Thousands of catfish are being stocked at four Houston-area fishing reservoirs, according to a press release from Texas Parks and Wildlife.
There are 18 Neighborhood Fishin’ Lakes across Texas, including five in Dallas-Fort Worth and two each in Austin and San Antonio. Amarillo, College Station, San Angelo, Waco, and Wichita Falls all have reservoirs.
The program helps families and friends to stick close to home while still getting some fresh air and a chance to catch a catfish.
“Neighborhood Fishin’ lakes are conveniently situated in urban and suburban areas so Texans don’t have to fly to enjoy a great experience,” said Craig Bonds, Director of Inland Fisheries. “Catfish are enjoyable and simple to catch for anglers of all ages and levels of experience. There are excellent places to start fishing if you’ve never done so before.
According to the press release, channel catfish will be sent to each of the lakes every two weeks until the end of October, with a short hiatus during the summer months.
In the neighborhood In addition to fishing, fishing lakes are located in city and county parks with adequate parking, bathrooms, lighting, and other recreational facilities.
Anglers are allowed to keep up to five catfish of any size per day, with no minimum length requirement. Cleaning tables are available near some locations to make it easier for families to clean their catch.
Children under 17 fish for free, but a fishing license is required for all adults who fish. Fishing licenses can be purchased for as little as $11 for “one-day, all-water” access.
All proceeds go toward the management and conservation of the fish and their habitats.
To find the Neighborhood Fishin’ lake near you or to sign up for email updates, visit www.neighborhoodfishing.org.