Fishing in the City - Sacramento Metro Area

FIC-Sacramento Mission

The mission of Fishing in the City-Sacramento is to join communities in the critical work of creating a racially equitable outdoor movement to expand access for all to parks, open spaces, nature, and cultural amenities; and to ensure that fishing opportunities are accessible, safe, and welcoming to all people who've historically been prevented from enjoying them and the health benefits they afford.

CDFW will be regularly stocking the following ponds with Rainbow trout November 2022- February 2023. 

Sac Fishing Community Events

Fishing Clinics (Pre-registration Required)

Beginner Clinic

Beginner clinic are for those just beginning their fishing journey. Knowledgeable FIC staff will provide fishing instruction, demonstrations, as well as assist in you in learning practical fishing skills you can build on. Family and friends are welcome to come and learn. Fishing is reserved for clinic participants.

Next Level Clinics

Ready to bring your fishing to the next level? All equipment, including bait and tackle, will be provided. This clinic will help you to learn technical skills and rig a line to catch fish. Increase your fishing skills and knowledge. Feel free to bring your rod and reel and we'll help you set it up.

*Prerequisite to participate is completion of FIC's beginner clinic or have some previous fishing experience

Hooked On Fishing Not On Violence (HOFNOV)

For more information, and to confirm your attendance, please contact HOFNOV at (916) 889-0105.

Virtual Gatherings

Interactive Virtual Fishing Programs-All experience levels encouraged to join. No Registration Needed

Click/tap links to join the virtual program

  • Wednesday, October 26, 6:00-6:40 p.m. - Cold Water Fishing
    The weather is getting cooler and we want to help you catch cold water fish. Join experienced and knowledgeable FIC staff to begin the conversation on cold water species, local fishing spots, bait and tackle, techniques, and more!
  • Wednesday November 9, 6:00-6:40 p.m.- Spotlight on Trout
    Trout are a popular sportfish throughout California. Cooler weather and water temperatures usher a new season of trout fishing for FIC. We won't to take a moment to honor these fish and their habitats and talk about the variety ways we'll catch them. Join us!
  • Wednesday November 30, 6:00-6:40 p.m.- Cold Water Fishing Part 2
    We will continue our discussion around cold water fish and how to catch them. Join experienced and knowledgeable FIC staff to begin the conversation on cold water species, local fishing spots, bait and tackle, techniques, and more!

Community Partnerships

Community Based Organizations (CBOs)

Hooked on Fishing Not On Violence (HOFNOV)

HOFNOV's mission is to use fishing clinics as a vehicle to mentor children and create real moments of truth between our angler mentors.

Hooked on Fishing Not On Violence (HOFNOV) program was founded in 2011. Through engagement of local children and teens HOFNOV has provided the opportunity to participate in our fishing derbies and camping trips that are held several times during the spring and summer fishing seasons. This program is uniquely designed to expose inner city at-promise children to the art and sport of fishing. HOFNOV is a nice fit for Sacramento because of the River City’s proximity to rivers, lakes and several streams, and creeks. We have found that fishing breaks down a multitude of barriers and assists in behavioral re-direction. Not only is this activity enjoyable to local youth, it is a physical activity that increases health and fitness.

Through our on-going partnership with HOFNOV we are collaborating to increase fishing access and opportunities for those that need it most. Check out HOFNOV calendar of events to find out what fishing opportunities are coming up.

Agency Partnerships

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City of Sacramento-Youth, Parks, and Community Enrichment

City of Sacramento Youth parks and Community Enrichment collaborates with FIC staff to provide quality fishing instruction at urban ponds within the city of Sacramento.

Fishing in City sites include Granite Regional Park and North Natomas Regional Park


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Cordova Recreation and Parks District

Cordova Recreation and Parks District partner with FIC to provide community fishing events at Hagan Community Park.


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Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District

FIC collaborates with FEC recreation and park district to provide fishing events at Howe Community Park.


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Sacramento County Parks and Recreation

Mather Lake is a popular fishing spot that we regularly stock and provide fishing events as well.


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Cosumnes Community Services District - Parks and Recreation

Elk Grove Regional Park is open for fishing March 1- November 30. Here is a full list of Elk Grove Regional Park specific regulations.


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Southgate Recreation and Park District

Florin Creek Park pond is filled a stocked two times a year specifically for community events. Here is more information on the Florin Creek Community Center (PDF).

Bait and Tackle Shops

Bait and Tackle Shops will be added. Please check back later