Looking for a FREE outdoor activity that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike? 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. It's a great way to teach patience and persistence while having fun and connecting either one on one or with the whole family. Most of the fishing spots listed here are at local parks, so it's easy to pack a picnic, let kids burn off some steam at 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.
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 is not permitted on 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.
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.
The pier at Clear Lake Park offers spectacular views and plenty of fish to catch
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.
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.
Top Photo: Fishing on Clear Creek at Challenger Seven Memorial Park. All photos by the author.