Travelers – and anglers – flock from near and far to the year-round warmth and sun of Texas. There is an array of things to do and see, but you just can’t resist dropping a line. Gather your gear, and head to some of the best fishing spots in Austin for a productive day on the water. Don’t forget to secure the proper Texas fishing permits before casting a line!
Kingfisher Pond & Bullfrog Pond
Both ponds are located in Travis County East Metro Park on Blake Manor Road. It’s a great place to start if you’re looking to hook catfish, rainbow trout, and others.
Head to the middle of Houston and cast a line for a special urban fishing experience. There are a variety of species to hook, but the slice of urban paradise is enough to have anglers packing up the gear for some time on the water here. Daily hours are 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. It is located in Hermann Park, which is open daily 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Lady Bird Lake
Named for the wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson, the “lake” is actually a reservoir of the Colorado River. If you’re looking to hook largemouth bass, Guadalupe bass, common carp, redear sunfish, redbreast sunfish, bluegill, and more, the waters of the lake are the perfect place. Just watch out for others enjoying recreation like paddleboarding, kayaking, and more.
Anglers in search of largemouth bass will want to head straight to the waters oof Lake Austin. It’s known for trophy-size catches measuring 8-10 pounds. Locals know the best luck will be found near underwater vegetation, and in the early morning or late evening hours when recreational boaters have abandoned the water.
McKinney Falls State Park
Located just 13 miles from Austin, the state park offers not just fishing, but also hiking, camping, mountain and road biking, and more. You could spend your entire fishing trip here if you wanted! Fish from the banks of Onion Creek for bass, sunfish, catfish, and others while you’re at it. If you need to cool off, head to the falls and take a dip – but you’ll likely need reservations in the summer months.
Walter E. Long Lake
The lake makes several lists of best fishing spots in Austin, and you’ll soon see why. This serene spot is the perfect place to cast a line. If your “fishing” turns into “catching,” you’ll likely find catfish, sunfish, largemouth, and hybrid striped bass on the end oof your line. Take a break at the picnic tables in the grassy park or take a dip in the year-round warm water. The lake functions as a power plant cooling water, keeping the fish and vegetation lush year-round.
Red Bud Isle
You and your pup may have come for some time at the dog park, but make sure to pack your fishing gear, too. The water surrounding the island is reachable by car, paddleboard, kayak, or canoe. Let your pup run for a bit, then settle down and cast a line. You’ll reel in bass, spotted gar, longnose gar, and others.
Day 3: Other Locales
The lake in Round Rock has everything an angler needs. Fish from the shore, strike out in a canoe or kayak, or fish off the end of the fishing pier. No matter where you cast your line, you can hope to hook bass, catfish, perch, and more.
Shirley McDonald Park Pond
Spend the entire day at the Round Rock park, including the pond. Cast a line in search of channel catfish, perch, and others. There’s more than fish in the water. It’s a pond frequented by ducks, turtles, and other wildlife.
Brushy Creek Lake Park
Located in Cedar Park, the last features awesome fishing, as well as park amenities like picnic tables and pavilions. No motorized boats are allowed, but you can fish from your kayak or canoe if you don’t want to cast a line from shore. You’ll find mostly bass in the water, along with a few others.
An Angler’s Journey to Austin
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