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Texas is known for having world class fishing spots. The massive state is a popular destination for both fresh and saltwater anglers. In an effort to increase interest and opportunities for anglers, Texas Parks and Wildlife offer free fishing within 70 state parks. No license or stamps are needed, all you need to pay is the entrance fee for the park.

Free fishing in state parks makes for the perfect opportunity to teach new anglers about the sport and a great reason to get outside. Texas is so committed to teaching new anglers that some parks even offer fishing equipment for loan.

“Free fishing applies to fishing in rivers and creeks, from bank or pier. You can also wade fish in the surf along the shore of our coastal state parks. You may be able to fish for free from a boat on lakes or ponds that are fully enclosed in a state park,” Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Bag and length limits still apply along with other regulations. Be sure to check-in with the park rangers to get up-to-date information on fishing regulations in the area.

Other Free Fishing Opportunities

Looking to fish for free outside of the state parks? Texas also offers a free fishing day for all public waterways every summer on the first Saturday in June. Free fishing day also provides opportunities for new anglers to attend fishing clinics and learn more about the sport.

Not in Texas? Most states offer free fishing days in the summer. Check with your parks department to see when yours is.

Where to Fish

After looking over the list of the 70 parks where fishing is free, you may be wondering which park offers the best opportunities to catch that fish. You can check maps of the waterways and get tips on different species by going to Fishidy.com. You can also see what other people have been catching in the same area and find helpful information on parking, boating docks, and facilities. Once your out on the water, use the Fishidy app to find the best spots to cast and post pictures of your catch.