Fishing is probably one of the most popular of recreational sports in the country. Now good folks of the Texas State Parks are encouraging all to come and dip a line for free. Texas Parks & Wildlife has waived the normal fishing license and stamp requirements for anyone fishing inside the property boundary of a Texas state park. Once you've paid your park entrance fees, you don't needs a fishing license or stamp, whether freshwater or saltwater, adult or child, as long as you're inside the state park. Still, you've got to draw the line somewhere: Bag limits, length limits, and other regulations will still apply, and be enforced.
You'll be able to fish from the bank, a pier, river or creek fishing, and fish from a boat, if the water body is fully contained within the state park boundary. You can even wadefish in coastal state parks along park property.
Take advantage the Free Fishing in State Parks program at more than 50 state parks, and at numerous Wildlife Management Areas across Texas. The state plans fishing events throughout the year to add to the excitement—from kids’ fishing derbies to “Learn to Fish” seminars. Some parks will be providing loaner equipment and bait: just call ahead to ask.