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South Bay Fishing in the City

Published on: 5/7/2020 3:26 PM

In the abundance of caution, we are cancelling Sunday, May 17,  South Bay Fishing in the City event.  The County's Public Health Department is recommending proactive steps to protect the health of our community by cancelling large public events or gatherings where self-distancing from one another is not a viable option.  We understand that people are very concerned about COVID-19.  While the vast majority of people who become infected with COVID-19 do not become seriously ill, and fully recover, we want to be mindful in helping to slow its spread, especially to vulnerable members of our community.  For more information or questions, please call 408-355-2240.

​Since 1995 South Bay Fishing in the City has taught thousands of local children how to fish through in-school programs and fishing clinics at various Santa Clara County and San Jose City parks. The foundation of this program is to teach children to fish and provide the knowledge and tools needed to return and fish on their own.

On Community Fishing Days children age 5-15 learn the joys of fishing, and to discover opportunities to fish at public lakes, ponds and streams in their own community. The program also provides children an appreciation of the outdoors, basic environmental awareness, and promotes a sense of stewardship of parks, fishing and the environment as a whole. Thanks to the program’s partners, South Bay Fishing in the City is offered at no cost to the participants (any park entrance fees must be paid).

South Bay Fishing in the City partners include:

All events take place from 8:00 to 11:30 AM.  No pre-reqistration required. This is a  first come, first serve clinic operating from 8:00 – 10:00 AM. Children must be 5-15 years old. Participants first go through a clinic on the basics of fishing, including: safety and ethics, knot tying, casting and rigging. All clinics are taught by our dedicated and knowledgeable volunteer staff. Children are loaned a rod (a parental ID is required for every two rods loaned), provided bait and tackle and then try their luck at fishing for the remainder of the event!

Parental supervision is mandatory, but we encourage that kids be allowed to “do it themselves” – let them do the fishing!


February 2, 2020
8 am – 11:30 am
Ed Levin Co Park
Sandy Wool Lake
 $6 Parking Fee
March 15, 2020
8 am – 11:30 am
$6 Parking Fee
April 5, 2020
8 am – 11:30 am
$6 Parking Fee
May 17, 2020
8 am – 11:30 am
$6 Parking Fee

To prepare for these special youth fishing events, the lakes will be closed to public fishing for a few days prior to and during the event dates.​

For more information, please call (408) 355-2240 or email.

If you enjoy fishing and want to serve your community, volunteer for an upcoming Fishing in the City event--click here!​​

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