Palo Alto Online Database last updated: Monday, May 6, 2013.|
1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. This small pond is located in Arastradero Preserve, a 20-minute hike from the parking lot. The preserve is open to everyone and admission is free. Dogs permitted on leash only. Biking on designated trails. No swimming or boating permitted. All California Fish and Game rules apply. 8 a.m.-sunset. Call 650-329-2423.
Foothills Park on Page Mill Road, Palo Alto. This small 9-acre lake offers fishing for large-mouthed bass, channel catfish and sunfish. The lake and park are open only to Palo Alto residents and their guests. While swimming is prohibited you can enjoy the lake with your non-motorized and hand-launched boat. Canoes are also available for rent on the weekends and holidays from May 1 to Oct. 31. Certified lifejackets are required for all and state fishing licenses are required for those 16 and older. Call 650-329-2423.
Dumbarton Fishing Pier
2 Marshland Road, Fremont. Head east on the Dumbarton Bridge and exit at Thornton Avenue. Turn right onto Thornton Avenue, then right onto Marshlands Road. Follow the road 3 miles to the fishing pier parking lot. No entrance or parking fees. Closed to vehicle traffic April 1 to Aug. 31 to protect nesting birds. During road closure, the pier is available by foot, bike (6-mile round-trip) or a small shuttle bus on the weekends. It leaves from the closed gate at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. The 5 p.m. trip is a return trip only. Reservations must be made to use the shuttle. Open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. November-March; 7 a.m.-8 p.m., April-October. Call 510-792-0222.
Fishing licenses are required in California for all fishing endeavors. You can get a license at sporting goods stores or online. Annual California resident's fees vary. Other short-term licenses are available. Call 916-445-0411.
South San Francisco Bay Fishing
Reference site for all of the South Bay and Peninsula fishing areas, both fresh and saltwater fishing.