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2016 Learn-to-Fish Clinics

updated 9/19/2016

These 45-minute clinics offer instruction in the basics of fishing including knots, casting, rigging, safety, ethics and urban runoff. All equipment and tackle is available to participants and anglers are required to use rods provided. There is no charge for the clinics; however, there may be a park entrance fee. Each adult may bring up to two children and a driver's license is required for rod loan.

Most events are for children ages 5-15 only and adults are not allowed to fish. Most programs begin at 8 a.m. Clinics begin about every 10 minutes with the final clinic starting at 10 a.m., or when we have reached the maximum capacity for the day which is usually 150 participants.

Very few, if any, fish programs are offered during the warmer months of summer and early fall. The drought is impacting lakes and making the situation more dire. Pier fishing and fishing the larger, deeper lakes is a good option.

Due to the drought, many lakes may not have water to support fishing and some events have be cancelled or moved. Please check this page for updates.

What to know about fishing clinics

Event Date Location Time Information Cost Ages
Youth Fishing Clinic Saturday, November 12 Lakeshore Park, Newark 8:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m Information or to volunteer Ages 5-15. Adults may not fish
Beginner Learn-to-Fish Clinic Saturday, October 1 Lake Cunningham 8:00 a.m – 10:00 a.m
(fishing till 11:30 a.m)
To volunteer

No pre-registration
Parking fee 5-15, Adults may not fish



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Related Information

  • Free Fishing Days
    On Free Fishing days, Californians can fish any freshwater lakes without a fishing license. All other regulations apply.
  • Fishing in East Bay Regional Parks
  • Supplemental Fish Stocking
  • The 10 pound Murdock Fish
    A special 10 pound tagged Rainbow Trout dubbed the “Murdock Fish” has been released into Bon Tempe Reservoir (Marin County) to honor the late Outdoor Writer Dick Murdock. Anyone catching the Murdock fish should either have their picture taken or record the number from the tag and contact Marin Independent Journal at (415) 382-7822 or Ethan Rotman at

For more information about the Fishing in the City program in the San Francisco and South Bay areas, contact Ethan Rotman:
(415) 999-5924.

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