Houston’s fishing community is thriving, thanks to the many well-stocked and beautiful fishing spots in and around the city. For those who find themselves looking for a break from city life, read on to find a fishing oasis in every corner of H-town.
Lake Anahuac is part of a wildlife refuge along the Texas coastline, 45 miles east of the city. It is one of the few places with access to both saltwater and freshwater fishing. Saltwater fishing is along the East Galveston Bay 24 hours a day. Freshwater fishing is along the banks of East Bay Bayou. The area is full of white crappie, black drum, and flounder.
A far cry from a neighborhood pond, this 8-acre beauty is a prime spot for fishing, but only for those ages 12 and under, or 65 and over. Nestled in the heart of the museum district, the water is clear, and the area is well maintained as it is part of Houston’s beloved Hermann Park. The old lake was redone in 1999 to enlarge it and add safety measures.
Surrounding amenities help make this Katy park great for a family day of fishing. Enjoy pier and bank access, as well as picnic tables and a recreation center within the park. The 5-acre lake is stocked with trout in winter and catfish in summer to encourage frequent visitors. Consider this the perfect place to teach your younger family members how to fish!
On the North side of Houston, there’s Conroe. Fishing in Lake Conroe is a different experience, as its fish are known to grow to epic proportions. The biggest largemouth bass ever recorded by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department was caught at Lake Conroe, weighing in at just over fourteen pounds. A monster 52-inch blue catfish was also caught (and released) here. Head up north to try your hand at making Texas fishing history.
Tom Bass Park, just northwest of Pearland, is so expansive that is divided into three sections. All three sections have ponds with bank access, and section III has a fishing pier. Residents frequently report catching trout, catfish, and others. The size of this park helps create a more relaxing atmosphere and added space between visitors.
Next door to the Sam Houston National Forest is Lake Livingston. It is one of the largest lakes in the state of Texas. Enjoy three boat ramps, two fish cleaning stations, bank access, and a fishing pier. Lake Livingston is known for its white bass population among many species, but there is a consumption advisory currently out for the area, so “catch and release” fishing may be the best alternative until it is resolved.
If your heart is set on saltwater fishing, head to Galveston Bay. Many guides and charters make a living by taking groups out fishing on Galveston Bay, but you can also fish on your own at spots like The Galveston Fishing Pier, Eagle Point Marina, or Pelican Island. The island’s 32 miles of beaches offer direct access to one of the most sought after fishing experiences in the country - the gulf of Mexico. Fishing on the island remains active all year round, with catches varying from bull shark to flounder and redfish.
Sheldon Lake has all the perks of a state park, plus great fishing access. There are three fishing piers, plentiful access to banks, and two small ponds for young families to “catch and release” fish. The 82-foot John Jacob Observation Tower gives visitors amazing views of the surrounding wetland and lake, as well as the downtown Houston skyline and San Jacinto Monument.