Fishing in Texas is like surfing in California or museum hopping in DC, you simply have to do it! The state of Texas is known for its huge size, it’s hot weather and its historic accolades. The second largest state in the USA, Texas has diverse geography of hills, valleys, woods, and mountains. Texas is also home to 36 rivers and more than 6,500 lakes, meaning there’s ample opportunity to put out a line. But before you head off on your first fishing adventure, take note of these top tips.
Don’t know your bait casting rod from your spin jig? Don’t worry. For your first time out on the water, it’s a good idea to keep it simple. Assuming you’re fishing in freshwater from a lake or a riverside, here’s a list of must-have gear.
With your gear checklist ticked off, you need to learn how to set up your rod. This handy guide shows you how to make cinch knot and tie on your hook, weight, and bobber.
Always check the weather before organizing a fishing trip so you have at least a vague idea of what to expect. Texas is known for its humid summers but out on the water conditions can change quickly. Take a few layers of clothes, not only for warmth but to protect your skin from the sun. Wear sunscreen and take extra so you can reapply throughout the day.
Wear sunglasses, preferably those with polarized lenses which minimize glare from the reflection of the water while protecting your eyes. If you’ve got standard lenses you can always upgrade to polarised lenses here. Make sure you wear a hat with a peak or wide brim to further protect yourself while being in the sun.
There are many fish species native to Texas but some find themselves on the end of a fishing line more than others. Here are a few of the most common catches in Texas waters:
You must have a license to fish for sports or fun in any public water in Texas. This applies to all methods of fishing and is enforced whether you actually take the fish you catch or release them. There are a number of exceptions to this rule, however. Anyone under the age of 17 doesn’t need a fishing license, for example. Anyone born before January 1st, 1931 is also exempt. See the Texas government website for more details.
There are around 1.67 million fishing licenses purchased in Texas each year, more than any other state. Follow our top tips to make your first time fishing a success!