The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is planting more than 30,000 pounds of rainbow trout – some as large as one pound each – in Bay Area lakes during the month of December.
“We want to create opportunities for families to spend quality time together through the time-honored tradition of fishing,” said DFG acting Regional Manager Scott Wilson. “Fishing, like many other outdoor pursuits, helps keep people connected to their natural environment.”
Anglers are encouraged to submit photos of their catch to the DFG Facebook page with the name, age and location of the catch.
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 Program. Since 1993, Fishing in the City has enhanced fishing near areas where people live and work. This is accomplished though enhanced stocking, habitat improvement and learn-to-fish clinics. Fishing in the City is funded through the Sportfish Restoration Fund, 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)
Horseshoe Lake (Quarry L.), 1,050 lbs.
Lake Elizabeth 500 lbs.
Lakeshore Park, 800 lbs.
Contra Costa County
Heather Farms Pond, 500 lbs.
Hidden Valley Pond, 800 lbs.
Lafayette Reservoir, 1,750 lbs.
Temescal Lake, 1,300 lbs.
Bon Tempe, 4,375 lbs.
Lagunitas, 500 lbs.
San Francisco County
Merced Lake North, 1,750 lbs.
Santa Clara County
Campbell Perc Ponds, 1,500 lbs.
Cunningham Lake, 1,050 lbs.
Sandy Wool Reservoir, 1,000 lbs.
Spring Valley Pond, 250 lbs.
Lake Chabot, 2,250 lbs.
Ralphine Lake, 2,750 lbs.
Image courtesy California DFG