Around Houston: Fishing Spots & Offshore Fishing Guides

Galveston Fishing Pier | Courtesy of Galveston CVB

Drop a line or head out with an expert guide service for bass, catfish and more at 30+ fishing piers and lakes Around Houston.

From the depths of lake waters to slow-moving creek streams, the areas around Houston are plentiful with fishing opportunities—including in Baytown, Brazosport, Clear Lake and the Bay Area, Conroe, Galveston, Pearland, Port Arthur, Sugar Land, The Woodlands and Tomball.

Most importantly, for the realities of 2020, hitting the waters and dropping a line is a great way to escape the house and get out into the world, while enjoying some peaceful nature.

Of course, it’s also important for you to consider any health precautions before heading out. Our picks below may have certain requirements or restrictions at this moment and these things can change quickly, so be sure to contact your destination ahead of time with any questions or concerns.

Fishing License Requirements & Exceptions

Before you head out, make sure you know if a fishing license is required to drop a line in these waters. Broadly, fishing licenses are required for most fishers in public waters (which includes natural waterways and any land or water bodies that are not privately owned). Licenses are not required for anglers that are under the age of 17 or born before 1931.

Guide services are also a great way to fish without a license, as the guide’s license will cover their clients while on the waters. You can double check requirements or purchase a fishing license online by clicking here.

Quintana Beach County Park | Courtesy of Visit Brazosport

Fishing Piers, Lakes & Guide Services Around Houston



Pine Gully Park | Courtesy of the City of Seabrook

Clear Lake, Kemah, League City, Nassau Bay & Seabrook

  • Clear Lake Park – This 59-acre public park is centrally located in the Bay Area, offering extensive park amenities that include fishing piers and boat launch for prime fishing opportunities. Click here for more information.
  • David Braun Park at Lake Nassau – On the shores of Lake Nassau, this public park features an extensive boardwalk that makes for a great, relaxing fishing spot as you can also take in sailboats and motor boats off in the distance. The area also features playgrounds, sports fields and more. Click here for more information.
  • Pine Gully Park – Among the playgrounds and tree forts in the 52 acres of Pine Gully Park, a 1,000-foot fishing pier lets you drop a line for the day, or take a break and enjoy the 6-mile hiking trail loop. Click here for more information.


Galveston Island State Park | Courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife


Sea Rim State Park | Courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife


Port Arthur

  • Pleasure Island Pier – Drop a line into the waters of Sabine Lake from this popular fishing pier, or take to the miles of coastline, for speckled trout, redfish and flounder. Click here for more information.
  • Sabine Lake – Public boat ramps are available at several spots in Port Arthur, giving fishers a chance to get onto the waters of Sabine Lake for speckled trout, redfish and black drum, as well as oyster shells at the lake’s south end during the warmer months. Click here for more information.
  • Sea Rim State Park – At this stretch of state park along the Gulf coast, visitors can fish along the surf or in the marsh areas. The park also loans out fishing equipment to visitors and a license is not required to fish these waters. Click here for more information.
  • Fishing Guide Services – Casting into the waters around Port Arthur can be a relaxing retreat on its own, but if you want to get into deeper waters and bigger hauls, then a guide might offer more success. Guide services are a great way to find transport in these waters with area experts that know where different types of fish can be found. Plus, if you do not have a fishing license, then you’ll be covered by the guide’s license while on the waters. Fishing guide services in Port Arthur include Sabine Lake Guide Services, Sabine Lake Lodge, Captain Randy’s Guide Service, Golden Hook Guide Service, Lucky Lindy Charters
White Lake at Cullinan Park | Courtesy of Visit Sugar Land

Sugar Land

  • Cullinan Park – A top destination in the Greater Houston area for all-things-nature, Cullinan Park spans more than 750 acres, offering birding, hiking and fishing opportunities. Bookended by White Lake and Pumpkin Lake, both of which have fishing piers, the park is also bisected by Red Gully and Oyster Creek. Click here for more information.
  • Eldridge Park – This 43-acre community park features a fishing pier over a 5-acre pond, stocked by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department on a semi-regular basis. Click here for more information.
  • Sugar Land Memorial Park – Among its network of hiking and biking trails, this expansive park features a lake that offers fishing opportunities for Florida largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish for those with licenses. Click here for more information.
Bear Branch Reservoir | Courtesy of Visit The Woodlands

The Woodlands

  • Alden Bridge Park – The scenic pond at Alden Bridge Park offers a chance to drop a hook for bluegill and bass that inhabit the waters here, as well as the occasional catfish. Click here for more information.
  • Bear Branch Reservoir – More experienced fishers (and those with a license) will find large bass lurking in these waters near Kuykendahl Road. By boat or kayak is the best way to get into the reservoir, though there is a lot of weeds, plants and other muck that might make paddling challenging at times. Click here for more information.
  • Creekwood Park – Home of the annual fishing derby in March, this pond belongs to one of The Woodlands’ very first public parks and offers up bass, catfish and more. Click here for more information.
  • Northshore Park – On the north side of Lake Woodlands, the waters near the Lake Woodlands Drive bridge are known to foster channel catfish, bass, crappie and others. Head out on a boat for some deeper waters and other catches. Click here for more information.
  • Southshore Park – This popular park is known for its lake serpent that pokes through the water’s surface, but you can also head to the spillway and dam area to fish for catfish, white bass, crappie and gar in these catch-and-release waters. Click here for more information.
  • Tamarac Park – Near the Woodlands Parkway, this park features two ponds that can sometimes offer up bass, catfish and perch. Click here for more information.
Peaceful fishing at Theis Attaway Nature Center | Courtesy of the City of Tomball


61st Street Pier in Galveston | Courtesy of 61st Street Pier

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