It’s always a good time to visit a state historic site, but Texas anglers have a special reason to get hooked on history. Several of the Texas Historical Commission’s state historic sites offer amazing fishing opportunities year-round. State fishing rules apply at all sites.
Confederate Reunion Grounds
1738 FM 2705, Mexia, TX 76667
Mexia’s Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site is on the banks of the Navasota River and offers fishing and other recreational opportunities like walking trails, picnicking and playground use, a paddling trail for canoes and kayaks, a birding trail, and group camping.
1701 N. U.S. Hwy. 283, Albany, TX 76430
In addition to year-round rainbow-trout fishing opportunities, Fort Griffin State Historic Site in Albany hosts an annual family trout-fishing day in February. Staff members provide instruction and assistance for families who attend. Golf carts are available for visitors who want to take a self-guided tour of the historic military fort. The site also offers camping across the highway from the fort and fishing pond.
402 E. Florence St., Castroville, TX 78009
At Landmark Inn State Historic Site in Castroville, people can fish in the beautiful Medina River beneath the 1854 dam. Anglers may find trout, carp, and various species of gar. Once a year, usually in February, the site hosts its beloved Kid Fish program, which allows kids to catch and keep a limit from the 1,000 rainbow trout stocked in the tail race. Pre-schoolers to age 17 can practice their fishing, while volunteers teach and lead historic pastimes. Anglers must check-in at the front desk on arrival.
Sabine Pass Battleground
6100 Dowling Rd., Port Arthur, TX 77641
At Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site in Port Arthur, visitors can fish on the banks of the Sabine River and use a fish-cleaning station on site.