California Department of Fish and Game Gives Holiday Present To Anglers

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California Department of Fish and Game Gives Holiday Present To AnglersThe Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will stock rainbow trout and catfish in the San Francisco Bay Area this month. More than 37,000 pounds of rainbow trout — some as large as one pound each — and catfish up to two pounds each will be stocked in lakes during December. In addition to trout stocked from DFG hatcheries, DFG’s Fishing in the City program will contribute catchable fish purchased from private fish rearing facilities to Bay Area lakes.

“We want to create opportunities for families to spend quality time together enjoying each other and the time-honored tradition of fishing,” says Eric Larson, Biological Programs Manager for DFG’s Bay Delta Region. “Fishing, like most other outdoor pursuits, helps keep people connected to the natural environment. This is a simple, inexpensive way to enjoy time together.”

A fishing license is required of all anglers age 16 or older and all fishing regulations apply. Some lakes may require a daily fishing permit.

The enhanced stocking is coordinated through DFG’s Fishing in the City (FIC) program. Since 1993, FIC has worked to increase fishing opportunities near where people live and work. This is accomplished though enhanced stocking, habitat improvement and holding learn-to-fish clinics with community partners. FIC is funded by the National Sportfish Restoration Fund, through an excise tax on the sale of fishing tackle and motor boat fuel.

The following lakes will be stocked as a part of this special program (listings include county, lake and number of pounds planted):

California Department of Fish and Game Gives Holiday Present To AnglersDec. 1-5
DFG Hatchery Trout (1/2 pound per fish)

County Lake Pounds
Alameda: Chabot Reservoir 2,000
Contra Costa: Los Vaqueros Reservoir 2,000
San Francisco: Merced Lake North 2,000
Santa Cruz: Pinto Lake 1,000
Sonoma: Ralphine Lake 1,000
Alameda: Arroyo Del Valle 2,000

Dec. 8-12
DFG Hatchery Trout (1/2 pound per fish)

County Lake Pounds
Alameda: Horseshoe Lake 2,000
Contra Costa: Contra Loma Reservoir 500
Santa Clara: Campbell Perc Pond 500
Santa Clara: Cunningham Lake 500
Santa Clara: Sandywool Lake 500

Dec. 15-19
DFG Hatchery trout (1/2 pound per fish)

County Lake Pounds
Alameda: Lake Shore Park Pond 300
Alameda: Quarry Lake 300
Alameda: Shadow Cliff Lake 2,000
Contra Costa: Heather Farms 200
Contra Costa: Hidden Valley Pond 100
Contra Costa: Los Vaqueros Reservoir 2,000
San Francisco: Merced Lake North 2,000
Santa Cruz: Pinto Lake 1,000
Sonoma: Ralphine Lake 1,000

Dec. 15-19
1.5-2 Pound Catfish FIC

County Lake Pounds
Santa Clara Lake Cunningham 750
Contra Costa Heather Farms 500
Marin Scottsdale 500
Marin Stafford Lake 1,000

Dec 15-19
1 Pound Trout FIC

County Lake Pounds
Sonoma Lake Ralphine 1,000
Contra Costa Don Castro 500
Contra Loma Contra Loma 500
Alameda Shadow Cliffs 500
Alameda Lake Temescal 500
San Francisco Lake Merced 750
Santa Clara Campbell Perc Ponds 750
Santa Clara Lake Cunningham 1,000
Santa Clara Spring Valley Pond 300

Dec. 22-26
DFG Hatchery Trout (1/2 pound per fish)

County Lake Pounds
Alameda Arroyo Del Valle 2,000
Alameda Chabot Reservoir 2,000

Dec. 27
1 pound Rainbow Trout FIC

County Lake Pounds
Alameda Lakeshore Park 500
Alameda Lake Elizabeth 500
Contra Costa Hidden Valley Pond 500
Alameda Horseshoe Lake (Quarry Lakes) 500
Contra Costa Heather Farms Pond 500
Solano Lake Chabot Vallejo 1,000

For more information, visit the Fishing in the City Web site at www.fishinginthecity.org. For an up-to-date list of fish planting, visit www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Hatcheries/FishPlanting/BayDelta.asp.