water from private property. For more information on fishing regulations, visit the Department of Natural Resources website.