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.

License Requirements
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.

Mexican Permits
For current Mexico fishing license information, go to 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.
  • Three Rivers RV Park at 9670 US Hwy 90 W across from the Visitor Information Center, or by phone at 830-778-2241.

Bank Fishing
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 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.

Launch Ramps
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
The following list of guides have been registered with the National Park Service and are authorized to operate within Amistad National Recreation Area. Guides may also be available for tours.

Fishing Guides
  • TR Andreas 830-688-1276
  • Raul Cordero 830-422-7674
  • Kurt Dove 830-719-3648
  • Olin Jensen 830-734-8715
  • Ed Schoening 830-459-1036
Scuba Guides
  • Mark Bewley
  • Robert Wade Jr.
River Run Guides
  • Shane Davies
List last updated on 2/7/2016.

Guides are required to have a permit from the park ensuring they are licensed and insured businesses authorized to provide visitors additional options in exploring this wonderful resource. Please note that the National Park Service issues these permits, but does not provide any specific recommendations or assess the specific content of the tours through the current permit process. You should interview the guide to ensure they'll meet your personal needs.

Guides interested in being authorized to operate within Amistad National Recreation Area should complete a Commercial Use Authorization Microsoft Word (110 KB) and return to the address listed on the application. For more information please call Amistad National Recreation Area Headquarters at 830-775-7492 extension 2202 or e-mail us.

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