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Texas Parks & Wildlife Announces Free Fishing in State Parks

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Bring the family and gear up to go fishing! America’s favorite pastime is now more accessible than ever before! Texas Department of Wildlife offers an awesome year-round program that allows anyone who pays to enter any Texas State Park to fish without a license or stamp required, according to the Texas Parks & Wildlife website.

“Free fishing applies to fishing in rivers and creeks, from bank or pier. You can also wade fish in the surf along the shore of our coastal state parks. You may be able to fish for free from a boat on lakes or ponds that are fully enclosed in a state park.” There are important restrictions to keep in mind so be sure and check with the state park prior to your visit.”

Don’t have gear? Don’t let that stop you! Most state parks even have loaner equipment for use if you are short on equipment. Contact the individual park before your visit to be sure.

Considering there are over 70 state parks and wildlife areas across the state, there are endless opportunities to take advantage of. So grab your reel and go wet those hooks! For a complete list of state parks check out the website here.