FIC-SF Events

2019/20 Learn-to-Fish Clinics

updated 3/17/2020

Most programs listed are 45-minute clinics that 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.

Most events are for children ages 5-15 only and adults are not allowed to fish. Most programs begin at 8:00 a.m. Clinics begin about every 10 minutes with the final clinic starting at 10:00 a.m., or when we have reached the maximum capacity for the day which is usually 150 participants.

Date Event Lake City Time Information To Volunteer Cost Other Info
11/09/2019 Learn To Fish Lakeshore Park Newark 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. Free Ages 8-15  
2/2/2020 Learn To Fish Sandy Wool Lake Milpitas 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Free Ages 5- 15. No pre-registration; first come, first served. Parking fee.
3/15/2020 Learn to Fish Sandy Wool Lake
Milpitas 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Free
Ages 5-15. No pre-registration. Parking fee.
 4/5/2020 Learn To Fish
Sandy Wool Lake
Milpitas 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Free Ages 5- 15. No pre-registration. Parking fee.
4/25/2020 Learn To Fish Scottsdale Pond Novato 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Free Registration encouraged - go to link opens in new windowthe City of Novato's website.
4/25/2020 Learn to Fish Lakeshore Park
Neward 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Free Ages 5-15. No pre-registration; first come, first served. Parking fee.

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