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Texans can cast a line with no license on Free Fishing Day, June 5

Anglers in Texas can fish without a license on any public body of water June 5 during the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's annual Free Fishing Day. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

You don't need a fishing license in Texas on Saturday, June 5, to drop a line in any public body of water in the state. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is holding its annual Free Fishing Day.

“Free Fishing Day is a wonderful opportunity for anglers to share their knowledge, skills, equipment, and love for fishing with a new participant, yet it’s also more that that,” said Craig Bonds, the department's Inland Fisheries director. “We hope those trying fishing on this special day will also learn that purchasing a (fishing) license is an act of conservation. A fishing license purchase is one of the simplest and most effective ways people can support fisheries science and management.”

On any other day, someone 17 years or older trying fishing for the first time would have to purchase a license. On Saturday, they can test the waters to see if the sport is for them. Those younger than 17 can fish without a license year-round on Texas public waters.

It's easy to purchase a fishing license, either online or at retailers across the state. Visit the TPWD licenses page for more information.

As for where to go fishing, the Highland Lakes is the perfect destination. You don’t even need a boat.

Local fishing spots include, but are not limited to:

  • Johnson Park, 230 Avenue J in Marble Falls
  • Lakeside Park, 305 Buena Vista Drive in Marble Falls
  • The Slab, FM 3404 in Kingsland
  • Grenwelge Park, Ford and Haynie streets in Llano
  • Robinson City Park, 123 Robinson Park Drive in Llano
  • McNair Park, 211 Park Road in Sunrise Beach Village

Inks Lake State Park and Pedernales Falls State Park also are popular fishing locations. Inks Lake has two fishing piers. And you never need a license to fish from the shoreline in Texas state parks.

First-time anglers can visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Learn to Fish webpage for tips. For more outdoors opportunities, check out the 101 Outdoors Guide and the 101 Highland Lakes Guide.

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