Fishing in South Bay

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Almaden Lake Park (San Jose)

The lake is fresh water derived from a former quarry, and fishing is permitted. There is a snack bar at the location.

Alviso Marina County Park (Alviso)

This bayside park is 18.9 acres and is part of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.  The trails are available to hikers and mountain bikers.  The park is available for boating and fishing.

Anderson Lake County Park (Morgan Hill)

This 3,144 acre park is home to Santa Clara County's largest reservoir. Anderson Reservoir is a seven-mile long, 1,250 surface acre lake that offers power and non-power boating and fishing all year-round. Fishing is also allowed in Coyote Creek during during fishing season (April thru November).

Arastradero Preserve (Palo Alto)

Arastradero Preserve has Arastradero Lake that is a twenty minute hike from the parking lot.

Calero County Park (San Jose)

This is a 3,493 acre park with a large reservoir that has a boat launch and is open year round to both power and nonpower vessels.  Boating reservations can be made (408-355-2201). Fishing is allowed but do NOT eat the fish in Calero Reservoir as they contain high levels of mercury. There are restrooms.

Chesbro Reservoir County Park (Morgan Hill)

Chesbro Reservoir County Park is a 232-acre park located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains that is host to a calm water man-made reservoir. Fisherman can find trout, Black Bass, Large Mouth Bass, Catfish and Crappie in the reservoir. Only non-powered boats are allowed in the reservoir.  Check beforehand as the lake may close due to low water levels.

Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park (Gilroy)

Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park is a 4,595-acre park with a 635-acre lake. Three-mile long Coyote Lake  contains bluegill, black crappie, channel catfish, carp and black bass for fishing.  The park allows power boating, canoeing, kayaking. The boat launch ramp is located two miles north of the visitor center. It has two docks, a 3-lane concrete ramp, paved parking and a restroom.

Ed Levin County Park (Milpitas)

This 1,541 acre park is a great place for hiking, cycling, horseback riding, picnicking and hang gliding. It has a 19 mile trail system that is part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail alignment. The park hosts Sandy Wool Lake that is stocked from November through May. It is a popular place to catch catfish.

Flycasters of San Jose (San Jose)

Flycasters is a fly fishing club that has monthly speakers, seminars, competitions and fishing expeditions with a focus on education,  preservation and conservation.  Throughout the year, they offer classes to members about Fly Tying, Fly Casting, Knots and various other fly fishing related topics.  The average age of members is over 60 years.

Hellyer County Park Coyote Creek Parkway (San Jose)

Hellyer County Park is 354 acres with Coyote Creek running through the middle of the park.   Fishing is permitted all year round at Cottonwood Lake and during fishing season in the Coyote Creek. Cottonwood Lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout from November through late April. There are multiple restrooms throughout the park.  Water is not available so please bring your own.

Joseph D. Grant County Park (San Jose)

Joseph D. Grant County Park, is a  9,560 acre park with 52 miles of trails. Fishing is permitted in one lake and several ponds.

Lexington Reservoir County Park (Los Gatos)

Lexington Reservoir County Park is 914 acres and includes a 475 acre man made reservoir for non-gas powered boats and fishing. The designated staging areas are located off Alma Bridge Road at the boat launch ramp and Miller Point day use area. The boat inspection is located in the parking lot. Portable toilets are available.

Los Gatos Creek County Park (Campbell)

Pond one allows fishing and there is another fly casting pond nearby.

Stevens Creek County Park (Cupertino)

Stevens Creek County Park is 1,077 acres with a 92 acre reservoir where only non-powered boating are allowed.  There is one boat launch area.  The reservoir is home to Rainbow Trout, Black Bass, Large Mouth Bass, Catfish and Crappie. Please limit the intake of fish due to PCBs and mercury.

Vasona Lake County Park (Los Gatos)

Vasona Park is 150 acres that is home to a lake with a boat launch, and paddle and row boats available for rental from early spring through early fall. There is a fishing peer for catching Black Bass, Crappie, Catfish and Blue Gill that live in the lake. There are multiple restroom facilities.