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.

Sac Fishing Community Events

Fishing Clinics

Pre-registration Required

(*Prerequisite: Recent participation in a FIC Beginner clinic or prior angling experience. All ages are welcome that meet pre-requisite. Fishing license required for anglers 16 and over.)

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, August 10, 6:00-6:40 p.m. - Get to Know Warm Water Fish
    In the peak of summer heat we want to ready to fish for all the warmwater fish common to fishing holes around Sac. In this session we'll discuss the most popular warmwater fish in the area, bass, catfish crappie, and bluegill. We'll also talk a little about how and where to catch them.
  • Wednesday, August 17, 6:00-6:40 p.m. - Bass Fishing with the DonFather
    Want to explore bass fishing? Whether you are a seasoned expert or a bass fishing novice Don Paganelli, aka the "Donfather," can help you bring your bass fishing to the next level. 
  • Wednesday, August 24, 6:00-6:40 p.m. - Skinning and Cleaning Catfish
    There's more than one way to skin a cat...fish. We'll show you one way . Join us to learn how to skin and clean your catfish. This is an interactive virtual program because we want to hear the different ways you skin your catfish.

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