The Neighborhood Fishin’ Program provides family fishing opportunities close to home for city-dwelling Texans. Eighteen neighborhood lakes receive frequent stockings of catfish in summer and rainbow trout in winter, which makes for good fishing throughout the season.
TPWD will stock 12-inch channel catfish in these lakes beginning the third week in April and continuing approximately every two weeks through early November, except during August. The department has not scheduled stockings for that month because of the potential for heat-related water quality problems. Rainbow trout stocking begins in late November or early December, when water temperatures are cool enough to be comfortable for trout. Stocking will continue every two weeks until March.
The following regulations apply to lakes in the Neighborhood Fishin’ Program:
Fishing is by pole and line only. An angler may fish with no more than two poles. (The two-pole limit does not apply at Oakes Street Lake.) For channel and blue catfish the bag limit is five fish per day, and there is no minimum length limit. For trout, the daily bag limit is five fish with no minimum length limit. Adults need a fishing license with freshwater stamp endorsement. Kids under 17 fish for free. The annual Free Fishing Day offers a special opportunity for people who want to give fishing a try before buying a license. On the first Saturday in June, nobody needs a license to fish in Texas public waters.
Neighborhood Fishin’ Locations
|Abilene||Grover Nelson Park Small Pond||In Grover Nelson Park/Abilene Zoo near intersection of SE 11th Street and Loop 322. Small Pond is situated between two larger lakes.|
|Amarillo||Medical Center South||From Interstate 40 take Coulter Street north to Wallace Blvd. and turn east into the Medical Center complex.|
|In Travis County East Metropolitan Park on Blake-Manor Road off FM 973|
|College Station||Central Park Pond #1||Take Harvey Road exit off Hwy 6 East Bypass and continue south on the service road. Park entrance is on the right just past Krenak-Tapp Road.|
|Dallas-Fort Worth||Lakeside Park||In Duncanville near Cedar Ridge and Camp Wisdom Road|
|Dallas-Fort Worth||Greenbriar Park||In Fort Worth north of I-20, west side of Hemphill Street|
|Dallas-Fort Worth||Chisholm Park||In Hurst; from Hwy 183 east of Fort Worth, go north on Norwood. After crossing Harwood, look for park on east side of road.|
|Dallas-Fort Worth||Mesquite City Lake||From I-635 take Military Pkwy-Scyene Rd. exit and go east. Turn south on Galloway and west on Holley Street|
|Dallas-Fort Worth||South Lakes Park Pond||In Denton; from I-35E go south on FM 2181 and turn west on Hobson Lane. Look for park on north side of road.|
|Houston||Community Park Lake||1700 Glenn Lakes Lane, Missouri City|
|Houston||Mary Jo Peckham Park||5597 Gardenia Lane in Katy|
|San Angelo||Oakes Street Lake||396 S. Irving Street; downtown on the North Concho River between Oakes and Irving|
|San Antonio||Miller’s Pond||6075 Old Pearsall Road on southwest side of town|
|San Antonio||Southside Lion's Park||On southeast side. From Southcross Blvd, turn north on Pecan Valley Drive and go 0.5 mile. Turn right on Hiawatha Street to reach the lake.|
|Tyler||Woldert Park Pond||501 W. 32nd Street downhill from Glass Recreation Center. From WNW Loop 323 turn south on Broadway, go 0.9 miles and turn right onto West 32nd.|
|Waco||Buena Vista Park||From Loop 340 on the east side of Bellmead, turn west on Kendall Lane, go 2-3 blocks and turn left on Crow Drive.|
|Wichita Falls||South Weeks Park||2005 Southwest Parkway, corner of Southwest Parkway and Stone Lake Road|