Rod Loan Program

What is the Rod Loan Program (RLP)?

This program provides the opportunity to go fishing with the loan of a rod and tackle box. RLP participants will receive information to help them successfully fish on their own while obeying fishing rules and regulations. Equipment can be borrowed for up to 48 hours from participating locations.

How do you get started with the rod loan program?

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  • Participate in a Fishing in the City clinic. (see clinic schedule). During the clinic, ask CDFW staff how to obtain a Rod Loan Program card.
  • Complete the form and return it to staff. If you are under 18, a parent or guardian's signature is required. Staff will provide you with a fresh RLP card. You are now able to borrow a rod from any of our host sites!
  • Take your rod loan card to a host site (see list of host sites below).

That's it!

How does it work?

Within 48 hours, return the rod and tackle to the host site from which you borrowed it. Make sure it's in good condition and you'll receive your RLP card back for future use. Also, when you return your equipment, complete a short questionnaire to tell us more about your experience. If the rod is returned damaged, your RLP card may be revoked.

Program Guidelines

  • Any person 16 or older must possess a valid fishing license.
  • Any person under the age of 18 must have consent of parent or guardian.
  • Maximum check-out time for equipment is 48 hours.
  • Rod must be returned in working condition.
  • All appropriate fishing rules and regulations must be followed.
  • Have fun!

Host Sites

  • Howe Community Park, 2201 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825
  • Hagan Community Center, 2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

More Host Sites coming soon!

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Howe Community Park

Interested in Becoming a RLP Host Site?

Here's what you need:

  • Physical space to store and loan out rods to the public
  • Staff or someone available to check rods in and out
  • Availability to work with the general public and have consistent hours of availability
  • Ability to provide light maintenance on returned equipment.

For more information about how to become a RLP Host site, email r2fishinginthecity@wildlife.ca.gov.

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Fishing in the City - Sacramento Metro Area
Information line: (916) 358-2872
r2fishinginthecity@wildlife.ca.gov

Related Information

2019 Additional Catfish Stocking

Date Location
July 19 Hagan Community Park
Willow Hills Community Park 
North Natomas Regional Park
August 23 Mather Regional Park
August 30 Howe Community Park 
September 12 Auburn Regional Park 
Hagan Community Park