Texans gear up for Free Fishing Day

Staff Reports
Posted 6/2/20

Each year, the calendar’s turn from May to June symbolizes Free Fishing Day in the state of Texas, in which Texans can fish on any public body of water in the state without a fishing license.

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Texans gear up for Free Fishing Day

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Each year, the calendar’s turn from May to June symbolizes Free Fishing Day in the state of Texas, in which Texans can fish on any public body of water in the state without a fishing license.

The day is reserved for the first Saturday in June, or this Saturday (June 6). In a May 29 press release, Texas Parks and Wildlife released a list of multiple resources to ensure maximum enjoyment and high-quality fishing opportunities for anglers of all skills and ages.

“Free Fishing Day is a wonderful opportunity for anglers to share knowledge, skills, equipment and a love for fishing with a new participant, yet it is also more than that,” said Craig Bonds, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department inland fisheries director. “We hope those trying fishing on this special day will also learn that purchasing a license is an act of conservation. A fishing license purchase is one of the simplest and most effective ways people can support fisheries science and management.”

Fishing for beginners: individuals can learn the basics of fishing through a variety of tips and videos. Resources for how to get started, safety, supplies and gear, casting and baiting and cleaning and storing fish can be found on the TPWD Learn to Fish homepage.

Find a place close to home: Texas offers numerous lakes and rivers that the public can access to fish throughout the state. Check out the May issue of Fish Texas to learn more about how you can find the perfect spot nearby! Included in this issue is the Lake Finder where anglers can Search by region or alphabetically if you have a specific lake already in mind. Access to information and fishing tips on more than 150 lakes are available. Also, check out community fishing lakes which can be great options as well.

Saltwater fishing from a pier: There are numerous fishing piers that are wheelchair accessible and available for public use up and down the coast. Piers are a great place for the entire family to try saltwater fishing without the need for a boat. Public access sites can be found in every bay system.

If you plan on fishing in federal waters, keep in mind that a license is needed for the private recreational angler red snapper season, which began June 1.

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