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Fishing

Fishing from the jetty at Doran Regional Park

Dungeness crab season notice: The recreational Dungeness crab fishing season opens on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, but a temporary statewide restriction on the use of standard crab traps is in place, per state regulations. Hoop nets and crab snares are still OK. The regulations are designed to reduce line entanglement risk to marine animals like whales and sea turtles, a problem that has increased in recent years. This restriction applies to the entire Sonoma coast, state and regional parks, including Doran, Westside, and Spud Point Marina. Learn more about the new trap regulations.

Sonoma County Regional Parks offer a variety of fishing locations, from Bodega Bay and North Coast beaches to the Russian River and inland lakes and ponds. For a complete list, visit our Find a Park page and search for parks with fishing.

Fishing on the Russian River

The Russian River is a year-round fishing destination, where some of the best access is at Steelhead Beach in Forestville, Wohler Bridge between Healdsburg and Forestville, and Cloverdale River Park. Russian River fisheries include steelhead trout (fall, winter and spring), bass, bluegill and catfish (summer), and shad (spring.)

Fishing on the Sonoma Coast

The Sonoma Coast attracts anglers who fish for salmon, halibut, cod, Dungeness crab, clams, and other catch. Doran and Westside parks feature boat launches on Bodega Harbor or fishing from shore. Spud Point Marina on the harbor is the center of the county's commercial fishing industry.

Up the coast, Stillwater Cove attracts abalone divers and kayak fishers.  Gualala Point Regional Park offers seasonal fishing on the Gualala River.

Fishing in lakes, ponds, bay

Inland fishing options include ponds in Helen Putnam, Foothill and Riverfront parks and 72-acre Spring Lake, where you can fish for blue gill, bass, and sunfish. Hudeman Slough along San Pablo Bay attracts bass anglers.  

Bait

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, bait is available for purchase at the boat rental area at Spring Lake's Violetti Road entrance.

Don't forget to bring your California fishing license if you are 16 years or older.