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5 of the best fishing lakes in the San Antonio area

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Texas anglers, grab your tackle boxes and gear as it’s free to fish in any public waterbody in the state without a fishing license starting Saturday, June 4. The free fishing day occurs every first Saturday in June. 

“Free Fishing Day is a wonderful opportunity for anglers to share their knowledge, skills, equipment, and love for fishing with a new participant, yet it’s also more than that,” said Craig Bonds, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries Director. “We hope those trying fishing on this special day will also learn that purchasing a license is an act of conservation. A fishing license purchase is one of the simplest and most effective ways people can support fisheries science and management.”

Anglers help the conservation effort with their license purchase with 100% of fishing license fees going to TPWD. The fees fund on-the-ground conservation efforts such as fish stocking that help make Texas one of the best places in the country to fish. For more information on licensing, visit the TPWD license page.

With the free fishing day opportunities, we listed the best fishing spots in the San Antonio area. 

Keith and Sherrie Menefoe enjoy the afternoon fishing at Calaveras Lake.

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Calaveras Lake 

At this lake, channel catfish are the most sought-after species, followed by hybrid striped bass, red drum, and largemouth bass. March through August are great months to catch the red drum, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Calaveras Lake is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at 12965 Bernhardt Road.

Mario Mendoza throws a casting net into Braunig Lake to catch bait on Aug. 9, 2014. The lake is replenished by the recycled water used at the CPS Energy power plant.
Mario Mendoza throws a casting net into Braunig Lake to catch bait on Aug. 9, 2014. The lake is replenished by the recycled water used at the CPS Energy power plant.Kin Man Hui /San Antonio Express-News

Victor Braunig Lake

Red drum are the most popular sport fish in the reservoir. Hybrid striped bass and catfish are the next most sought-after species, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 

Braunig is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. It’s located in the San Antonio River watershed on Calaveras and Chupaderas Creeks, 17 miles south of San Antonio on Highway 37 in Bexar County.

People recreate Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Borne City Lake Park.
People recreate Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Borne City Lake Park.William Luther/Staff

Boerne City Lake Park

The most popular species caught here are largemouth bass, channel catfish, and bluegill, according to data from Fishbrain.com. The fishing app allows anglers to log in their catches at a creek or lake.

The gates for the lake open at 5 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. daily. The Park is open to the public 365 days a year unless there is a scheduled city event or flooding. It’s located at 21 Upper Cibolo Creek Road in Boerne.

A rainbow upstairs in the sky as children fish at Woodlawn lake on Saturday, July 5, 2014, just hours before a fireworks show was to be put on. The show was a make-up for the July 4 show, which was shortened because of weather.
A rainbow upstairs in the sky as children fish at Woodlawn lake on Saturday, July 5, 2014, just hours before a fireworks show was to be put on. The show was a make-up for the July 4 show, which was shortened because of weather.Billy Calzada/San Antonio Express-News

Woodlawn Lake Park

You won’t have to go far to get some fishing and stellar views. The most popular species caught here are largemouth bass, common carp, and Rio Grande Cichlid. The park features a large pond for fishing, a playground, shaded seating areas, hiking, and bicycle trails, a community center, a swimming pool, and plenty of other amenities.

It’s open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, according to the city’s website. It’s located at 1103 Cincinnati Avenue. 

Medina Lake

Medina Lake

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Medina Lake


Largemouth bass are always a favorite here for many anglers. Smallmouth bass can be found around rocky outcrops and the hybrid striped bass population is very good in the reservoir, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 

The lake, located about 40 miles northwest of San Antonio, is known for having clear waters and is great for those looking for a day trip to spend some time out on the water. However, invasive zebra mussels have invaded this reservoir. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before traveling to another body of water. 

The boat launch is open 24 hours and the park opens 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

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