One of the most populous and historic cities in the whole of the U.S., San Antonio is the heart of the Southern United States. With fascinating architecture, historical locations, a beautiful skyline, and the famous River Walk, San Antonio is a super spot to visit and well suited for all sorts of activities. Fishing in San Antonio is particularly popular, with the city boasting several rivers, waterways, lakes, reservoirs, and ponds. Next read: Things to Do in San Antonio
All sorts of fish can be caught in the San Antonio area, including various types of bass and catfish, as well as sunfish, red drum, black drum, flounder, rainbow trout, and others. The great thing about fishing in San Antonio is the variety. Not only is there are a great amount of variety in terms of the fish you can catch, but also in terms of the locations you can visit for your fishing trips, from tree-filled parks to power plant reservoirs.
Best Spots for Fishing in San Antonio
With so many great locations to choose from, picking your next fishing spot in San Antonio can actually be quite a challenge. Here are some details of the some of the city’s top rated fishing locations:
1. Braunig Lake
This huge freshwater lake covers 1,300 acres and is just a short drive outside of the city. The lake boasts a wide variety of fish species, including largemouth bass, blue catfish, striped bass, and red drum. Boat rentals are available and the lake offers peaceful, scenic surroundings for your fishing trip. There's a daily admission fee for this lake, but it's worth the price of entry and the fee also lets you fish at Calaveras Lake too.
2. Calaveras Lake
Not far from Braunig Lake, this freshwater power plant reservoir is about three times bigger than Braunig and contains many of the same species of fish (striped bass, blue catfish, largemouth bass). All visitors have bank access and camping areas are also available at Calaveras Lake. This is one of San Antonio’s prettiest lakes and has consistently proven to be highly popular with anglers of all experience levels due to the high fish populations it contains.
3. South Side Lions Park
If you're looking for a great fishing spot in the city of San Antonio itself, South Side Lions Park is one of two urban lakes in the city that are involved in the Texas Parks & Wildlife’s Neighborhood Fishin’ program, meaning they get stocked up with catfish and trout at various times of the year. Bank access is available at this small lake and the surrounding city skyline and park scenery offer a nice backdrop for a relaxing session of San Antonio fishing.
4. Millers Pond
Millers Pond is also located in the city itself and is part of the Texas Parks & Wildlife’s Neighborhood Fishin’ program. Each winter, rainbow trout are stocked into the pond, with channel catfish being added in the summer. It's a beautiful spot, with the park also featuring various sporting fields, picnic areas, and large open spaces for families and groups of friends to enjoy the day.
5. Choke Canyon Reservoir
Located a short drive outside of San Antonio, Choke Canyon Reservoir is one of the ultimate San Antonio fishing locations for anglers on the lookout for catfish. The reservoir measures up at an impressive 25,670 acres, meaning you can always find a nice quiet spot to spend the day, and is nearby various other good fishing spots too. Fish that can be found in this body of water include channel catfish and flathead catfish, as well as white bass, largemouth bass, and sunfish.
Woodlawn Lake Park
Located not far from downtown San Antonio, Woodlawn Lake Park is a popular inner city fishing spot for anglers of all ages and experience levels. The lake here is stocked up with catfish and largemouth bass and is a fine spot for a catch and release session with the kids. The park also offers a swimming pool, sporting fields, walk trails, and more, as well as a handy fishing pier for anglers to enjoy.
6. Brackenridge Park
No list of San Antonio fishing spots would be complete without a mention of one of the city's most famous landmarks: the San Antonio River. If you'd like to test your skills against the denizens of the river itself, Brackenridge Park is the place to be. It's a large park right by San Antonio Zoo, featuring train rides, sporting fields, picnic areas, and lots of walking trails for everyone to enjoy. It also features great bank access and the river is regularly filled with various kinds of trout.