Fishing with kids in Sacramento
By Heather Crivellone
Some of my most cherished memories as a child is packing up a lunch, grabbing a pole and going fishing with my Dad. I don’t remember ever actually catching a fish- but I do remember the squeals of trying to bait the worms and sitting anxiously watching the bobbers bounce in the water.
And now that I have children of my own, I want them to experience the same simple, innocent fun of casting their lines into the water and waiting… watching… and waiting some more for a fish to eventually “take the bait”.
Unfortunately, these days it can be quite expensive to go fishing for the day. You need a license, the fishing pole, the bait, the lunches, etc. etc. Now, I’m not an avid fisher-woman by any means (I prefer to get my seafood from Scott’s Seafood on the River and keep the worms in my garden), however I do want my kids to have the experiences of this classic pastime.
Luckily for us here in Sacramento, we have quite a few options to choose from when deciding to go fishing. We are literally surrounded by waterways and have access to major rivers (the American and Sacramento), we are close to Folsom Lake and many of our local parks have stocked ponds for our fishing enjoyment. Some of these parks include: Southside Park, William Land Park, Howe Community Park, Hagan Community Park, Mather Regional Park and Elk Grove Community Park. If you choose to fish in one of these parks and/or rivers and lake, you do need to purchase a fishing license.
I wasn’t ready to invest in my children’s fishing future quite yet- so I found a place outside of Lincoln that takes the headache out of prepping for the day’s adventure.
Big M Fishery in Lincoln is a fishery “one stop shop”. No license required, they have poles to rent, bait, stocked fishing ponds, picnic tables, restrooms, shade and they even have snacks and lunch items available if you get hungry! You don’t have to worry about packing a lunch, a pole, the worms… just show up and cast a line…this is my kind of fishing!
Big M is located 8 miles west of the city of Lincoln off of Nicholas Road (approximately 50 minutes from Downtown Sacramento). To view directions click here.
They are open Wednesday- Sunday 6am-4pm (Rain or Shine). Day rate is $15 per person and this includes the first 2 pounds of fish that is caught. There is a $3 visitor fee for non-fishing chaperones and kids under the age of 2 are free.
The admission fee gives you the opportunity to “Catch -n-Release” all day in any of the five stocked ponds. Choose from Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish and Channel Catfish.
If you choose to visit Big M or any one of our locally stocked ponds for a day out fishing with your kids- remember to bring sunblock, snacks and a camera to get those fantastic pictures of your children with their first “caught fish”. These will be memories that will last a lifetime and you never know- you may have the next “Deadliest Catch” on your hands!