AUSTIN – Texas offers a Free Fishing Day on the first Saturday in June every year to help kick off National Fishing and Boating Week. On this day anglers can fish on any public waterbody in the state without a fishing license.
To help celebrate Free Fishing Day, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and other organizations are hosting many free events around the state on Saturday, June 1, 2019, to provide fun, high quality fishing opportunities to anglers of all skill levels and all ages.
Here are 10 fun ways families can celebrate Free Fishing Day in Texas:
Try Saltwater Fishing from a Pier – Wheelchair accessible fishing piers are available for public use up and down the coast. Fishing piers are a great place for the whole family to try saltwater fishing without the need for boat. Public access sites can be found in each bay system here.
Kick Off Neighborhood Fishin’ in Northern Houston: The Timberlane Utility District and TPWD have partnered to bring a new Neighborhood Fishin’ program site to Spring-area residents. Anglers of all ages are invited to attend the official launch of Neighborhood Fishin’ at Herman Little Park 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 1 to fish for channel catfish and enjoy the outdoors.
Compete in a catfishing tournament – The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens is celebrating Free Fishing Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 1 with free admission, free food and drinks and free entry into a kid’s catfish tournament with all tackle and bait provided. Anglers may fish as individuals or as teams with an adult assisting a child to win fun prizes.
After fishing, visitors can explore a vast array of aquatic exhibits, watch