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DFG stocking urban lakes this month as part of the 'Fishing in the City' program

Eajae Willson casts her line during a Fishing in the City event.

The California Department of Fish and Game will be planting additional trout and catfish in 45 urban lakes this month, including 28 in Southern California.

The enhanced stocking is coordinated through the Fishing in the City program, which works to improve fishing opportunities in metropolitan areas.

“We want to create opportunities for families to spend quality time together enjoying the time-honored tradition of fishing,” said Joe Ferreira, program coordinator for the Sacramento area. “Fishing keeps people connected to the natural environment. This year, more than ever, people need simple, inexpensive ways to enjoy time together.”

The following lakes, by county, will be stocked as part of this special program:

San Diego: Chollas Lake Park, Lindo Lake and Murray Reservoir.

Orange: Chris Carr Park Lake, Centennial Regional Park Lake, Ralph B. Clark Park Lake, Eisenhower Park Lake, Greer Park Lake, Huntington Central Park Lake, Laguna Lake, Mile Square Regional Park Lakes, Tri-City Park Lake and Yorba Linda Park Lake.

Los Angeles: Alondra Regional Park Lake, Belvedere Regional Park Lake, Echo Park Lake, Kenneth Hahn SRA Lake, Hansen Dam, Hollenbeck Park Lake, Lincoln Park Lake, Cerritos Regional Park Lake, El Dorado Regional Park Lake, La Mirada Regional Park Lake, Legg Lake, Peck Road Park Lake, Puddingstone Reservoir, Santa Fe Reservoir and Wilderness Park Lake (Downey).

Marin: Scottsdale Pond and McGinnis Pond.

Sonoma: Lake Ralphine.

Solano: Lake Chabot (Vallejo).

Santa Clara: Lake Cunningham, Los Gatos Creek Park Percolation Pond and Sandy Wool Lake.

Contra Costa: Lake Temescal, Hidden Valley and Heather Farms.

Alameda: Horseshoe Pond (Quarry Lakes), Shadow Cliff Lake and Lake Elizabeth.

Sacramento: William Land Park, Howe Park and Elk Grove Park.

A fishing license is required of all anglers age 16 or older and all fishing regulations apply. Some lakes may require a daily fishing permit.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Eajae Willson casts her line during a 2004 Fishing in the City event. Credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times

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