Looking for the best kid-friendly fishing spots to shake up your routine? Fishing is a great way to get outside, enjoy nature and teach your kids to hone a new skill they can use for a lifetime. So get the family together, grab your fishing rod and tackle box, and head out to one of these fishing spots around Dallas-Fort Worth.
But don’t forget your freshwater fishing license. Texas requires a license for age 17 and up while fishing in public waters. Not sure where to get one? Try Walmart, sporting goods stores, some grocery stores, and online through the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.
White Rock Lake Park and Flag Pole Hill Park // Dallas
Location: 8300 E. Lawther Dr. and 8015 Doran Circle
What to know: This is a busy spot with picnickers, boaters, bikers and hikers, but White Rock Lake Park is one of the most picturesque spots on this list. You can fish anywhere around the lake, but for the best chance, fish from the tributary that flows into White Rock Lake, located north to the Flag Pole Hill Park, near the bridge at corner of Goforth Road and West Lawther Drive.
South Lakes Park // Denton
Location: 556 Hobson Lane
What to know: When the littles have had their fill of fishing, head over to nearby Eureka Playground to continue your day out.
Tarrant Regional Water District Fishing Pier // Fort Worth
Location: Rogers Road and Riverfront Drive, near Woodshed Smokehouse off the Trinity Trail
What to know: Close to TCU and the Fort Worth Zoo, this is a great option for urban fishing. Capacity is limited, so keep that in mind when making your plans.
Lake Lewisville Fishing Barge // Lewisville
Location: 691 Sandy Beach Road
What to know: An angler favorite since in 1957, the fishing barge is open around the clock and has drink and snack machines as well as restrooms. There’s outdoor fishing only right now. (Indoor fishing is closed due to the pandemic.) Admission starts at $5.
Breckenridge Park // Richardson
Location: 3555 Brand Road
What to know: Rowlett Creek runs through this park, which has two ponds. This is one of the more popular kid friendly fishing spots, so be aware that it gets pretty busy on the weekends.
Harbor Bay Marina // Rockwall
Location: 3701 Windjammer Lane on Lake Ray Hubbard
What to know: You can get pretty close to a full day of fishing in at this marina. It opens at 6:30am daily and closes at either 10pm (Sunday–Thursday) or midnight (Friday and Saturday).
Sunshine Lake // Weatherford
Location: 204 Cartwright Park Road, inside Cartwright Park
What to know: Cartwright Park offers a full 30 acres of lake for family friendly fishing. Cast a line from the bank, or take advantage of the ramp if you have a small fishing boat with a trolling motor.
Photo courtesy of City of Allen Parks and Recreation