FISHING AMISTAD RESERVOIR Cast a Line
The clear blue water of Amistad Reservoir provides fishing. Black Bass, stripers, channel and yellow catfish attract many anglers to Amistad NRA.
License RequirementsTexas fishing license requirements apply when fishing on the US side of Amistad Reservoir. When in Mexican waters, you must adhere to Mexican fishing regulations, which differ considerably from Texas State Regulations in terms of size and catch limits. The border with Mexico is indicated by numbered buoys running along the main channel of the Rio Grande.
Mexican PermitsFor current Mexico fishing license information, go to www.conapescasandiego.org or call (619) 233-4324.
Information on Mexican fishing licenses can also be obtained at: Amistad Marine (Ranger boat dealer on Hwy 90 West across from Spur 454), (830) 775-0878, or Fisherman's Headquarters (Gas station at the intersection of Hwys 90 & 277 N) (830) 774-5670.
Bank FishingYou can fish from shore anywhere outside of harbors and designated swim areas. Fishing is prohibited in these areas because hooks and fishing line can result in injury or drowning. Courtesy fishing docks are currently located at Blackbrush Point off of Picnic site 9. It is also possible to fish off of the old highway bridge at 277 North and South.
Fish Cleaning StationsWhen fishing at Amistad, please do not put fish remains into the lake. Since the remains do not decompose easily in cold fresh water, the lake can become polluted. For your convenience, fish cleaning stations are located at Diablo East, Rough Canyon and the Pecos River.
TournamentsMany Fishing Clubs hold tournaments on Lake Amistad (see tournament policy). If your club would like to have a tournament you may phone, write or email National Park Headquarters to register. Call (830) 774-7492 ext 2202 or e-mail us. Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to allow for paperwork to be processed.
Launch RampsThe main launch ramps are located at Diablo East, Rough Canyon, Box Canyon, and Air Force Marina. Ramps are also available at Blackbrush Point, 277 North, Spur 406, Spur 454 and the Pecos River. In severe lake conditions, check the status of boat ramp availability.more »
MarinasBoat and slip rentals, fuel, bait, ice, snacks, and beverages are available at Lake Amistad Resort and Marina and Rough Canyon Marina run by Southwest Lake Resort and Southwinds (USAF) Marina.
Southwest Lake Resort (830) 774-4157Rough Canyon Marina (830) 775-8779Southwinds Marina (USAF) (830) 775-7800
Fishing GuidesAll guides must be registered with the NPS in order to operate a business within the Amistad National Recreation Area.
All may also be available as tour guides.
Did You Know?
Cenizo (or Purple Sage) is often called "barometer bush" because it blooms shortly after a major rain.