June 2-10 is National Fishing and Boating Week. In honor of the week TCiN has put together a list of great places to go fishing and boating with your family. Fishing is a great way to spend time together enjoying a relaxing outdoor sport, while also sharing an important life skill. Not sure how to fish? Texas Parks and Wildlife Angler Education program can help with that. TPWD also has Boater Education classes and information as well.
Texas has thousands of miles of creeks, rivers, lakes and coastal waters to cast a line in or take a boat, canoe, kayak or stand up paddle board out for a spin. When you are out recreating with your family, please make sure you follow some simple safety tips.
1. Always wear a size appropriate life jacket when on the water. Children can slip through adult life jackets, so make sure you have one that fits their height and build
2. Wear sunscreen or a sun shirt and a hat
3. When children or adults are in the water, cut the motor of the boat
4. Avoid rushing or swift water- especially for children
5. If you plan on being gone all day on a boat or fishing, let someone know where you are going and when you plan on returning
6. Check the weather, if you hear thunder get out of the water right away
7. Take plenty of water for you and your family
8. Make sure you and your family have a fishing license. Children ages under the age of 17 do not need a license. Find all the fishing rules and regulations here.
Now that you have some tips for being safe, here are some fun places to explore to fish or boat in Texas. Remember, water levels will vary throughout the year depending on the weather.
There are Neighborhood Fishing Lakes located across the state that are regularly stocked with fish.
Lake Bastrop North Shore LCRA Park- Bastrop, TX
Devils River State Park- Del Rio, TX
Guadalupe River State Park- Spring Branch, TX
Cedar Creek Lake- Gun Barrel City, TX
Lake O’ The Pines- East Texas
Choke Canyon Reservoir - Three Rivers, TX
Caddo Lake State Park- Karnack, TX
Inks Lake State Park- Burnet, TX
Lake Allen Henry - Lubbock, TX
Lake Travis - Austin, TX
When enjoying water sports in Texas, its always a good idea to have some basic swimming skills. YMCAs, Red Cross and other organizations offer swim lessons for children and adults.