Where to fish in Houston

Learn about some of the best salt and freshwater fishing spots in Houston, one of Texas' largest metropolitan areas.

Where to fish in Houston

A look at some of the top spots to cast your line and set the hook in and near Houston.

Texas is known as a big bass state, but not always known for the quality waters to fish near major urban areas. 

Set alongside the Gulf of Mexico and dotted with beautiful bass ponds, warm water rivers and massive lakes, Houston is one of the best metropolitan fishing areas in the country.

Below we have highlighted some of the premiere fishing destinations in Houston, both fresh and salt.

1) Lake Conroe: Its waters are refreshingly clean, which makes Lake Conroe the home of many catfish. The fish here are known to be huge. Just a few years back, a 52 inch blue catfish was caught (and released) there!  Aside from catfish, there are many hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass, and bluegills. 

Lake Conroe: freshwater - catfish, striped bass, largemouth bass, and bluegills


2) Lake Livingston: If you’re just getting acquainted with fishing and are up for a bit of fun, catching White Bass in Lake Livingston might be right up your alley. This place is known for its school of white bass, blue catfish, alligator car, and largemouth bass.

Lake Livingston: freshwater - white bass, blue catfish, alligator car, and largemouth bass


3) San Jacinto River: San Jacinto River connects with two lakes. Those lakes being Lake Houston and Bear Lake.On different parts of the river, you can catch anything from a largemouth bass, to catfish. Here, there are also sunfish and redfish.

San Jacinto River: freshwater - largemouth bass, blue catfish, sunfish, red drum


4) Mary Jo Peckham Park: Mary Jo Peckham Park is the place to go for at least one guaranteed catch. Here you will catch many catfish and/or rainbow trout since this lake is routinely re-stocked with these species anywhere from one week to a full month. 

Mary Jo Peckham Park: freshwater - catfish, rainbow trout, channel catfish, largemouth bass


5) Lake Houston: The name says it all. Lake Houston has become one of the most infamous fishing spots in the Houston area. This huge lake is booming with lots of bass, catfish, and bluegill making it a top fishing spot.

Lake Houston: freshwater - bass, blue catfish, bluegill, channel catfish


6) Galveston Bay: Galveston Bay is an absolute must. From the wildlife that thrive in the bay’s mix of fresh and saltwater, to its serene waters that are not too far from the Mexican Gulf, Galveston has so much to offer! This bay is the home to many red drum, spotted sea trout, flounder, sheepshead, and black drum. 

Galveston Bay: fresh and saltwater (brackish) - red drums, spotted sea trouts, flounder, sheepshead, and black drum


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