Not only is Sacramento known as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, but it is also known for being a great destination for fishing. With two major rivers, several lakes within a short drive, and plenty of city-stocked ponds, Sacramento is the perfect catch for fishers of any kind.


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Where to Fish in Sacramento:

Sacramento River

The Sacramento River is the longest river in California, flowing 400 miles throughout Northern California. The river is best known for its Chinook salmon, but is also home to steelhead and rainbow trout, striped bass, small and largemouth bass, sturgeon and more.


American River

The American River is one of California’s top fishing destinations. The South, Middle, and North Forks of the American River offer fantastic fly-fishing options year-round including rainbow and brown trout, steelhead, American shad, and more. The river section downstream of Watt Avenue is another hotspot for fishing due to the range of shallow and deep water.


Discovery Park

Discovery Park, a 302-acre park located beside I-5 in downtown Sacramento, is where the American River meets the Sacramento River. Here, fishers will find the best of both rivers as there are several different types of fish including salmon, steelhead, and striped bass.


Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

Located just a short drive from Sacramento, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area offers ample fishing opportunities. Folsom Lake is known for having trout, catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, perch, Kokanee salmon, and more. Folsom’s Lake Natoma, with 14 miles of shoreline, is another great place to explore and fish as it has rainbow trout, black bass, big and smallmouth bass, and beyond.


Lake Amador

Lake Amador, a reservoir located in Amador County about 45 miles from downtown Sacramento, offers 13.5 miles of shoreline. Here, fishers will experience superb trout fishing as 50,000 pounds of trout are stocked at the lake every season. If you’re looking for other types of fish, Lake Amador is also home to Blue Catfish, Crappie, Blue Gill, bass, Carp and Shad Minnows.


California Department of Fish and Wildlife will also be regularly stocking the following ponds with Rainbow trout:

  • Mather Regional Park
  • Howe Community Park
  • Hagan Community Park
  • Granite Regional Park
  • Southside Park
  • Rancho Seco
  • Elk Grove Regional Park
  • Oak Grove Park



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Fishing Shops:

Bass Pro Shops

5472 Crossings Dr, Rocklin

Fisherman’s Warehouse

9035 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento

Sacramento Pro Tackle

2390 Northgate Blvd, Sacramento

GHOST Bait & Tackle

2550 W El Camino Ave Suite #4, Sacramento

Fruitridge Bait & Tackle

4234 Fruitridge Rd, Sacramento

Sportsman’s Warehouse

Multiple locations throughout Sacramento Region



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Sacramento’s Seafood Restaurants:

Known as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, it’s no surprise that Sacramento is home to a number of seafood restaurants. Whether you didn’t catch something or are looking for delicious seafood, here are a few places you can grab a bite to eat after a day full of fishing.


Crawdads on the River

1375 Garden Hwy, Sacramento

In the mood for fish & chips? This lively riverfront restaurant is best known for its fresh fish & chips and Cajun fare. If fish & chips aren’t your thing, Crawdads also has Cajun pasta, surf and turf skewers, jambalaya, and more.


Scott’s Seafood on the River

4800 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento

This Sacramento favorite, located along the Sacramento River, is known for its plethora of fresh seafood dishes. From fried calamari, to macadamia nut-crusted Alaskan halibut, and cioppino, Scott’s Seafood on the River has a little something for everyone to enjoy.


The Boiling Crab

1000 K St #100, Sacramento & 6910 65th St. #100, Sacramento

This family-friendly restaurant specializes in Louisiana-style Cajun seafood boils. The Boiling Crab’s menu features fresh crawfish, shrimp, crab, and other shellfish that can be tossed in sauces such as Rajun Cajun, Lemmon Pepper, and its signature The Whole Sha-Bang.


The Virgin Sturgeon Restaurant & Marina

1577 Garden Hwy, Sacramento

Just a short distance from Downtown Sacramento, The Virgin Sturgeon is a floating restaurant up the river off Garden Highway. Here, you can dine on seafood dishes such as fresh salmon, linguini & clams, and shrimp Louis, as you take in scenes of the Sacramento River.