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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​How To Get Started Fishing​

Take your kids fishing, make some great memories, or even start a fun summer tradition! Spending time in nature is not only good for your health and your soul, but it also can create a wonderful and lasting bond with your children. Relaxing times by a gurgling brook or whispering stream or placid lake. Best of all, taking the kids fishing need not be expensive or require a lot of time, or mean a long drive. Getting started isn’t complicated. Follow our basic equipment guide and you’ll be hooked before you know it! ​For bag & possession limits, fee information, educational videos and much more, view the fishi​ng b​rochure​.​

 Fishing Calendar


Spring Fishing Clinic
Saturday, May 7

Sign up for a day filled with fishing tips and giveaways!

Fly Fishing 101 at Golden Gate Canyon
Saturday, May 14

Join volunteer naturalist Ken to learn the in's and outs of fly fishing, including how to tie flies, different stages of the fly's life cycle, and the art of casting with a fly fishing rod.​

Saturday, May 14

FREE Kids' Fishing clinic. Be one of the first 50 to sign up using the website link and you will receive free fishing rods and tackle at the event. Lunch provided to participants. Event is free but a valid park pass is required on all vehicles in the park.

Lathrop Youth Fishing Clinic
Saturday, May 14

This a a fun event for kids to come learn to fish at the youth pond at Lathrop State Park. Poles will be provided. The event is free, but a parks pass is required.

Family Fishing Clinic
Saturday, May 14

Join us for our first Family Fishing Clinic of the season! Learn how to use slip bobbers and leeches and get some instruction from staff and volunteers. Meet at the North Boat Ramp parking lot.

For a complete list of fishing events, visit the CPW Calendar.

 How to Release a Trout Safely

 Bait-Fishing Basics

For more fishing tips, visit the How To videos page.