Catfish are regularly stocked for fishing in these Texas lakes, ponds

Texas Parks and Wildlife will stock 18 locations

Youth fishing at Garner State Park. (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)

SAN ANTONIO – Thousands of catfish are expected to be stocked in neighborhood lakes across Texas through Nov. 1 as part of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Neighborhood Fishin’ program.

TPWD has been stocking catfish regularly at San Antonio’s Southside Lions Park and Miller’s Pond since early May.

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During the 2019 catfish season, Southside Lions Park was stocked with more catfish than any other lake in the program.

“Due to factors relating to COVID-19, the exact stocking dates and times for each individual NFP site are not published and are subject to change at any time,” according to TPWD’s website.

The program is part of an effort by TPWD to bring fishing experiences to urban centers and get Texas families to connect with nature.

Sites open for fishing will be stocked every other week, according to TPWD.

The sites expected to be stocked regularly, according to TPWD, are:

  • Amarillo - Medical Center South
  • Austin - Bullfrog Pond
  • Austin - Kingfisher Lake
  • College Station - Central Park Pond #1
  • Dallas/Fort Worth - Greenbriar Park (Fort Worth)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth - Hurst Chisholm Park
  • Dallas/Fort Worth - Lakeside Park (Duncanville)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth - Mesquite City Lake
  • Dallas/Fort Worth - South Lakes Park South Pond (Denton)
  • Houston - Burke-Crenshaw Lake
  • Houston - Mary Jo Peckham Park
  • Houston - Herman Little Pond
  • Houston - Missouri City C.P.L.
  • San Angelo - Oakes Street
  • San Antonio - Miller’s Pond
  • San Antonio - Southside Lions Park
  • Waco - Buena Vista Park Lake
  • Wichita Falls - South Weeks

A fishing license is required for adult anglers and can be purchased starting at $11 for a one-day, all-water access license. Children aged 16 and younger can fish for free. You can purchase a license at local retailers or online here.

Anglers no longer need to carry their paper fishing license. A legible digital photo, emailed receipt, online purchase record or digital copy of your fishing license is also acceptable.

“Stocking continues every two weeks through the month of July," TPWD spokesperson Kirk McDonnell told KSAT. "No stocking takes place in August but resumes in September and goes until early November.”

Officials with TPWD remind anglers of the following while fishing this season:

  • Keep a six-foot social distance between yourself and others.
  • Avoid crowded areas. If crowded, choose a different time or location to fish.
  • Do not touch public surfaces such as benches, railings, or water fountains.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after fishing and after touching any public surfaces.
  • Stay home if you are sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19.

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