Fishing in the City - Sacramento Metro Area

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Fishing Events

Youth Beginner "Learn to Fish" Clinics

Ages 5-15, Pre-Registration Required

These events are geared towards children ages 5-15 years old with little to no fishing experience. All participants must be accompanied by an adult, and use Fishing in the City provided rods/reels and tackle (no personal fishing gear allowed). These events have a rolling start time of 8am - 10am. When signing up, please choose which time slot you plan to arrive (between 8am - 9am, 9am - 10am, or 10am - 10:30am). Participants must complete a 45-minute "Learn to Fish" clinic in order to borrow gear. As participants arrive, they will be put into small groups to go through a series of stations, during which they will learn about casting, knot-tying, fishing safety, conservation and ecology, and more. Once they have completed the clinic they may fish until noon .

Events are rain or shine. In the event of hot, wet and/or cold weather please dress appropriately. Family members are welcome to come and learn, however, adults may not fish until the event ends. When you register, please list the name/age of the children who will be, as well as the name/contact information of the adults who will be joining.

Note: All participants must use the Fishing in the City rod/reels and the rigs as they are. This helps to ensure equal opportunity.

Summer 2024 Event Dates

Date/Time Event Location Register
May 11, 2024
8:00 a.m. - Noon
Youth Learn To Fish Clinic Granite Regional Park Choose your start time:
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. start
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. start
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.(opens in new tab)
June 15, 2024
8:00 a.m. - Noon
Youth Learn To Fish Clinic Hagan Community Park Choose your start time:
8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.(opens in new tab)
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.(opens in new tab)
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.(opens in new tab)
July 6, 2024
8:00 a.m. - Noon
Youth Learn To Fish Clinic Howe Park Choose your start time:
8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.(opens in new tab)
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.(opens in new tab)
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
August 3, 2024
8:00 a.m. - Noon
Youth Learn To Fish Clinic Granite Regional Park coming soon
August 31, 2024
8:00 a.m. - Noon
Youth Learn To Fish Clinic Elk Grove Regional Park coming soon
Sept. 14th, 2024 
8:00 a.m. - Noon
Youth Learn To Fish Clinic Mather Regional Park coming soon

Rod Loan Program

Go fishing with the loan of a rod and tackle box. Learn more about CDFW's Rod Loan Program in Sacramento.

Learn to Fish Videos

Learn fishing basics on your own with these instructional videos.

Event Photos

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Two boys fishing
group learning to fish
Group of Anglers on the shore
Group of youth learning to cast
Young anglers on a shore fishing
Young anglers on the shore
Boy holding trout close to face
Family holding fishing pole and fish

Community Partners

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).

Contact

Contact the Sacramento area Fishing in the City program at r2fishinginthecity@wildlife.ca.gov.

Sport Fish Restoration

North Central Region (Region 2)
Regional Manager: Morgan Kilgour
Main Office: 1701 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Sales Hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
Email the North Central Region | (916) 358-2900 | FAX: (916) 358-2912