August 16, 2005 > Gone fishin'
by Bryan Reeves
From freshwater catfish to saltwater white sturgeon, the Tri-Cities and surrounding area has it all when it comes to fishing. A wide variety of stocked ponds and bayside angling make for a number of good locations to cast a line.
Quarry Lakes and Shinn Pond
The East Bay Regional Park District offers many places to fish including three great spots in Fremont. The first two are Quarry Lakes (2250 Isherwood Way) and Shinn Pond, (found via Niles Community Park). The fresh waters of both fishing holes are teeming with Largemouth bass (minimum size 12 inches, limit five per day), Bluegill & sunfish (no minimum size, no limit) and Channel catfish (minimum size, no limit).
Horseshoe and Rainbow Lakes at Quarry also have Rainbow trout (no minimum size, limit five) and Smallmouth bass (minimum 12 inches, limit five). The waters of both are regularly stocked with rainbow trout and channel catfish as part of California's "Fishing in the City" Program. These fish average one pound each resulting in a number of fishermen reporting catching limits. Quarry Lakes is in the process of building a $1.15 million handicapped-accessible fishing pier making the park even more fisherman-friendly.
EBRPD's regulations state that a California state fishing license is required for anglers age 16 or older. In addition, a Park District daily fishing permit is required and may be purchased through a self-registration process located at the swim complex ($4 in exact change required; fee subject to change). State fish and game regulations apply. The park is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the winter months. A District Daily Fishing Access Permit is not needed at Shinn Pond. For more information call (510) 538-1148.
A California Fishing License and EBRPD Daily Fishing Access Permit ($4 per day for persons age 16 and older and available for purchase at park gates) are required for all anglers age 16 and over. Park gates at 2100 Isherwood Way are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and walk-in hours are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Don Castro Park
Anglers in Hayward enjoy EBRPD's Don Castro Park where trout, bass, catfish and bluegill can be caught Like other East Bay Regional parks the lake is stocked regularly with trout and catfish. Don Castro is located at 22400 Woodroe Avenue in Hayward.
Lake Elizabeth at Central Park in Fremont is another hot fishing spot. "Supercatchable" rainbow trout (1 to 3 pounds per fish) are planted October to April. In the early fall and late spring, catfish weighing between 1 and 2 pounds per fish are planted in the lake's waters. Contact the city of Fremont for more information at (510) 790-5541. Lake Elizabeth is located in Central Park located at 40000 Paseo Padre Parkway.
One of the area's most popular fishing spots is Lakeshore Park in Newark. Lakeshore is comprised of approximately 10 acres of turf and 16 acres of water. The city of Newark offers fishing clinics twice a year. The park is located at Lake Boulevard and Parkshore Drive. For more information call Newark Recreation Services at (510) 742-4400.
Sandy Wool Lake
As the temperatures get the further south you go past Fremont, it is good to know there is a peaceful place to be. The 1,539 acre Ed R. Levin County Park is one of Santa Clara County's most unique regional park and recreation areas. Sandy Wool Lake located in the northern portion of the park off Downing Road is regularly stocked with fish. All California state fishing laws apply in Santa Clara County parks. Ed R. Levin County Park is located at 3100 Calaveras Road in Milpitas and is open from 8 a.m. to sunset. For more information contact the park office at (408) 262-6980.
Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge fishing pier
Some anglers enjoy the unpredictability of the open Bay and prefer saltwater fishing. Rays, leopard sharks, white sturgeon, striped bass, and shiner surf perch are the most common catch at the pier at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. A public fishing pier is located at the end of Marshlands Road and is open year-round; however, Marshlands Road is closed to motorized vehicles from April 1 to August 31 to protect nesting birds. A free shuttle service is offered on weekends during these months.
Part of the refuge is nearby Coyote Creek Lagoon. It is easy to reach, but hard to find since there are no signs pointing to it. It is just west of I-880 off Warren Avenue.
Free Fishing Day
While fishing regulations such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect, there are two Saturdays each year when anyone can fish without purchasing a fishing license. The next California Free Fishing Day is September 24. Visit the Department of Fish and Game's website at www.dfg.ca.gov for more information.