SAN ANTONIO – Grab your fishing gear because it’s almost time for catfish stocking season for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Neighborhood Fishin’ program.
TPWD will stock catfish in 18 lakes across Texas starting April 21 through October 27, including two lakes in San Antonio.
Miller’s Pond, located at 6175 Old Pearsall Road, and Southside Lions Park, located at 3100 Hiawatha Street will be stocked periodically through October, with the exception of August when water temperatures are too high.
TPWD’s recommended catfish bait includes strong-smelling baits like nightcrawlers, chicken livers, shrimp, stinkbait, or cut hot dogs.
Unlike years past, exact dates and times for the catfish stockings will not be posted. Southside Lions Park has historically been stocked with more catfish than any other lake in the program.
Inland Fisheries San Antonio District typically stocks the local lakes and will sometimes post updates on social media when they are stocking certain bodies of water.
Last year Inland Fisheries San Antonio District stocked rainbow trout, catfish and largemouth bass in half a dozen lakes around the San Antonio area.
The Neighborhood Fishin’ program is part of an effort by TPWD to bring fishing experiences to urban centers and get Texas families to connect with nature.
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.
No more than two poles per person can be used in Neighborhood Fishin’ lakes.
Bag limits are five per day for channel and blue catfish. There is no minimum length limit. Each person fishing is entitled to their own daily bag limit.