Creek fishing inside city limits
March 15, 2009 1:19 PM Subscribe
I live near a large creek in a major central Texas city. I would like to fish in it. Is that legal, safe, or even advisable at all?
posted by edrnjevich to sports, hobbies, & recreation (13 answers total)
I used to fish a lot when I was a kid, growing up in a wetter part of the country, and I miss it. Now that I live right next to a creek that seems fairly large, by Texas standards, I'd like to take advantage of it. This time of year, the creek is about 10 feet across and deep enough that I can't see the bottom. There are concrete structures and tree stumps in places as well, forming pools that I think would be pretty appealing, were I a fish.
Would it be legal to fish here? I have no idea who owns the property - it's a well-maintained wooded trail following the outskirts of a subdivision. It's within city limits. I know I need to get a fishing license, if nothing else.
Do I even want to fish in the creek? My access is downstream from a busy road, and there's trash in the water on occasion - beer cans, plastic bags, stuff like that. The water is dark, but it runs briskly, except for in those pools.
If I did fish in the creek, what would I catch? Catfish? (Is there anything special I should know about catfish fishing? I was primarily a trout and salmon kid. Cast off a dock, reel it back in, repeat until fish is hooked.)
Basically, I'm envisioning strolling to the creek with a fishing pole and a cooler, enjoying the outdoors, eventually catching a fish, and walking home for a tasty dinner. Can I make that happen?