Things to Do in Austin Texas – Fishing Edition

Outcast Landing  |  May 3, 2022

What to Do in Austin Texas

With daily temperature highs of 70°F to 89°F in the spring and 93°F to 96°F in the summer, it’s no surprise there are several “hot spots” to cool off around Austin, Texas. 

There is something for everybody, with plenty of activities, whether it is around the trails on land or in a body of water. If you are looking for some of the best places in Austin for high-quality fishing trips, then you have come to the right place. 

Our Top Picks for Fishing in Austin, TX

It doesn’t matter if you live in the Austin area or are visiting from out of town, you can fish at any of the places listed below for a quick day trip or a weekend getaway. 

Fishing Ponds

Moby Dick’s Private Pond Fishing 

Enjoy a private oasis for fishermen of all skill levels with a fully-stocked catch and release pond; with largemouth bass, blue cats, bluegill, and black crappie there’s a fish for every angler.. There is bait for sale on the property and there is no fishing license required. Don’t worry about bringing your own gear – rent fishing poles, grills, shaded picnic areas and even boat rentals.You can book a guided fishing experience during the day or even stay the night with private lodging for a weekend getaway. 

Mills Pond

15108 Wells Port Drive

A relaxed fishing pier with a floating boat dock for non-motorized boats. Mills pond is dog friendly with walking trails around the premises. Expect to catch mostly catfish, but check to see as they have stocked rainbow trout before. 

Fishing Lakes

Lady Bird Lake

*Has several access points

Locals may refer to it as Town Lake, visitors may know it as the Colorado River, but whatever you 

call it you will see carp, bass, and catfish. Lady Bird Lake has several points of access, city views, 

and with a lively crowd of paddle boarders. 

Lake Austin 

* Has several access points

Bank access for fishing can be found at the Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) bridge, Emma 

Long Park, Mary Quinlan Park, and Fritz Hughes Park near Mansfield Dam. It is best to go in the 

morning or evening to avoid crowds with opportunities to catch 8 to 10 pound largemouth bass. 

Lake Pflugerville

18216 Weiss Lane

Offers kayak and canoe rentals with several fishing piers and three miles of walking trails. You 

can catch largemouth bass, channel catfish, and bluegill with primary inflows from the Colorado 


What You Need to Go Fishing in Austin, Texas

While some of the previously mentioned locations have rentals for equipment, you will still need 

to bring your own fishing gear and bait to some of the other public spots. 

Fishing License in Texas

Additionally, this is a reminder that if you are over 17 then you will need a fishing license 

in Texas to fish in public waters. There are different requirements for in state versus out 

of state fishing licenses. For more information of license pricing and restrictions, refer to 

the outdoor annual hunting, fishing, and boating regulations. There are several ways you 

can purchase a fishing license in Texas. 

Don’t want to deal with the hassle of getting a fishing license?

Then Moby Dick’s Private Pond Fishing will be your best bet. 


Looking for a place to stay? 

If you are looking for a quiet escape for a staycation or are visiting from out of town – check out OutCast for your lodging needs. 

There are three lodging options to choose from:

  • The Wyldwood Cabin:
    • sleeps up to four
    • wraparound porch
    • outdoor wood-burning fireplace
    • two smart TVs
    • laundry area 
  • The Blackbird Cabin:
    • sleeps up to four (two twin beds that can be made into a double upon request) 
    • free wifi
    • two smart TVs
    • personal picnic table and fire pit
    • laundry area 
  • The Roadrunner RV:
    • sleeps up to three
    • free wifi 
    • three smart TV’s
    • large shaded or covered private outdoor living area

*With more lodging availability and options coming soon!  

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At Outcast Landing, you can have it all. Fish and stay 25 minutes from the bustling, growing city of Austin, Texas.

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