Fishing is one of those fun, summer activities that is enjoyed by young and old and Lake Brownwood State Park is one of the parks statewide that offer fishing to visitors.

Nikki Little, assistant superintendent at Lake Brownwood State Park, said fishing is free at the pier at the park.

“You don’t need a license to fish at the pier or on the banks in the park,” Little said. “And it’s free.”

Just pay the park entry fee, and you’re ready to wet some hooks.

If you don’t have any fishing gear, don’t worry. Many state parks loan fishing equipment for use in the park and the Lake Brownwood State Park is no exception. There are fishing poles and tackle available in the office, but visitors must bring their own bait. There is a cleaning station by the pier as well. 

Free fishing applies to fishing in rivers and creeks, from bank or pier. You can also wade fish in the surf along the shore of coastal state parks. Bag (number of each type of fish) and length limits and other regulations still apply. Those who wish to fish from a boat must get a license Little said. Licenses (for Texas residents only) are available at the state park office. Licenses are from Sept. 1-Aug. 31 for $33 each.

On a Saturday in late June, several families had gathered by mid-morning on the pier to enjoy fishing. Clinton and Misty Lynch of Weatherford, brought their nieces Mariah Fulkerson and Autumn Brown from North Richland Hills to the pier for their first ever fishing outing.

“This is really a great activity for families,” Clinton Lynch said. “We’ve been catching perch and sunfish.”

“We caught four fish,” said Fulkerson, 10. “But we threw them back.”

Albert Nazario and his wife Sunheidi of Abilene brought their son Adrian to fish for his first time.

“I haven’t caught anything yet,” Albert Nazario said. “I hope I can catch some catfish.”

Little said most of the fishing is in the early to mid-morning or in the evening. The pier is well lit, and those who wish to fish, can do so from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. as long as they pay the park fee of $3. There is a self-pay station for overnight visitors at the park office parking lot.

The Lake Brownwood State Park is one of about 70 state parks that offer fishing.

Little said it’s a good idea to check the weekly fishing reports offered by Texas Parks and Wildlife before heading to any region for fishing. The report includes information about the water condition, temperature and the types of lures that are needed to catch fish.

On this date, the report from the Hill Country Region indicated that Lake Brownwood waters were stained and that fishing was good for black bass, white bass, crappie and catfish were all in season at the lake.

An Annual Park Pass, which costs $70 is an affordable way to enjoy the amenities in the parks throughout the state.

“It pays for itself pretty quickly,” Little said. “It waives the entry fee in 95 state parks.”

For more information on fishing at Lake Brownwood State Park or any other amenities, go to the website at TexasStateParks.org.