fishing spots near houston

Looking for a break from the daily routine? Fishing is a great way to get out of the house and enjoy some beautiful scenery and relaxation. It’s also the perfect activity for social distancing during these unprecedented times. Just make sure to check the status of the area you’re planning to fish before you go as some access points could be closed as things are always changing during these extraordinary times.

The best part? The Houston area has a number of great fishing spots, so there’s no need to travel far to enjoy an afternoon of angling. Just make sure you have your fishing license before you head out.

Here are some of the best fishing spots around Houston and the surrounding area.


Lake Conroe

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Less than an hour drive from Houston, Lake Conroe is a great place to catch Catfish, both for eating as well as trophy-size for bragging rights. The lake also has Largemouth Bass that can reach some impressive sizes. You may also find Hybrid Striped Bass, Bluegill, and other species.

The southern side of the lake has a lot more foot traffic and activity, so if you want to get away from everyone, you may want to head to the northern side of the lake.

When you’re done fishing for the day, you can make the short drive back to Houston or stick around to enjoy some lakeside dining, camping, and plenty of room to stretch out and have some fun.


Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

45 miles east of Houston is Lake Anahuac, offering both saltwater and freshwater fishing. You’ll be able to fish speckled trout, southern flounder, redfish, white crappie, black drum, and more at this versatile wildlife refuge.


Mary Jo Peckham Park

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This Katy park is a great place to spend a day fishing with the family. There’s pier and bank access, and the 5-acre lake is stocked with catfish during the summer. Restocking usually occurs every few weeks. Peckham is part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s “Neighborhood Fishin” Program. Children 16 and under don’t need a license to fish this spot.


McGovern Lake

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As part of Houston’s Hermann Park, this catch-and-release fishing spot is perfectly situated in the heart of the city’s museum district. There is, however, a catch. Only kids under the age of 12 and seniors over the age of 65 are allowed to fish at Bob’s Fishing Pier in McGovern Lake.


Tom Bass Park

Head down to the Pearland area to enjoy tons of pond fishing at Tom Bass Park. The massive park is split into 3 areas, each of which have their own ponds with bank access. Section III also has a fishing pier. Tom Bass Park is a great place to catch Catfish and Rainbow Trout, depending on when you go. Because of its size, it’s a great place to spread out and enjoy fishing while staying socially distant.


Galveston Bay

Many would say Galveston Bay is the best place to fish in the whole state. It’s huge and there are numerous species to fish, including Flounder, Redfish, Speckled Trout, and more. And of course, when you’re done fishing, Galveston offers all the amenities you could want for a day or weekend trip, including great restaurants, relaxing beaches, breweries, shops, lodging, and more.


Lake Livingston

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As one of the state’s biggest lakes, Lake Livingston offers great fishing opportunities. It’s one of the best places to catch Bass with Largemouths, Stripers, and White Bass available in good numbers. You can also catch Catfish, Crappie, and Sunfish on the lake.

Lake Livingston is located about an hour away from The Woodlands and offers so much more than fishing for outdoors lovers, like bird watching, boating, hiking, cycling, and many other activities that are perfect to enjoy while social distancing.


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