California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Fishing in the City
2014 San Francisco Bay Events

Learn-to-Fish Clinics

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.

Event Date Location City Time Information / Registration Cost Ages
Sturgeon Derby Saturday, February 11 McNears Beach San Rafael 8:30 AM – Noon (415) 507-4045 Parking fee  
Beginner Learn-to-Fish Clinic Sunday, February 9 Sandy Wool Lake Milpitas 8:00 – 10:00 AM (fishing till 11:30) Email to volunteer
Email for Information
No pre-registration
Parking fee 5-15
Bass Fishing Saturday, February 22 Stafford Lake Novato 8:30 AM – Noon (415) 507-4045 Parking fee  
Beginner Learn-to-Fish Clinic Sunday, March 23 Los Gatos Creek County Park Campbell Due to poor water quality as a result of the current drought, this event has been cancelled.
Beginner Learn-to-Fish Clinic Saturday, March 29 Lake Ralphine Santa Rosa 8:00 – 10:00 AM (fishing till 11:30) Email to volunteer or for information   5-15
Fishing Derby Sunday, March 30 Lake Ralphine Santa Rosa 7:30 – 11:00 AM Email to volunteer or for information   5-15
Beginner Learn-to-Fish Clinic Saturday, April 12 Lake Chabot, Vallejo Vallejo 8:00 – 10:00 AM (fishing till 11:30) Email to volunteer or for information   5-15
Fishing Derby Sunday, April 13 Lake Chabot, Vallejo Vallejo 8:00 AM – Noon Email to volunteer or for information   5-15
Beginner Learn-to-Fish Clinic Saturday, April 19 Lake Elizabeth Fremont 8:00 – 10:00 AM (fishing till 11:30) Email to volunteer or for information    
Beginner Learn-to-Fish Clinic Saturday, April 26 Scottsdale Pond Novato 8:00 – 10:00 AM (fishing till 11:30) Email to volunteer or for information   5-15
Beginner Learn-to-Fish Clinic Sunday, April 27 Sandy Wool Lake Milpitas 8:00 – 10:00 AM (fishing till 11:30) Email to volunteer
Email for Information
No pre-registration
Parking fee 5-15
My First Fish Wednesday, April 30 Shadow Cliffs Reservoir Livermore 5:00 – 7:00 PM More information
(510) 544-2553
$40 5-17
Beginner Learn-to-Fish Clinic Sunday, May 18 Lake Cunningham San Jose 8:00 – 10:00 AM (fishing till 11:30) Email to volunteer
Email for Information
No pre-registration
Parking fee 5-15
Pier Fishing Saturday, June 7 Dumbarton Fishing Pier Fremont 9:00 AM – Noon Email to volunteer
Email for information
(510) 792-0222, ext. 476
Pre-registration will open in May
Free 5-15
Fathers Day Fishing Derby Saturday, June 14 Paradise Park Tiburon 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM 415) 435-9212
Email for information
No pre-registration
$10 park entrance fee  
Fishing Derby Saturday, August 23 Paradise Park Tiburon 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM 415) 435-9212
Email for information
No pre-registration

$10 park entrance fee  
My First Fish Wednesday, October 1 Quarry Lakes Fremont 4:00 – 6:00 PM More information
(510) 544-2553
$40 5-17
Beginner Learn-to-Fish Clinic Saturday, October 4 Lake Cunningham San Jose 8:00 – 10:00 AM (fishing till 11:30) Email to volunteer
Email for Information
No pre-registration
Parking fee 5-15

More events may be added.

East Bay Regional Park District is seeking volunteers for fishing events for children with special needs. For information contact Elaine Deshaies at (510) 544-2211. All events are first-come, first-served unless otherwise noted.

  • 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) 892-0460.

Link to information about this program's Federal Sport Fish Restoration funding