Cast a Line
The clear, blue water of Lake Amistad provides excellent fishing opportunities. Largemouth and white bass, stripers, and channel and blue catfish attract many anglers to Amistad. Information about the conditions and lake record fish can be found on Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's Amistad Reservoir fishing page. But, before you cast your line, here are a few things you should know.
Prepare to Reel It In!
Many people underestimate the time they will be fishing and the hazards they may encounter. So, it is important to adequately prepare by bringing and drinking sufficient water, wearing sun protection, and reviewing park safety suggestions. Be sure to check current conditions and weather at Amistad National Recreation Area and plan for any surprises, like thunderstorms. Of course, you should bring the right gear (and buddy!) for the type of fishing you plan to do. It is recommended to wear life jackets or PFDs (personal floatation devices) any time you are on or near the water.
Texas fishing license requirements and regulations apply when fishing on the United States side of Amistad Reservoir. The border with Mexico is indicated by numbered buoys (numbered RG1 to RG28) running along the main channel of the Rio Grande.
Where Can I Fish?
You may fish from shore anywhere outside of harbors and designated swim areas. Fishing is prohibited in harbors and swim areas because hooks and fishing line can result in damage, injury, or drowning. A courtesy fishing dock is currently available at the Rough Canyon camping area (only accessible by boat). If you'd like to fish from your boat, there is some additional information you will need to know to get your vessel on the water.
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. And, fish remains in trash cans can attract wildlife, which can lead to unexpected and dangerous human-animal interactions. For your convenience, fish cleaning stations are located at Diablo East, Pecos, and Rough Canyon. Thank you for using these fish cleaning stations to help keep your park and its visitors and animals safe.
Helpful Fishing-related Links (Fishing Report, Current Conditions, Boat Ramp Status)
Last updated: August 25, 2023