San Antonio fishing may not be the best-known angling scene in Texas, but it is a fine place to cast a line and spend time enjoying the great outdoors. Many of the things to do in San Antonio will bring you outside, but few are as relaxing and exhilarating all at the same time as fishing.
If you don't want to mess with bringing gear with you, don't despair. Bass Pro Shops equips anglers with the gear and the skills they need to enjoy San Antonio fishing. As one if the biggest Bass Pro Ships in existence, you'll be certain to find plenty of choices for everything you need for a trip, from a small as a lure to tricked-out fishing boats. Besides shopping, the San Antonio Bass Pro location offers frequent seminars that can help you sharpen your skills and learn about this popular outdoor pursuit. While this giant outfitter is certainly the largest in town, it's not the only place place in the area where you can purchase your gear. Plenty of small shops can get you the tackle and bait needed, as well as sharing some information about where to find the best San Antonio fishing spots.
While most of options for San Antonio fishing are located in the outlying suburbs, you will have some chances to cast a line within a short drive of downtown and the King William Historic District. Brauning Lake, a good sized reservoir, surrounded by cattails and bulrush, is stocked with red drums, catfish, and hybrid striped bass. Largemouth bass can also be found here, although they're fished in a limited capacity. The red drum, which easily reaches twenty pounds, are in season between March and August, while the striped bass season extends from January through August. The catfish are biting all year, and the locals know to look near cormorant roosts where the chances of finding catfish are the best.
Your entrance fee also allows access to nearby Calaveras Lake, another one of the popular San Antonio fishing spots. About twenty minutes south of downtown and at 3,600 acres, the lake's home, Calaveras Park, is home to excellent bird-watching opportunities, hiking trails, and lovely wildflowers. Visitors can also enjoy camping and boating, along with the fishing pier. On the end of your line, you can expect to find the same species that are plentiful in Brauning Lake.
If you're looking to do some San Antonio river fishing, you'll need to head away from the center of town into the outlying suburbs. While the Riverwalk might seem like a good fishing spot, it's more set aside for the tourists and river cruises than for angling. Within a hour's drive of the Riverwalk, you'll find many regional San Antonio fishing spots where you can launch a boat or cast a line from the shore while enjoying San Antonio River fishing.
The Medina River, which meanders through the Texas Hill County, was once called the Rio de Bagres (the Catfish River) by the early settlers. All these years later, the river supplies water for many of the working ranches in and around Bandera. It's also a popular place for outdoor recreation, especially fishing. Local guest ranches can give you access to the gear you need for San Antonio River fishing, as well as advice for the best spots along the way. Many anglers who make their way to the Hill Country State Natural Area find catfish, largemouth bass, and perch at the end of their lines.