TEXAS – they say everything is bigger in Texas; well the variety of fishing options do not disappoint. 367 miles of coastline along the salty Gulf of Mexico. Pair that with freshwater lakes, steams, and rivers galore – there is no shortage of aquatic life here in Texas. Fun fact: They have 70 state parks where fishing is allowed for free!
If you head to the Gulf, you’ll find saltwater fish such as black and red drum, flounder, red snapper, and sea robins. If you choose the inland waterways; you’ll have an abundance of freshwater fish including bass, catfish, sunfish, carp, gar, and bullhead. When you think of Texas, you might normally think of BBQ. After your next visit, fishing in Texas will be at the top of your list!
Texas Fishing Tip: Fishing on the first Saturday in June of each year is also free! This exists so that people can enjoy fishing for the first time 🙂
Gear Tip: Here is my suggested reel for beginners.
Texas fishing license cost.
Texas allows you to purchase Freshwater, Saltwater or All-water licenses. Prices are differentiated for residents vs non-residents of Texas. Find the breakdown below:
Resident Fishing Licenses
- Freshwater Package – $30
- Saltwater Package – $35
- Senior Freshwater Package – $12
- Senior Saltwater Package – $17
- Senior All-water Package – $22
- Special Resident All-Water License – $7
- Year-from-Purchase All-water Package – $47
- One-Day All-water License – $11
Non-resident Fishing Licenses
- Freshwater Package – $58
- Saltwater Package – $63
- All-water Package – $68
- One-Day All-water License – $16
*Note that licenses are not required for a person under 17 years of age
Can you buy a fishing license at Walmart in Texas?
Yes, you can find obtain a Texas fishing license at your nearest Walmart store. Only a quick application is needed and driver’s license to prove your residency. The cost of a Walmart fishing license Texas will be roughly the same as listed in the local fishing guide. Fishing license Walmart costs can be found here.
Fishing licenses can be also obtained online in Texas. A $5 administrative fee will be charged online. Here’s a link to purchase a Texas fishing license online: https://tpwd.texas.gov/business/licenses/online_sales/
Enjoy fishing in Texas! If you come up short, well there’s always some good ol’ fashioned Texas BBQ 🙂