Fish Sniffer Magazine Volume 41 Issue 15 - Page 15

Elk Grove Florin Rd
VOL . 41 • ISS . 15

MAP FEATURE

September 16 , 2022
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Sacramento River Map Facts

Overview : The CDFW ’ s Urban Fishing Program serves Californians living in the Sacramento , San Francisco and Los Angeles metropolitan areas .
The program was created in 1993 to improve angling opportunities for California ’ s growing urban population . Consistent with trends across the country , California ’ s urban anglers identified a lack of free time as the primary reason why they don ’ t fish more or stopped altogether .
Many city and regional park lakes , ponds , and streams were all but forgotten as potential fishing sites and many lacked adequate facilities , staff , or fish to sustain a fishing program . Some suffered from non-source-point pollution and habitat degradation . All were surrounded by communities ready to provide the support necessary to create fishing in the city .
Elverta Road
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Dry Creek
Watt Avenue
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9 . Southside Park ( park on Street ) Bus # 2 , 15 , 38 , 51,56
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Lakes & Ponds are Available By Regional Transit
Elverta Rd
Rio Linda
Sacramento
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8
El Camino Avenue
Business 23 87
Ethan Way
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Cottage Way
Arden Way
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Watt Ave
Fair
80
Oaks Blvd
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Arden Way
20
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2 . Howe Park Bus # 20 , 22 , 23 , 87
Bell Street
Sunrise Ave
Hazel Ave
Nimbus Hatchery
American River
Chase Dr
Folsom Blvd
Coloma Rd
Mather
50
Folsom Blvd
Zinfandel
3 . Hagan Park Bus # 1
Rancho Cordova
Sunrise Blvd
Sunrise Blvd
Douglas Rd . Eagles Nest Rd
Golf Course
4 . Mather Regional Park
The program ’ s Fishing in the City Clinics gives city dwellers an opportunity to learn how to fish , and to fish close to home . It also gives participants an opportunity to borrow rods , bait and tackle through the Tackle Loaner Program .
Ponds are stocked with trout in winter and catfish the rest of the year . Anglers 16 years of age and older need to have a fishing license except for on Free Fishing Days .
Another outreach program is the Kids in Creeks school-based fishing program in the San Francisco Bay area . In Marin , Alameda and Contra Costa Counties , teachers complete a three-day watershed education program followed by a fishing trip . In Santa Clara County , similar programs are available .
For more information about the Sacramento area Fishing in the City Program , go to : https :// www . wildlife . ca . gov / Fishing-in-the-city / SAC .
For general information about the program throughout the state , go to : https :// www . wildlife . ca . gov / fishing-in-the-city
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Center Parkway
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13th Ave
Sutterville Rd
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Freeport Blvd
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8 . William Land Park Bus # 2,5,6 , 61,62,87
Cosumnes
Cosumnes River College
River
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To Sacramento
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Sheldon Road
7 . North Laguna Creek
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12th Ave
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160 99
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FISHING NOTES Rainbow Trout – The Department of Fish and Wildlife , through a private hatchery and the American River Fish Hatchery , plants rainbow trout in urban ponds every January and February . The exact schedule changes every year . Fish PowerBait , Power Eggs , Pautzke Fire Bait , nightcrawlers , spinners , spoons and flies for maximum success . Channel Catfish – The CDFW stocks urban ponds with channel catfish every summer . The exact schedule changes every year . Use mackerel , anchovies , nightcrawlers , chicken liver and prepared baits . For the latest information and schedule , contact Joe Ferreira : Joe . Ferreira @ wildlife . ca . gov • ( 916 ) 358-2872 .
Sacramento Area Urban Lakes & Ponds
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12
Thom
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5
Stockton
Lower Sac . Rd
Lodi
Eight Mile Rd
Hammer Lane
99
Harding Way
5 . Oak Grove Regional Co . Park ( Not Shown on Map )
Elk Grove Blvd 61
Elk Grove
99
6 . Elk Grove County Park Bus # 56
According to the CDFW website : “ The Fishing in the City program was created in 1993 to improve angling opportunities to California ’ s growing urban population . Consistent with trends across the country , California ’ s urban anglers identified a lack of free time as the primary reason why they don ’ t fish more or stopped altogether . Many city and regional park lakes , ponds , and streams were all but forgotten as potential fishing sites and many lacked adequate facilities , staff , or fish to sustain a fishing program . Some suffered from non-point source pollution and habitat degradation . All were surrounded by communities ready to provide the support necessary to create fishing in the city .”
In spite of Department cutbacks over the years and increasing costs of planting fish , the program has endured . Whereas the program used to stock a number of ponds in the Sacramento area with fish every week , the plants have become less frequent , but more fish are put in during the plants . When I attended the first “ Fishing in the City ” event at Southside Park in Sacramento in the summer of 1993 , I was impressed by the then new program and its mission of encouraging young anglers to fish as part of enjoying and appreciating the outdoors and practicing conservation . Joe Ferreira was there with park district officials , the late City Councilman Jimmy Yee and a bunch of kids and some adults after the first
plant of channel catfish in the lakes . Since that inaugural event , I have attended over 60 of the program ’ s events , as well as fishing in a few of them . This program is one that actually increases angling opportunities , rather decreasing them or taking them away as California ’ s population continues to grow . When I was a kid growing up in Sacramento , I had to figure out how to fish in local waters pretty much on my own . I would often travel to the American River by bike to fish for shad , steelhead and striped bass . Nowadays , young and novice anglers have good opportunities to learn about fishing from angling experts in clinics , seminars and workshops provided by government agencies , fishing groups and bait and
tackle stores , but no program equals Fishing in the City , in my opinion . In covering Fishing in the City events , I ’ ve seen some amazing catches . I ’ ve seen crappie , huge redear sunfish , brook trout and even brown trout caught in the local ponds . However , none of the catches I ’ ve witnessed touches the 22 lb . white catfish that James Robinson of Sacramento pulled out of William Land Park Pond in March 1994 . That fish is not only the state record , but also a world record for the species , according to the Freshwater Fishing Fall of Fame . You can find out the clinics and lakes being planted by going online at : https :// www . wildlife . ca . gov / Fishing-in-the-city / SAC .
Richard Muñoz , coordinator of the CDFW ’ s Fishing in the City program in the Sacramento area , shows anglers how to rig up rods to fish for channel catfish on Free Fishing Day at Hagen Park in Rancho Cordova .
Photo by Dan Bacher
Anglers wait for a catfish bite at the Hagen Park Pond in Rancho Cordova on September 3 .
Photo by Dan Bacher
Don Paganelli , the CDFW ’ s Fishing in the City Program staff fishing expert also known as the “ DonFather ,” speaks at a fishing clinic at Hagen Park on September 3 .
Photo by Dan Bacher