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Best family fishing. (The Sunset Strip).

Many stocked ponds and lakes host fishing derbies and club fishing programs for kids.

SEATTLE

Green Lake

The hook: Easy access to the northern and southern parts of the lake through the city parks system. Fish from shore or from a dock. The catch: Rainbow and brown trout, yellow perch. State fishing license: Ages 15 and up. 7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N; (206) 684-4075.

SAN JOSE AREA

Ed R. Levin County Park

The hook: Kids can fish in Spring Valley Pond, set aside just for ages 5-12; parents can hit nearby Sandy Wool Lake. The catch: Channel catfish in summer; rainbow trout in winter. State fishing license: Ages 16 and up. 3100 Calaveras Rd., Milpitas, CA; (408) 262-6980.

LOS ANGELES AREA

Whittier Narrows Regional Park

The hook: The Legg Lakes have broad, grassy banks, lots of ducks and geese, and challenging fishing for all ages. The catch: Catfish, trout, bass. State fishing license: Ages 16 and up. 750 S. Santa Anita Ave., South El Monte, CA; (626) 575-5526.

SALT LAKE CITY AREA

Willow Pond

The hook: It's the newest participant in the state's urban fishing program for kids. Opens Sep 7. The catch: Catfish, trout. State fishing license: Ages 14 and up. 6059 S. Murray Parkway Ave., Murray, UT; (801) 264-2614.

PHOENIX

Papago Park

The hook: Kids can fish in any of the park's three ponds, then visit the Phoenix Zoo. The catch: Largemouth bass, trout, catfish, hybrid sunfish, crappie, tilapia. State fishing license: Ages 14 and up. 625 N. Galvin Pkwy.; (602) 256-3220.
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