Whether you are an experienced angler, want to take the kids out for a great fishing experience, or just want a quiet place to bait your hook for a few hours of R&R, there are no shortage of fishing spots around the south Houston area. We’ve rounded up some of the best.
Of course, fishing licenses are required for all spots. Just be sure you obtain the right fishing license, depending on where you fish. Both freshwater and saltwater licenses are available. Or get an all-water fishing license if you plan on fishing both types.
Located just 8 miles west of Alvin, Chocolate Bayou eventually hits the coast and runs down to the Gulf of Mexico, making it an excellent place to fish and kayak. The variety of fish here is impressive, including a number of saltwater fish. Speckled trout, red and black drum, and flounder, to name a few. To fish here, it is recommended you get an all-water fishing license, which is good for both saltwater and freshwater fishing.
For the bayou, a kayak or canoe is a good way to catch fish, especially in shallow spots where larger boats may not be able to access. A launch ramp is located under the bridge of the FM Road 2004.
Kitty Hollow Park
Located between Southwest Houston and Sugarland, Kitty Hollow Park is a wonderful spot to catch some largemouth bass, channel catfish, white perch, carp, and blue catfish. This park also has some good hiking trails, play area for the kids, BBQ Grills and picnic tables, water fountains, sports fields, a splash pad, and dog park. So it’s a great place to bring the family and make a day of it.
Sugar Land Memorial Park
About ½ hour’s drive northwest of Alvin, Sugar Land draws outdoor enthusiasts from all over the south Texas area. Sugar Land Memorial Park near the Brazos River has a fantastic lake stocked with largemouth bass, channel fish, and blue catfish. This is also a great place to spend the day, as the park is loaded with amenities such as picnic areas, and trails. Rent a boat or plant yourself along the lake bank for the best fishing.
Brazos Bend State Park
About 45 minutes due west of Alvin, Brazos Bend State Park has three lakes of great fishing: Forty Acre, Hale, and New Horseshoe Lake. A fishing license is not required here as long as you fish within the state park boundaries, however, please adhere to any posted catch limits. You can fish from a pier or the lake bank, but no boats are permitted on the lakes. A variety of species can be caught here, such as catfish, largemouth bass, white bass, sunfish, and crappie.
Tom Bass Park
Located a short 20-mile drive north of Alive, Tom Bass Regional Park, Section III offers a 23-acre stock lake prime for fishing. Spend the afternoon at the park’s fishing pier, where you can catch rainbow trout, catfish, or largemouth bass. It’s a great place to bring the entire family, as the park has a playground, volleyball courts, a walking/jogging trail, three barbeque pavilions, and nature trails.