July 23, 2020
Want to throw out a line in a private little place most people won't know about? Well here's your Katy insider's guide to some of the local favorite places to fish.
Opening photo of Mary Jo Peckham Park by Srini Sundajaran
1. Mary Jo Peckham Park 5597 Gardenia Ln.
It's no secret that if you want bites, you should try Mary Jo Peckham Park. The park is part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife's "Neighborhood Fishin'" Program. TPWD regularly re-stocks the lake at Mary Jo Peckham with catfish and rainbow trout every two to four weeks during summer and winter, with a brief pause in August. Kids 16 and under don't require a license.
Just north of Franz Road on Porter is a hike and bike park with a large, central lake. The real fishing though, is in a small, bottle-necked creek that runs underneath the road.
Several Katy fisherman have reported water near Peek Road and South Fry is a big spawning location for bass in the winter months.
Three large, interconnected lakes yield sizable catches all year round. Your best bet is the southern-most lake near the playground. Note: This fishing area is only for Cinco Ranch residents and is catch and release.
5. Bear Creek
A pretty popular and well known spot just north of Clay Road, so expect to run into a few people, but your chances of hooking a nice crappie or big bass are fairly good.
Located near Katy Hockley and West Road, area fisherman have said John Paul Landing Park features great place to get bites, and great if you want to take the kids, too.
A bit of a departure from Katy, but worth the drive if you have the time. Check out the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve located near 249 in nearby Cypress.