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2015 Learn-to-Fish Clinics

updated 4/615

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.

These events are for children ages 5-15 only. 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.

Due to the drought, many lakes may not have water to support fishing and some events have been cancelled. Please check this page for updates for events cancelled due to lack of water

What to know about fishing clinics

Event Date Location Time Information Cost Ages
Pier Fishing Basics Saturday, January 31 Point Pinole Regional Shoreline 8 AM to 10:30 AM Register at EBRPD $15 to $21 5 and older
Learn to Saltwater Fish Saturday, February 7 McNears Beach, San Rafael 9:00 AM to noon DSauter@marincounty.org or (415) 446-4424 $5 parking fee. A limited number or rods are available on a first-come, first served basis  
Lake Fishing for kids Saturday, February 20 Stafford Lake, Novato 9 AM to 11 AM DSauter@marincounty.org or (415) 446-4424 $5 parking fee. A limited number or rods are available on a first-come, first served basis  
Senior Anglers Pier Fishing Saturday, March 28 Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline, Oakland 8 AM to 10 AM Register at EBRPD $15 to $17 55 and up
Beginner learn-to-fish Program Saturday, April 4 Lake Elizabeth, Fremont 8 AM to 10 AM JHoward@fremont.gov or 510-790-5541 No fee 5-15 years
Beginner level learn to fish clinic Saturday, April 11 Lake Chabot, Vallejo 8:00 – 10:00 (fishing till 11:00) elong@gvrd.org   Children 5 – 15. Adults may not fish.
Beginner Learn-to-Fish Clinic Sunday, April 26 Lake Cunningham, San Jose 8:00 – 10:00 (fishing till 11:30) To volunteer: volunteer@prk.sccgov.org
Information: Carrie.Grisenti@prk.sccgov.org
No pre-registration
Parking fee 5-15, Adults may not fish
Youth Fishing Clinic Saturday, April 18 Lakeshore Park, Newark 8:00 – 11:00 AM Info/volunteer: bryan.cobb@newark.org   Ages 5-15. Adults may not fish
Youth Fishing Clinic Saturday, April 18 Scottsdale Pond, Novato 8:00 – 10:00 (fishing till 11:00) Info/volunteer: bgregg@novato.org   Ages 5-15. Adults may fish with a valid fishing license
Beginner Learn-to-Fish Clinic Sunday, May 17 Lake Cunningham, San Jose 8:00 – 10:00 (fishing till 11:30) To volunteer: volunteer@prk.sccgov.org
Information: Carrie.Grisenti@prk.sccgov.org
No pre-registration
Parking fee 5-15, Adults may not fish
Beginner Learn-to-Fish Clinic Saturday, October 3 Lake Cunningham, San Jose 8:00 – 10:00 (fishing till 11:30) To volunteer: volunteer@prk.sccgov.org
Information: Carrie.Grisenti@prk.sccgov.org
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 Ethan.Rotman@wildlife.ca.gov.

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


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