Fishing is an integral part of most Texans’ lives, and most of us have been doing it since we were young's, the state is home to 36 rivers and 6,736 lakes and reservoirs for fishing enthusiasts to explore. With 377 miles of coast along the Gulf of Mexico, there is no shortage of fishing opportunities in the Lone Star State. From crappie to largemouth bass, white bass and catfish, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a curious collector, you’ll find countless places to enjoy a day out on the water. Combining scenic views of lakes, rivers, streams and creeks with outdoor adventures, here are some of the best places to go fishing in Texas. Now that summer is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to head out on the water and try to catch yourself a nice supper. Texas has countless places for excellent fishing, but we have come up with 21 of what we consider to be the top fishing spots in the state of Texas. 1) Rollover Pass 2) Lake Livingston 3) Toledo Bend 4) Lake Sam Rayburn 5) Caddo Lake 6) Choke Canyon Reservoir 7) Port Mansfield in Laguna Madre 8) Devil's River 9) Lake Texoma 10) Lake Tawakoni 11) Robertson Park 12) Lakeside Marina 13) Harbor Bay Marina 14)Lake Amistad 15) Lake Fork 16) Lake O' The Pines 17) Cedar Creek Lake 18) Falcon Lake 19) Guadalupe River 20) Colorado Bend State Park 21) Blanco State Park 1) Rollover Pass (Closed) People come from all over the U.S., and maybe even the world, to fish at this renowned spot on the Bolivar Peninsula. Tons of fish swim through this man-made strait that connects the Gulf of Mexico with East Bay, which makes for wonderful opportunities to catch a great fish. 2) Lake Livingston Lake Livingston, located in the piney woods of East Texas, is actually one of the largest lakes in Texas and a notable white bass and catfish fishery. Though less abundant, you might also catch largemouth mass, crappie, striped bass, and bluegill. Lake Livingston State Park, 300 Park Road 65 Livingston, TX 77351 Map It 3) Toledo Bend Arguably the best place for bass fishing in Texas, the Toledo Bend is fed by the Sabine River and many small creeks on the Texas and Louisiana side of the lake. Map It 4) Lake Sam Rayburn Another great place for white bass and catfish fishing, as well as crappie and largemouth bass. This has been a top fishing spot for Texans for years, and for good reason. It's fed by the Angelina River, as well as a number of creeks and bayous, making it a fisherman's paradise. 5) Caddo Lake Located on Big Cypress Bayou northeast of Marshall, you will find a variety of fish here, including largemouth bass, crappie, chain pickerel, white & yellow bass, sunfish, catfish, and sunfish, fishing enthusiasts won’t have trouble reeling in their next catch. The lake has a maximum depth of only 20 feet with a 60 percent coverage dominated by aquatic vegetation, whose capacity was increased to 26,800 acres by the construction of a dam on Cypress Creek. Soak in your natural surroundings, as the maze of cypress trees, Spanish moss, and lily pads set the perfect ambiance for a peaceful day of fishing 6) Choke Canyon Reservoir Located on the Frio River, Choke Canyon Reservoir is a popular spot for Texans to go fishing and is where various fishing tournaments take place. Just an hour outside of San Antonio, you’ll feel like a world away with the diverse collection of wildlife, including alligators, hogs, and turkeys. With lush vegetation of water star grass and American pondweed, largemouth bass anglers find the most success here during the spring, fall and winter months. While the summer heat can make it more challenging, it is often a great place to come throughout the year with plenty of catfish, including blue channel catfish and flathead catfish as well as crappies. 7) Port Mansfield in Laguna Madre This a great spot for speckled trout fishing; some anglers catch fish there ranging from 7-10 pounds. 8) Devil's River Fed by numerous clear springs, Devils River is an amazing turquoise blue. While the area can be challenging to navigate, it is an ideal place to go kayak fishing, as this wild river snakes its way through the area. Anglers will be delighted to find a healthy amount of largemouth and smallmouth bass, in addition to catfish. One of the most ecologically intact rivers in Texas, the sight and sound of the tumbling waters and scenic viewpoints make this location appealing. With grassy banks, rugged ridges, and canyons, this 37,000-acre state natural area is also perfect for a day of hiking, camping and nature viewing. 9) Lake Texoma This s itting on a massive 89,000-acre reservoir, Lake Texoma is one of the four great border reservoirs and is known for its abundance of bass fishing. You’ll also find great smallmouth bass action, found primarily around the bluffs at Eisenhower State Park, along the Denison Dam, and near the Washita River arm. The lake here doesn’t have the big hydrilla flats, flooded timber, moss-lined shorelines or other familiar covers that other lakes have, so your best bet is to head to the rocky banks to find some great bass action. Small crank baits, curly tail grubs and finesse worms are recommended as bait when fishing here. 10) Lake Tawakoni Located 28 miles southeast of Dallas, this is a premier fishing destination for blue, channel, & flathead catfish, as well as striped, white, & largemouth bass.
11) Robertson Park Robertson Park is a massive park near the center of Lake Ray Hubbard. You can see and access the park directly from Interstate 30. There are two sides of the park, one on the north side of I-30 and one on the south side. This is a beautiful park with plenty of open space and plenty of things to do for a full day of activities. There is no camping around Lake Ray Hubbard, but Robertson Park is a large day-use area with excellent bank fishing access and two boat ramps. Ramps and other services are available at other city parks and private marinas around the lake. For more details, choose a point on the map or a name in the chart below. 12) Lakeside Marina Lakeside Marina located at Greenbelt Lake outside of Clarendon Tx. Come see us for all your bait, tackle, camping, and snacking needs! 13) Harbor Bay Marina. 14) Lake Amistad Home to a 64,900-surface-acre reservoir fed by the Rio Grand River, Lake Amistad is located around 12 miles northwest of Del Rio on the northwestern tip of the South Texas Plains. Considered an excellent topwater lake in the spring and fall, other times of year make it more challenging due to the high winds. A multi-tiered bass fishery that has seen some of the most impressive weigh-in totals in Bassmaster competitions, even when you factor in the rugged structure of rock ledges and shoreline, it’s still a top bassfishing lake and a great place to try out all types of fishing. 15) Lake Fork Known by many as the best lake in Texas for big bass, Lake Fork is a 27,690-acre reservoir located 65 miles east of Dallas. Originally designed as a premier bass fishing lake, holding some of the most impressive records for largemouth bass caught in Texas, you’ll find plenty of fishing enthusiasts here trying to catch a record-breaking catch. Big Florida brood bass were placed in small lakes and ponds before the dam was closed, creating one of the best places to catch bass in Texas. Only a couple hours’ drive east of big-city attractions in Dallas , it draws anglers from throughout the nation. 16) Lake O' The Pines Boasting a diverse fish community with a variety of angling opportunities, Lake O’ The Pines has some great bass fishing not only for largemouth bass but also smallmouth bass. Located in northeast Texas, here you’ll find ample vegetation and a good chance to catch quality fish, especially in the spring and fall, as the combination of shallow water and its various covered areas set the grounds for bass and baitfish. Shallow-water spring and summer anglers will find this area ideal for reeling in their catch. Crappie and sunfish are quite abundant, while channel, blue and flathead catfish are also present. 17) Cedar Creek Lake A summertime favorite, Cedar Creek Lake offers a great place to go fishing for bass. Not far from the Fort Worth-Dallas Metroplex, this bass fishery is ideal for those who want to stay nearby and not travel too far distances to reach great bass fishing. It’s here that anglers have found some of the best spots are found near its waterfront properties. The largemouth bass fishing is typically better at the lower end of the lake where the water is clear, while you can navigate the narrow channels to find shallow-water bass action. If you’d rather stay near the groups of people, it is recommended to stay near the Clear, Caney and Twin Creeks further down the lake, where schools of white bass and hybrids are found. 18) Falcon Lake Having long been regarded as one of the best largemouth bass lakes in Texas, Falcon Lake is also home to channel and flathead catfish. This area is so impressive that to win a bass tournament here, you’d have to pull in at least a 5-6 pound average fish for your stringer. With its 78,300-surface-acre space, this area tends to be more reserved due to its secluded location. While water fluctuation and wind can make a trip here more challenging at times, the journey here is often worth it, as its a great spot for quality 2-3 pound fish. 19) Guadalupe River Stocked with freshwater trout year-round by Texas Parks and Wildlife, Guadalupe River is just a short drive from Austin. Also seeing rainbow and brown trout every fall and winter, these fish are found just below the Canyon Lake Dam. Home to native Rio Grande perch and Guadalupe bass, the river bottom here is a combination of limestone and cobble, suitable for wading. Rainbow trout is the real highlight here, and the best place on the river to go trout fishing is on the Canyon Tailrace just a few miles below Canyon Lake. Fishing enthusiasts can easily spend a day exploring the area, as the forested hills and valleys of this Texas Hill Country area is a beautiful destination in itself. 20) Colorado Bend State Park One of the most popular attractions in the area, Colorado Bend State Park provides ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. From camping to hiking, biking, caving, and swimming, you’d be hard-pressed to be bored here. This area of the river is slow-moving, where beautiful canyonlands highlight the Colorado River. Boasting six miles of river space, here anglers can cast a line for a day of peaceful nature. With some of the best bass fishing in Central Texas, you can sit back and relax and simply enjoy your surroundings. When the weather heats up, you can take a dip, go on a leisurely kayak trip, and hike to Spicewood Springs or the picturesque Gorman Falls . The perfect destination for an outdoor adventure, Blanco State Park is where families go to have a picnic, go for an afternoon swim, and prepare for a weekend of fishing. Just an hour outside of Austin and San Antonio, anglers come here for largemouth and Guadalupe bass, channel catfish, sunfish and rainbow trout. A small park that is nestled on a one-mile stretch of the Blanco River, camp out on the banks of this spring-fed gem and spend the day in nature and solitude. After you’ve caught your treasures for the day, the park offers opportunities to hike, kayak, spot wildlife and go boating with the family.