6 locations near Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander Fishing; Plus information about what you can catch and obtaining a license

Fishing experienced a renaissance during the first two years of the coronavirus pandemic.According to a 2022 report by the Outdoor Foundation and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Association, nearly 5 million people fished at least once in the United States in 2020 versus 2019.

Although not as popular as it was in 2020, 2021 still saw 2.3 million more people than 2019.

There is no shortage of fisheries nearby for residents looking to try a new hobby or test out the fishing skills they acquired during the pandemic. Those looking for a family outing will find plenty of fishing spots with facilities and short walks to the water.

State and city parks, streams, and lakes provide opportunities for catching a variety of fish species.

As Central Texas gets cooler for the rest of the year, many species of fish will become more aggressive in their feeding habits, and the chance of a good catch will rebound.

Where to fish locally

1. Devine Lake

1807 Waterfall Drive, Leander


Feature: Picnic area and trails

2. Lakewood Lake

2040: Crossing Artesian Springs, Leander


Perks: Fishing pier, kayak, and paddle board rentals

3. Shirley MacDonald Park Pond

4390 Brushy Creek Rd., Round Rock


Feature: duck pond, channel catfish and perch point

4. Berry Springs Mill Pool

1801 CR 152, Georgetown

Cost: $50 for annual admission to the park

Feature: A fire pit, an amphitheater, and donkeys to pet

5. San Gabriel Park

445 E. Morrow Street, Georgetown


Feature: Pavilions, Walking Trails, Family Friendly

6. Blue Hole Park Lake

100 Blue Hole Park, Georgetown


Feature: Stunning views, picnic area


What can you catch locally?

largemouth bass | Spotted Bass | Guadalupe bass

Common in central Texas waters, some sea bass can grow to over 10 pounds depending on the body of water. Guadalupe bass, a rare species and state fish of Texas, can be caught in some of the local waters. Bass can be caught with many artificial baits and live baits, such as worms and roaches.


These highly resistant fish can be spotted in some Austin-area waterways. They are mostly vegan – canned corn is a popular bait choice. A 44-pound carp was caught in Lady Bird Lake in 2021, according to TPWD. In partnership with TPWD, the City of Austin has released tens of thousands of sterilized grass carp into Lake Austin to control the aquatic plant Hydrilla.

Bluegill and other fish (such as pumpkinseed, red sunfish, and crappie)

These are abundant in ponds, streams, rivers, and lakes across central Texas. Panfish angling is a perfect activity for kids as the fish are small enough to be caught using light-up gear. Maggots, artificial jig worms, live worms, and small pieces of sandwich bread are effective baits.


They can be found in many fisheries in the Austin area. The main species caught are bottle catfish, blue and flathead catfish. Catfish are generally caught using strong-smelling baits such as chicken livers, dead sunfish, or sausage. The TPWD record for the largest blue catfish ever caught in Walter E. Long Lake was set in 2002 when a fisherman brought in a 60-pounder.

Obtain a hunting license

Fishing licenses are required for anglers 17 years of age or older to fish in public waters in Texas with a few exceptions. Licenses are not required for hunting in state parks.

The cost of the license depends on the state of residence in the country, fresh water or salt water, and the length of the term. For example, the annual freshwater fishing license is $30 and is valid from purchase through August 31. A one-day pass for any type of water is $11 for Texas residents.

Licensing regulations can be found at www.tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/licenses. A license can be purchased online or in person at participating retailers.

What’s in your tackle box?

Make sure to include a file Weight On the catfish platform to sink the bait to the bottom where the catfish like to dwell. Hook on a round hook so grabbing at the corner of the mouth is simple.

Hollow body frog The lures float and are perfect for eliciting acrobatic and leaping bites from bass. Make sure to work the lure over the water lilies and surface plants.

Soft plastic magic They come in endless shapes and sizes. Meant to mimic bait fish, lobster, or insects, the plastic will catch all types of sunfish and bass.

crankbaits bobbing underwater while retrieving it. Running the bait into the rocks and making noise attracts feedback from the bass.

dances They come in various forms, and choosing the most effective one depends on water temperature, water visibility, type of bait present, underwater structure and other factors.

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