Neighborhood Fishin'

The Neighborhood Fishin’ Program provides family fishing opportunities close to home for city-dwelling Texans. Fourteen neighborhood lakes receive frequent stockings of catfish in summer and rainbow trout in winter, which makes for good fishing throughout the season.

Stocking Schedules
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

Urban Area Lake Location Contact
Amarillo Medical Center South From Interstate 40 take Coulter Street north to Wallace Blvd. and turn east into the Medical Center complex. Charlie Munger
(806) 655-4341
Austin Bullfrog Pond In Travis County East Metropolitan Park on Blake-Manor Road off FM 973 Marcos De Jesus
(512) 353-0072
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. Jeff Henson
(979) 822-5067
Dallas-Fort Worth Lakeside Park In Duncanville near Cedar Ridge and Camp Wisdom Road Rafe Brock
(817) 732-0761
Dallas-Fort Worth Greenbriar Park In Fort Worth north of I-20, west side of Hemphill Street Rafe Brock
(817) 732-0761
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. Rafe Brock
(817) 732-0761
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 Rafe Brock
(817) 732-0761
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. Rafe Brock
(817) 732-0761
Houston Tom Bass I Tom Bass Regional Recreation Center in south Houston Mark Webb
(979) 272-1430
Houston Mary Jo Peckham Park 5597 Gardenia Lane in Katy Mark Webb
(979) 272-1430
San Antonio Miller’s Pond 6075 Old Pearsall Road on southwest side of town Randy Myers
(210) 348-6455
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. Randy Myers
(210) 348-6455
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. John Provine
(254) 666-5190
Wichita Falls South Weeks Park 2005 Southwest Parkway, corner of Southwest Parkway and Stone Lake Road Robert Mauk
(940) 766-2383