It’s time to grab your poles and bait your hooks for Free Fishing Day. Hosted annually by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) on the first Saturday of June, anglers of all ages can fish without a license on any public waterbody on June 1, 2019, making this a great choice for free weekend fun in Houston and the surrounding area.
To celebrate this family-friendly holiday, TPWD and others are hosting several free events to provide fun fishing opportunities for all ages.
Here are a few of the free fishing opportunities happening around Houston this Saturday:
Who says you have to leave the city to go fishing? TPWD’s Neighborhood Fishin’ lakes give families across the state urban angling access. Take advantage of this great opportunity to catch channel catfish in Houston and several other cities.
Saltwater Fishing in Galveston and Matagorda Bays
No boat? No problem! Fishing piers are a great place for the whole family to try saltwater fishing. Several public access sites are available around the state, including at Galveston and Matagorda Bays, and all piers are wheelchair friendly.
Free Youth Fishing Event in Lake Jackson
Bring the whole family to Sea Center Texas for some catch and release action. Volunteers will be on hand to help children 16 years and under from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. When you’re done fishing, check out the aquarium and stop by the 20-foot touch pool to pet a variety of sea creatures, including blue crabs, anemones and snails.
Year-Round Fishing Opportunities
If you’re looking for fishing fun after June 1, remember that fishing is free year-round at every Texas State Park. Just pay the normal park entry fee, gather up your friends and family, and you’re ready to go!
Fishing for the first time or don’t have any gear? Not a problem – many state parks have equipment available for loan in the park. Check out the list of parks with loaner equipment to see if your local park participates, or give them a call. Huntsville State Park and Matagorda Bay Nature Park are on the list.
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