Best Fishing Spots around Houston for Kids and Families
Who's ready for a FREE outdoor activity that can be enjoyed by kids and adults together? Grab a pole and head to one of these fabulous fishing spots, where the fish are plentiful and families can enjoy being outdoors together. Fishing can foster a sense of achievement and accomplishment in kids, is a great way to teach patience and persistence, and gets a gold star as a COVID-friendly, socially distant outdoor activity. Most of the fishing spots listed below are at local parks, so you can pack a picnic, let the kids burn off steam at some awesome playgrounds, and spend the day with a fishing pole in hand.
While these ponds and lakes offer free fishing, please note that adults ages 17 and older must possess a valid fishing license, unless fishing inside of a state park, per the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife. Be sure to note any posted regulations for specific parks relating to catch limits or catch and release requirements.
Bob's Fishing Pier at McGovern Lake. Photo courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Fishing in Central Houston with Kids
Bane Park Lake - Houston
9600 West Little York Road
This park's lake is stocked yearly with rainbow trout. Park-goers can also fish for bluegill, catfish, and largemouth bass. Swimming, boating, canoeing, and kayaking are not permitted on this lake. Fishers are asked to practice catch-and-release fishing at this lake.
McGovern Lake - Houston
1700 Hermann Drive
Fishers ages 12 and younger and 65 and older can enjoy fishing off of Bob's Fishing Pier on the western side of McGovern Lake in Hermann Park. Catch and release is recommended.
Eldridge Park Pond. Photo courtesy of the City of Sugar Land
Fishing West of Houston
Mary Jo Peckham Park - Katy
5597 Gardenia Lane
There are so many fun things to do with kids in Katy, and fishing at Mary Jo Peckham Park is definitely one of them. Fishers are limited to five bass and rainbow trout per day, but can catch an unlimited amount of catfish.
American Legion Park - Missouri City
4015 Lexington Blvd.
With more than nine acres of surface water for fishing, this park is perfect for freshwater fishing. Fishers can choose to fish from the banks or from two floating fishing piers.
Eldridge Park Pond - Sugar Land
2511 Eldridge Road
This Sugar Land park boasts a large fishing pier on a well-stocked fishing pond, as well as a playground area and multiple spots for picnicking.
Tom Bass Regional Park - Pearland
While you can enjoy bank fishing at all three sections of this large park in Pearland, section III features a fishing pier. Catch trout and catfish and then take a hike or have a picnic at this spacious park.
Fishing on Clear Creek at Challenger Seven Memorial Park. Photo by Ashley Jones
Fishing in South Houston with Kids
Burke Crenshaw Park - Pasadena
4950 Burke Road
A fishing pier extending out over a large pond makes this park ideal for fishing. Walking trails surrounding the pond are great for scenic strolls before or after catching fish.
Challenger Seven Memorial Park - Webster
2301 West NASA Blvd.
This scenic park offers pier and bank fishing on Clear Creek, as well as a large stocked fishing pond near the entrance of the park.
Carver Park - Texas City
6615 Park Avenue
This 23-acre park boasts a large fishing pond for fishers of all ages in addition to a splash pad, playground, pavilion, and basketball courts.
Clear Lake Park - Seabrook
5001 NASA Pkwy.
Located in scenic Seabrook, Clear Lake Park offers fishing off of a pier extending out into Clear Lake, as well as bank fishing into the brackish waters containing a variety of fish.
Sheldon Lake State Park. Photo by Earl Nottingham/Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept
Fishing East of Houston
Dwight D. Eisenhower Park - Houston
1300 Aqueduct Road
Dwight D. Eisenhower Park in northeast Houston provides a scenic background for fishing enthusiasts with many trees lining the banks of the San Jacinto River.
Sheldon Lake State Park - Houston
14140 Garrett Road
The Sheldon Lake banks offer bank fishing to all fishers with proper fishing licenses. Children 12 and under can participate in free catch and release fishings in both of the park's stocked fishing ponds as well.
Herman Brown Park Pond - Houston
400 Mercury Drive
This stocked fishing pond is located in picturesque Herman Brown Park surrounded by miles of walking and jogging trails.
Originally published August 20, 2018 and updated periodically