Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958
Stephanie Vatalaro, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, (703) 778-5156
Pleasure Cove Resort and Marina on Lake Berryessa in Napa recently reeled in top honors in Take Me Fishing’s Top 100 List of Family-Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in America.
California also notched seven other places on the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) inaugural Take Me Fishing Top 100 list of best places to fish in U.S. state parks and recreation areas, including Lake Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley (7), Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area in Livermore (11), Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas (13), Clear Lake State Park in Kelseyville (17), Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey (28), Echo Park in Los Angeles (33) and Millerton Lake State Recreation Area in Friant (75). The entire list can be viewed at http://takemefishing.org/community/americas-top-family-fishing-and-boating-spots/.
“The inclusion of eight California sites in the Take Me Fishing Top 100 list is a welcome recognition of the array of alluring recreational opportunities that exist in our state for anglers and boaters,” said California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham.
RBFF is a nonprofit organization that seeks to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. RBFF’s Take Me Fishing campaign initiated the nationwide vote to provide families and outdoor enthusiasts with a recommended list of the best family-friendly places to experience boating and fishing. Criteria included having a public body of water within an hour of a major city and good fishing opportunities.
“We enlisted the help of state fish and wildlife agencies to identify popular locations, and asked fishing and boating enthusiasts who belong to our communities to vote on their favorite spots that are easily accessible and where the fish are known to bite most often,” said RBFF President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Peterson.
With 1,100 miles of ocean coastline, 220,000 square miles of ocean waters, 4,172 lakes and reservoirs, 29,664 miles of streams and rivers and 1,800 miles of bay and delta waters, California has more fishing opportunities than any other state in the country. For more information on fishing in the Golden State, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing.aspx.