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8 Best Fishing Spots in Houston To Visit

Houston is a great place to do a lot of fun activities. But if you wish to get away and relax, fishing here is a terrific choice.

What’s the best part? A good number of wonderful fishing places in the area are just waiting for you. You can have a good time fishing and enjoy these perfect spots by yourself, your family, and even your friends. 

While you might not believe a city like Houston is ideal for fishing, you’d be surprised at how many wonderful sites are just a short drive away.

Here, we’ll give you the list of the best fishing spots around and near Houston to catch rainbow trout, spotted sea trout, channel catfish, and more. 

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Best Fishing Spots in Houston Area

1. Lake Conroe

Lake Conroe, located less than an hour near Houston, is an excellent site to catch catfish, both for eating and bragging rights. Largemouth Bass can also be found in the lake, and they can grow to be quite large.

Other species include Bluegill, Hybrid Striped Bass, and others. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has captured a largemouth bass weighing close to 16 pounds in this lake. 

Additionally, the southern side of the lake has a lot more activities, and foot traffic, so if you’d like to get away from it all, walk to the northern side of the lake.

When you’re finished for the day, you either head back to Houston or stay for some camping, lakeside dining, and lots of room to relax and enjoy yourself.

2. Galveston Bay

Along the Texas Gulf Coast, many people consider Galveston Bay the best fishing spot. You can go to fishing spots like Galveston Fishing Pier, Eagle Point Fishing Camp, and Pelican Island. It’s large, and there are a variety of fish to catch, including flounder, redfish, and speckled trout. 

The island’s several miles of beaches provide direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, one of the country’s most popular fishing destinations. Fishing on the island remains active all year, with catches ranging from bull sharks to flounder and redfish. 

When you’re done fishing, Galveston Bay has everything you need for a day or a weekend getaway, including amazing restaurants, shops, accommodation, calm beaches, fine breweries, and more.

If you’re new to fishing, what’s great is that many operators bring large groups of tourists to Galveston Bay to fish.

3. Mary Jo Peckham Park

Why not take your family to Mary Jo Peckham Park for a fun and productive weekend? This park is located in Katy, Texas, about a half-hour drive near Houston, and offers both fishing pier and bank access. 

Part of the Texas Parks, the spot is a terrific area to go fishing with many people. In the winter, fish for enormous rainbow trout and some catfish in the summer.

The surrounding amenities make this fishing spot great for every angler. There are picnic tables and a recreation center to encourage frequent visitors within the park. Consider Mary Jo Peckham Park as the ideal location for your family to experience fishing for the first time. 

4. Lake Anahuac

Near Houston, you can also go freshwater fishing at Lake Anahuac. It’s part of a wildlife refuge almost 47 miles (75 in kilometers) west of Houston along the Texas coastline and only half an hour from Baytown.

You can go freshwater fishing here and catch largemouth bass, alligator gar, and blue catfish in great numbers. 

At Skillern Tract, three fishing piers and a concrete bridge run along the East Bay Bayou and provide excellent fishing for anglers without a boat.

You can enjoy finding redfish, speckled trout, southern flounder, and black drum along the East Galveston Bay. Parking and several trails are available amenities in the area. It’s one of the few areas where you can go saltwater fishing. 

5. Lake Livingston

As part of the state’s largest lakes, next to Sam Houston National Forest, Lake Livingston provides excellent fishing opportunities. Largemouths, White Bass, and Stripers are plentiful, making it one of the greatest spots to catch bass.

The lake contains a huge white bass population and is a notable catfish fishery area. You can also catch sunfish and crappie out here.

Don’t have any fishing equipment? At the park store, you can borrow cane fishing poles. Also, there are three boat ramps, two fish cleaning stations, a fishing pier, and bank access in Lake Livingston.

Lake Livingston is about an hour’s drive from The Woodlands and provides outdoor enthusiasts much more than fishing, including bird watching, boating, hiking, cycling, and various other activities ideal for social distancing.

6. Tom Bass Park

Tom Bass Park in the Pearland area is a great place to go pond fishing. The vast park has three sections with associated pond and bank access. There is also a fishing pier in the third section. Depending on the year, Tom Bass Park is an excellent area for catching trout and catfish. 

The park helps create a relaxing ambiance and more space for visitors. As you look into the place, it’s a terrific area to outstretch and enjoy fishing while being temporarily away from home.

7. McGovern Lake

This catch-and-release fishing area in Houston’s Hermann Park is ideal for fishing away from a neighborhood pond. But only for individuals aged 12 and under or 65 and over, particularly at Bob’s Fishing Pier in McGovern Lake. 

The water is pure, and the area is carefully maintained as it is part of Houston’s famed Hermann Park, located in the center of the museum district. In 1999, the previous lake was redesigned to increase its size and include safety controls.

8. Double Lake

The calm and scenic Double Lake, located about an hour north of Houston, is filled with bream, bass, and catfish. This lake near Houston includes three fishing piers and a little boat ramp, ideal for groups with younger family members. 

Only boats with small motors and canoes are permitted on the lake. Hiking trails and lovely campsites are also found in the neighboring Double Lake Recreation Area.

Bonus Spot

Sheldon Lake has all of the benefits of a state park and a great fishing experience. In this state park, three fishing piers, ample bank access, and two small ponds for kids to catch and release fish are available. 

The 82-foot John Jacob Observation Tower offers spectacular views of the surrounding wetland and lake, as well as the downtown Houston skyline and the San Jacinto Monument. All anglers with valid fishing license are welcome to go bank fishing here. 

Other places great for fishing include Pine Gully Park and San Jacinto River.

Final Thoughts

Now, those are the best fishing spots you need to catch up in the Houston area. Go for some scenic strolls and enjoy all the amenities available to explore all fishing styles. A great fishing experience starts from the best fishing spot you’ll be landing on.

Make sure to make the most of this list. We hope this helps you identify which spot would be perfect for your fishing activity. 

Do not forget to bring your fishing license!

Johanes Godoy
Fishing Editor
Johanes is a talented Editor for Cast & Spear. She's helped edit and write hundreds of articles on fishing and the outdoors. When she's not editing, she's exploring the world and documenting it on her own blog.
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