Fishing in the City

man and boy fishing on riverbank; sunset and urban skyline in background

The Fishing in the City Program, established in 1993, serves Californians living in urban and suburban areas.

To participate, anglers 16 years of age and older must have a valid fishing license (except on Free Fishing Days).

Learn about CDFW's urban fishing program.

Learn to Fish Online

  • Virtual Fishing Clinic - video playlist
    These eight videos make up virtual fishing clinic designed by Santa Clara County Parks to help you learn the basics of freshwater fishing before you go to the waters edge either on your own or as part of a "learn to fish" clinic.
  • Learn to Fish Series - video playlist
    This series of "learn to fish" videos by CDFW provides visual instructions for basic fishing techniques.

In-person Clinics in Your Area

Fishing in the City Clinics offer city dwellers an opportunity to learn how to fish close to home. Ponds are stocked with trout in winter and catfish the rest of the year. Check the regional pages for events near you.

Sport Fish Restoration