Thousands of Fish Stocked In Bay Area

Just in time for the holiday season, the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will be stocking 23,000 pounds of fish into 21 lakes around the Bay Area this month.


Planting has already begun with 21,000 pounds of rainbow trout - many of them one-pounders - and 2,000 pounds of catfish up to one-and-a-half pounds each.

"The holiday season is a time for family and friends to connect and spend quality time together, and there's no better way to do this than the time-honored tradition of fishing," said Carl Wilcox, Regional Manager for DFG's Bay Delta Region. "DFG has made it even easier to buy a license for yourself or someone else with our Automated License Data System. With the lakes stocked and your license just a mouse click away, all that's left to do is show up and enjoy yourself."

The enhanced stocking is coordinated through DFG's Fishing in the City Program, utilizing trout produced by DFG hatcheries and an additional supply of trout and catfish procured from private vendors through program resources.


Since 1993, the Fishing in the City program has supported opportunities for fishing near where people live and work. This is accomplished through fish stocking, habitat improvement and learn-to-fish clinics for youth. The program is funded through the Sportfish Restoration Fund, an excise tax on the sale of fishing tackle and motor boat fuel. DFG trout hatcheries receive funding from the sales of sport fishing licenses.

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

Holiday Fish Plant Schedule

Week of December 12, 2011

  • Bon Tempe Reservoir, Marin County, 2,000 pounds of rainbow trout
  • Campbell Percolation Ponds, Santa Clara County, 700 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Contra Loma, Contra Costa County, 500 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Heather Farms, Contra Costa County, 500 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Hidden Valley Lakes, Contra Costa County, 500 pounds of rainbow trout
  • Lafayette Reservoir, Contra Costa County, 500 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Lake Chabot, Solano County, 500 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Lake Cunningham, Santa Clara County, 600 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Lake Lagunitas, Marin County, 1,000 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Lake Merced, north, San Francisco, 500 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Pinto Lake, Monterey County 4,000 lbs of rainbow trout

Week of December 19, 2011

  • Bon Tempe Reservoir, 500 pounds of rainbow trout
  • Campbell Percolation Ponds, Santa Clara County, 500 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Heather Farms, Contra Costa County, 500 lbs of catfish
  • Hidden Valley Lakes, Contra Costa County, 500 pounds of catfish
  • Lafayette Reservoir, Contra Costa County, 1,000 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Lake Cunningham, Santa Clara County, 500 lbs of catfish
  • Lake Cunningham, Santa Clara County, 750 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Lake Elizabeth, Alameda County, 500 pounds of rainbow trout
  • Lake Ralphine, Sonoma County, 300 pounds of rainbow trout
  • Lake Temescal, Alameda County, 250 pounds of catfish
  • Lake Temescal, Alameda County, 400 pounds of rainbow trout
  • Lakeshore Park, Alameda County, 250 pounds of catfish
  • Lakeshore Park, Alameda County, 500 pounds of rainbow trout
  • Pinto Lake, Monterey County 1,000 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Sandy Wool Reservoir, Santa Clara County, 750 pounds of rainbow trout

Week of December 26, 2011

  • Campbell Percolation Ponds, Santa Clara County, 500 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Horseshoe Lake (Quarry), 500 pounds of rainbow trout
  • Lake Chabot, Solano County, 500 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Lake Merced nNorth, San Francisco, 500 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Lake Raphine, Sonoma County, 750 pounds rainbow trout
  • Shadow Cliffs, Alameda County, 500 pounds of rainbow trout
  • Spring Valley Pond, Santa Clara County, 250 pounds of rainbow trout

All plants subject to change without notice.


All anglers 16 years or older A fishing license is required of all anglers age 16 or older and all fishing regulations apply. Some lakes may also require a daily fishing permit. Annual licenses and gift vouchers can be purchased online at www.dfg.ca.gov/onlinesales.

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