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Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Blanco State Park is a popular outdoor recreational spot among locals and tourists. People come here because of the natural beauty it possesses—from the Blanco River that passes through the park; the grassy plains littered with oaks, juniper, mesquite, and cypress trees; to the backdrop of hills filled with cedar and pecan trees. Aside from the sceneries, it is also an outdoorsman’s playground, thanks to the many recreational activities anyone can enjoy here like camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking, boating, and fishing.

Blanco State Park: Texas Hill Country’s Ultimate Fishing Destination 

About a mile of the bountiful Blanco River flows through the park. This means that visitors can enjoy some of the best fishing in the region. Imagine a day of fishing while enjoying the beautiful sceneries around you—that pretty much sums up what Blanco State fishing is all about. It can be both exciting and relaxing at the same time.

Anglers of all levels and ages can enjoy a day of fishing in the park in several ways. Fly anglers and conventional rod-and-reelers can cast their lines directly from the banks, from a pier, from a boat, or while wading through the shallow parts of the water. As for the targets, there are plenty of species from which an angler can choose from including favorite quarries such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, Guadalupe bass, white bass, channel catfish, carp, crappie, spotted gar, sunfish, and rainbow trout. For baits and other fishing essentials, the park store offers sales and rentals for all your fishing must-haves. 

Fishing in Blanco State Park doesn’t require any license. Just keep in mind, though, that fishing regulations such as bag and size limits are strictly enforced by the Texas Park and Wildlife Department here so you might want to check their official website for that.

Lastly, the best seasons to go fishing in Blanco State Park are spring and fall when most fish are known to be more abundant and active in the river.                

Fish species
Channel Catfish
Channel Catfish fish

Habitat: Rivers, Tidal Mouths, Bends, Wrecks

Weight: 2 - 4 Pounds

Length: 15" - 25"

Smallmouth Bass 
Smallmouth Bass  fish

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 1 - 4 Pounds

Length: 12" - 27"

Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass fish

Habitat: Lake, Pond, Rivers

Weight: 2 - 22 Pounds

Length: 15" - 32"

Guadalupe Bass 
Guadalupe Bass  fish

Habitat: River, Flowing Water

Weight: 1 - 1 Pounds

Length: 12" - 18"

Blanco State Park: An Outdoorsman’s Playground

Here are some of the outdoor activities you can enjoy in Blanco State Park: 

1. Camping

Unplug from the hectic outside world and reconnect with Mother Nature far away from the bright lights of the city. There’s nothing quite like camping to recharge.

2. Swimming

Take a refreshing dip in the cool waters of the Blanco River and feel even more recharged by the end of your trip. 

3. Hiking

Enjoy exploring the natural beauty around you on foot—truly a great workout that not only improves your physical health but calms the senses as well.

4. Boating

Whether on a kayak, canoe, or electric boat, spending a day of gliding through the river gives you a different perspective of the natural beauty around you!