Spring Break Fishing Spots for Kids

By Spencer Dumont - Fisheries Biologist
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

I cannot think of a better way for kids to spend their spring break than fishing.  If we can get some decent weather next week, there are several lakes around Abilene where kids can catch some fish. 

            At Lake Fort Phantom Hill, Charlotte’s Cove is sponsoring a Spring Break Fishing Tournament for children age 3-16 from March 10th through March 15th.  Charlotte has a fishing marina on the lake where kids can catch crappie, catfish, carp, and bass.  Entry fee is only two dollars per child and they can fish one day or all week, anytime from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  A small pizza will be given away every hour to the child with the largest fish.  Also, on Saturday the 15th at 2:30, there will be a party for all the kids that entered the tournament.  There will be food, drinks, gifts, trophies, and fun for all contestants.  For more information, call Charlotte’s Cove at 672-4619.

            Buffalo Wallow at Abilene State Park may still have a few trout in it and, if the water temperature is warm enough, channel catfish should be biting.


           Memory Lake in Coleman is a really nice looking lake and has good shore-fishing access and lots of sunfish to catch.

            Lake Kirby has lots of catfish and carp, and there is good shore-fishing access on the east side of the lake, including a fishing pier.  Lucky anglers might even catch one of the elusive saugeyes.  However, I would use some caution at Kirby as there are plenty of fire ants. 

            Lake Sweetwater has good shore-fishing access and some really good catfishing and sunfishing, despite the lake being over 20 feet low.

            When fishing with kids, bring plenty of food, drinks, and even some toys.  I have found a small minnow net can entertain kids for a long time if fishing is slow.  Let them get muddy and explore, but be sure the younger kids wear their life jackets if they are near the water.  Most importantly…be PATIENT!  A good fishing trip will be remembered for the rest of their lives…and yours.

For more information on area reservoirs and fish populations, contact the Abilene inland fisheries district office at (915) 692-0921 or email us at sdumont@sbcglobal.netsdumont@sbcglobal.net

Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.
5325 N. 3rd
Abilene, TX 79603
(915) 692-0921

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