Do you want to get away from the stress of city living without traveling very far from home? If so, then one activity to consider is fishing. All it takes is a simple rod and reel and a small pond or lake stocked with fish and you’re ready for an afternoon of relaxation. The Houston area has a remarkable number of places for fishing and most every resident of the city is located within a few miles of one of a lake or pond teaming with fish. Here are the top spots to go fishing near Houston:
Tom Bass Park
3452 Fellows Park Road
Houston, TX 77047
(713) 433-0134
hcp1.net/Parks/TomBass

Located south of downtown near Beltway 8 and state route 288, Tom Bass Park is considered the fishing headquarters for Houston residents. Named after a local statesman, Tom Bass Park is a popular place for fishing and it’s common to find people encircling the edges of the central lake, with fishing poles in hand. Tom Bass Park is also nice for its other amenities, including a playground, golf course, jogging paths, and dog park. Ducks and turtles share the small lake with the fish so don’t be surprised if the wildlife beats you to the punch and snags a fish before you do.There are plenty of fish to go around though at Tom Bass Park, one of the Houston area’s best places to fish.

McGovern Lake
6001 Fannin
Houston, TX 77030
(832) 395-7000
houstontx.gov/hermannpark

Located within Hermann Park near the Houston Zoo and Museum District, McGovern Lake is an urban oasis and a great place for both young and old to reel in a prize catch. This seven acre lake is well stocked with fish and kept clean and presentable by park regulators. Bluegill and bass are the primary fish found in McGovern Lake and the lake even rents paddle boats for some relaxing time on the water. McGovern Lake is recognized by many Houston natives as the lake right next to the Houston Zoo entrance and it’s a popular stopping point before or after a visit to the Zoo.

Bane Park Lake
9600 W. Little York Road
Houston, TX 77040
(281) 353-4196
hcp4.net/Community/Parks/Bane

Your place for outdoor fun, Bane Park Lake is located inside Bane Park on Houston’s northwest side. The park itself features a splash pad, playground, horseshoe pits, picnic tables, and grills for a complete outdoor excursion close to home. The lake is stocked with several types of fish including rainbow trout, bluegill, largemouth bass, and catfish. Bane Park Lake is wheelchair accessible and everyone is welcome to cast their rod and reel and see what type of fish they can hook. It’s a fun, family oriented lake with much to offer for an afternoon entertainment close to home.

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Eisenhower Park
13400 Aqueduct Road
Houston, TX 77044
(281) 591-6951
hcp1.net/Parks/DwightDEisenhower

Eisenhower Park is a large park with open spaces, fresh air, and plenty of trees. It is located on the south coast of Lake Houston, one of the areas largest lakes, and besides picnicking and hiking, fishing is a top attraction. Largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill are common fish to find in Lake Houston and anglers often set a goal to catch at least one of each type of fish. The green space at Eisenhower Park is plentiful and the natural beauty often surprises first time visitors, many of whom are completely unaware that something like this exists so close to the city.

Sheldon Lake State Park
14140 Garret Road
Houston, TX 77044
(281) 456-2800
tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/sheldon-lake

State parks have much to offer and Sheldon Lake State Park is the closest state park to downtown Houston. Located northeast of the city, Sheldon Lake State Park features two large ponds stocked with trout and other fish. Boating is popular in this park and bank fishing is permitted all year with the proper license. Guests can sight-see as they fish, but be mindful of alligators, which are common to the park. Sheldon Lake State Park is just minutes from downtown Houston and it’s one of the best places in Houston for fishing and other outdoor activities.

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