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San Ramon Fishing

There are abundant opportunities for fishing around San Ramon in Contra Costa County. The fishing spots available are streams and rivers, lakes and reservoirs, and piers.

Everyone who participates in fishing in the state of California must purchase a fishing license from the department of Fish and Game.

Streams and Rivers

The Central Valley Delta areas has several varieties of warm water fish, including striped bass. Crayfish are also plentiful along the Delta. Besides the fishing available in the Delta there are no other streams open for fishing in the areas near San Ramon.

Lakes and Reservoirs

The recreational programs and facilities at the two lakes in Contra Costa County are managed by the East Bay Regional Park District. A daily fishing permit can be purchased for $3.00. People 62 and older can purchase an annual permit for $70.00. Free walk-in access is allowed for fishing. All participants who are 16 years or older must have with them a District Fishing Access Permit in addition to a California fishing license. The fishing permits are good at any of the District lakes. A parking fee may also be charged.

Call (510) 635-0135 to find out more about fishing and in the area around San Ramon.

·       Contra Loma Reservoir is located two miles south of Antioch. The reservoir is 81 acres. It is has warm water fishes such as striped bass and channel catfish. In the winter and spring months the district stocks trout in addition. Power boats are not allowed, however electric motor boats are available for rent.

·       Lafayette Reservoir is located between Orinda and Lafayette. The reservoir is 53 acres. It has largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish. The district also stocks catfish. During the fall, winter, and spring seasons the reservoir is stocked with trout. Rental boats are available for rent.

·       Lake Anza is located in Tilden Regional Park. The Lake is 11 acres and has warm water fishes, including largemouth bass and sunfish.

·       San Pablo Reservoir is located four miles northwest of Orinda. It is 854 acres and has a warm water fish. The district stocks trout and channel catfish.


Fishing on the piers in Contra Costa County is a popular pastime. Some of the piers require a fishing license.

The piers where you can fish are:

Antioch, a fishing license is required

Martinez Fishing Pier

Pittsburg, a fishing license is required

Point Pinole

Red Rock Marina Pier

If you’d like to start your child on learning fishing skills, the community clinic by the California Department of Fish and Game has the Learn to Fish clinics which are open to children 5-15.

Ocean Fishing

The thrill of reeling in your own catch is quite unmatched. From abalone, billfishes, halibut, mackerel, bass, salmon, sea bass, and much more, the marine region around the San Francisco Bay offers a wealth of opportunities for recreational and sports fishing.

The Department of Fish and Games has a great resource for anglers who are looking to explore the area. Ocean fishing has its own set of rules and regulations so be sure to check the Department’s website for the most current guidelines for ocean fishing.

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