Fishing Amistad Reservoir
Cast a Line
The clear blue water of Amistad Reservoir provides excellent fishing opportunities. Black Bass, stripers, channel and yellow catfish attract many anglers to Amistad.
Texas 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.
For current Mexico fishing license information, go to www.conapescasandiego.org or call 619-233-4324.
Information on Mexican permits can also be obtained locally from:
- Amistad Marine at 7348 US Hwy 90 W across from Spur 454, or by phone at 830-775-0878.
- Anglers Lodge at 8969 US Hwy 90 W between Spur 454 and the Visitor Information Center, or by phone at 830-775-1586.
- Three Rivers RV Park at 9670 US Hwy 90 W across from the Visitor Information Center, or by phone at 830-778-2241.
You 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 Stations
When 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.
Many fishing clubs hold tournaments (see Tournament Schedule) on Lake Amistad. Visit our Tournament Policy page for information on permits, policies, and fees. If your club would like to have a tournament you may call National Park Service at 830-775-7492 extension 2202 or e-mail us to register. Please register at least two weeks in advance to allow for paperwork to be processed.
The main launch ramps are located at Diablo East, Rough Canyon, Box Canyon, and Southwinds (US 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.
Boat slip and mooring buoy rentals are available at Diablo East and Rough Canyon Marinas.
Fishing and Scuba Guides
All guides must be registered with the National Park Service in order to operate a business within Amistad National Recreation Area. All guides may also be available for tours.
List updated on November 5, 2014.
||Robert Wade Jr.