Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3616 July 21- August 4 2017 - Page 17

Sacramento Area Urban Lakes & Ponds
Elk Grove Florin Rd
VOL . 36 • ISS . 16

Fishing in the City 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 nonsource-point pollution and habitat degradation . All were surrounded by communities ready to provide the support necessary to create fishing in the city .
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 information about the Sacramento area Fishing in the City Program , contact ( 916 ) 358-2872 , https :// www . wildlife . ca . gov / Fishing-in-the-city / SAC .
For information about the Fishing in the City program in the San Francisco and South Bay areas , contact Ethan Rotman : Ethan . Rotman @ wildlife . ca . gov • ( 415 ) 892-0460
For general information about the program , go to : https :// www . wildlife . ca . gov / fishing-in-the-city

MAP FEATURE

Elverta Road
2
5
38
Business
ZOO
Landpark Dr
5 th
6
5
Dry Creek
6 th 7 th 8th 9th
S T U V W
Broadway
13th Ave
Sutterville Rd
62
Freeport Blvd
Q
160 61
Watt Avenue
1 . Gibson Ranch Bus # 19
38 56 15 2
51
56 2
51 51
83
Sutterville Rd
8 . William Land Park Bus # 2,5,6 , 61,62,87
X
Dry Creek
Road
10th 11th 12th 13th
15
9 . Southside Park ( park on Street ) Bus # 2 , 15 , 38 , 51,56
Jacinto
61
Center Parkway
Cosumnes
Cosumnes River College
River Blvd
To Sacramento
99
Sheldon Road
7 . North Laguna Creek
99
12th Ave
5
80
99 99
Ethan Way
Elverta Rd
Rio Linda
Sacramento 9
8
July 21 - August 4 , 2017
Lakes & Ponds are Available By Regional Transit
80
5 7
160 99
8
El Camino Avenue
Business 23 87
23
HoweWay
Cottage Way
Arden Way
1
Watt Ave
Fair
80
Oaks Blvd
2 3
50
Arden Way
20 20
2 . Howe Park Bus # 20 , 22 , 23 , 87
Bell Street
Sunrise Ave
4
Hazel Ave
Nimbus Hatchery
FISHING NOTES :
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Rainbow hatchery
Trout and
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The American
Department River Fish
of Fish Hatchery
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Wildlife plants rainbow
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Sacramento Area Urban Lakes & Ponds
American River
12
Thom
Rd
5
Stockton
Lower Sac . Rd
17
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
Chase Dr
Folsom Blvd
Coloma Rd
Mather
50
Folsom Blvd
Zinfandel
3 . Hagan Park Bus # 1
Rancho Cordova
Sunrise Blvd
6 . Elk Grove County Park Bus # 56
Sunrise Blvd
Douglas Rd . Eagles Nest Rd
Golf Course
4 . Mather Regional Park the summer when the water temperatures are too high to plant rainbow trout .
Joe says the success of the program is demonstrated by the fact that many anglers who fish for a variety of species grew up as children in the program .
“ I meet a lot of adult anglers in the Sacramento area who started out by coming to our clinics ,” he said . “ In fact , Dmitri , who grew up coming to our events and fishing local ponds , is now a scientific aide with the CDFW .”
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 at Elk Grove Park .
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 , a catch that Joe documented with a photo . 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 schedule for clinics and lakes being planted by calling ( 916 ) 358-2872 or going online at : https :// www . wildlife . ca . gov / Fishing-in-the-city / SAC .
Joe Ferreira ( center ) and CDFW staff and volunteers for the Fishing in the City pose in front of the program ’ s van .
Photo by DAN BACHER , Fish Sniffer Staff . 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 actually encouraging young anglers to fish as part of enjoying and appreciating the outdoors and practicing conservation .
Joe Ferreira was there with parks district officials , former 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 .”
“ Fishing in the City ” gives city dwellers opportunities to both learn how to fish and to fish close to home . The CDFW and local sponsors stock ponds in urban areas with rainbow trout in the winter and catfish during
Simmeul Reed and Billy Smith had fun fishing for catfish at Howe Community Park on Free Fishing Day .
Photo by DAN BACHER , Fish Sniffer Staff .
MAP FEATURE Fishing in the City Facts 23 87 20 om s Fol e r lvd B Mather Lakes & Ponds are Available By Regional Transit 99 1 Elverta Rd 9. Southside Park (park on Street) Bus #2, 15, 38, 51,56 80 Sacramento 9 80 2 5 Rancho Cordova Rio Linda 15 50 80 lvd m B so Fol 99 Douglas Rd. Eagles Nest Rd Golf Course Oaks Blvd Arden Way 3 50 56 15 2 S T 51 U Business V Broa W 56 dwa y 2 X 51 51 D 3. Hagan Park Bus #1 Q 38 Zin as l de fan Ch 2. Howe Park Bus #20, 22, 23, 87 1. Gibson Ranch Bus #19 38 Arden Way 20 American River 23 Cottage Way Elverta Road Business Dry Creek Road El Camino Avenue Nimbus Hatchery 4. Mather Regional Park 8 4 6 13th A 160 ve 61 le Rd ervil 12th Ave ville Rd Sutter Sutt 8. William Land Park Bus #2,5,6, 61,62,87 61 Cosumnes River Blvd 99 99 12 8 Th om Rd FISHING NOTES: FISHING NOTES The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), through a pri- Rainbow Trout The Department of Fish and Wildlife, vate hatchery and – the American River Fish Hatchery, plants rainbow trout a private hatchery the American Fish in through urban ponds every winter. The and program also stocks River channel catfish in Hatchery, rainbow trout in urban ponds every select ponds plants every summer. The exact and schedule and the planted changes every year. This January February. The lakes exact schedule changes every map of the ponds that Eggs, have been planted trout and year. shows Fish most PowerBait, Power Pautzke Fire with Bait, catfish at times since Fishing in the City began in the Sacramento area in nightcrawlers, spinners, spoons and flies for the summer of 1993. The plants are less frequent now maximum and generally ac- success. community and CDFW events. However, more fish are usually company put in when Catfish plants take place. Channel – The CDFW stocks urban ponds with Rainbow - Fish PowerBait, Power Zeke’s Sierra changes Gold Floating channel Trout catfish every summer. The Eggs, exact schedule Trout nightcrawlers, spinners, spoons and flies for maximum every Bait, year. Use mackerel, anchovies, nightcrawlers, chicken success. liver and prepared baits. anchovies, nightcrawlers, chicken liver Channel Catfish - Use mackerel, For prepared the latest information and schedule, contact Joe and baits. For the latest information and schedule, contact (916) 358-2872. 358-2872, Ferreira: Joe.Ferreira@wildlife.ca.gov • (916) https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing-in-the-city/SAC. Cosumnes River College 160 83 62 ZOO 2 99 Sheldon Road 7. North Laguna Creek Sacramento Area Urban Lakes & Ponds the summer when the water tempera- tures are too high to plant rainbow trout. Joe says the success of the pro- gram is demonstrated by the fact that many anglers who fish for a variety of species grew up as children in the program. “I meet a lot of adult anglers in the Sacramento area who started out by coming to our clinics,” he said. “In fact, Dmitri, who grew up coming to our events and fishing local ponds, is now a scientific aide with the CDFW.” In covering Fishing in the City events, I’ve seen some amazing catches. I’ve seen crappie, huge redear Lodi Eight Mile Rd Hammer Lane 5 99 Harding Way Stockton 5. Oak Grove Regional Co. Park (Not Shown on Map) Elk Grove Blvd 61 99 Elk Grove 5 7 5 5 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. 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 information about the Sacramento area Fishing in the City Program, contact (916) 358-2872, https:// www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing-in-the-city/SAC. For information about the Fishing in the City program in the San Francisco and South Bay areas, contact Ethan Rotman: Ethan.Rotman@wildlife.ca.gov • (415) 892-0460 For general information about the program, go to: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing-in-the-city 17 July 21 - August 4, 2017 VOL.36 • ISS. 16 6. Elk Grove County Park Bus #56 sunfish, brook trout and even brown trout caught at Elk Grove Park. However, none of the catches I’ve witnessed touches the 22 lb. white catfish that James Robinson of Sac- ramento pulled out of William Land Park Pond in March 1994, a catch that Joe documented with a photo. 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 schedule for clinics and lakes being planted by calling (916) 358-2872 or going on- line at: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/ Fishing-in-the-city/SAC. Joe Ferreira (center) and CDFW staff and volunteers for the Fishing in the City pose in front of the program’s van. Photo by DAN BACHER, Fish Sniffer Staff. every week, the plants have become less frequent, but more fish are put in during the plants. 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