California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Fishing in the City
San Francisco Bay Area

Community Partnerships

Community Fishing and Watershed Education programs provide opportunities to enjoy aquatic resources while helping community members understand the role they play in maintaining clean and healthy waterways.

This is achieved through the cooperation of community institutions including schools, service clubs, local government, park agencies, water districts, storm water pollution prevention programs, tackle retailers, CDFW and anyone else that is interested in kids, fishing and clean water.

The ultimate goal is to create repeatable fishing experiences, improve recreational opportunities for residents of your community, and to create stewards of our waterways.

  • A Fishing in the City program includes: interested and enthusiastic teachers receiving training in watersheds and fish ecology.
  • Classes studying and exploring a local aquatic resource. This could be a creek, lake or bay. The important thing is that students get “knee-deep” in the resource.
  • A local service club (e.g., Rotary International) adopting the school. After receiving training, club members go into classrooms to teach “Fishing 101” which includes safety and ethics, knot tying, rigging and casting.
  • The service club, CDFW, and other partners sponsoring a day of fishing for the students. The lake is stocked with fish and lunch is provided.
  • Partners offering a learn-to-fish clinic to the community at large. This allows the families to share in the students’ new found hobby.

Tools for Partners

If you have questions or would like more information on creating a Fishing in the City program in your community, please contact Ethan Rotman, Fishing in the City Coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area at (415) 892-0460 or Ethan.Rotman@wildlife.ca.gov.

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