Texas Camping and Fishing

Texas Camping and Fishing
Texas offers outdoor enthusiasts plenty of opportunities for fishing and camping. Many rivers, lakes and streams flow through state parks providing campers easy access to water activities. In many Texas state parks, you can cast a line for a variety of species, such as bass, and then retreat to a campsite to grill your catch.

State Parks

You can find campgrounds along numerous fishable lakes and rivers in many Texas state parks. The Caddo Lake State Park in Karnack has camping facilities where campers can also enjoy fishing in the 26,800-acre Caddo Lake.


Campgrounds offer varying facilities that cater to anglers including boat access, boat rentals, fishing piers and fish cleaning stations. The Guadalupe River State Park, for example, provides convenient access to the river where anglers can rent a boat and troll fish for a variety of species.

Fish Species

Texas lakes and streams contain a variety of fish species. In Caddo Lake, you can find such game fish as largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, chain pickerel, white bass, yellow bass and sunfish. In Guadalupe River, cast your lines for rainbow trout, bluegill, black bass, brown trout, smallmouth bass and many others.

Campground Amenities

While fishing and camping, take advantage of the many campground amenities available to you. Guadalupe River State Park offer campers and anglers amenities that include hiking trails, nature tours, water and electricity hookups, picnic areas, restrooms and shower facilities.


You must have a valid fishing license to fish in Texas waters. A freshwater or saltwater stamp is required to take game fish and other aquatic life statewide. You do not need a fishing license, however, if you are angling from the bank in a state park or in waters within a state park.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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