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RAINBOW TROUT WILL BE PLANTED IN URBAN PONDS IN SACRAMENTO, MARYSVILLE AND STOCKTON

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of California's "Fishing in the City" program, the Department of Fish and Game soon will plant rainbow trout in urban ponds in Sacramento, Marysville and Stockton.
 These attractive fish will be planted during the colder months (January through April) to give residents of these Central Valley cities angling opportunities near home.
 In the Sacramento area, ponds selected for the fish plants are located in Southside Park, William Land Park, Howe Park, Gibson Ranch County Park and Arden Pond in the William Pond Recreation Area.
 Ellis Lake in Marysville and Oak Grove Lake in Stockton also are scheduled to receive fish as part of this program.
 Fish will be stocked about once a week and will average about half a pound in size.
 To launch this effort, Fish and Game employees will be on hand on Friday, Jan. 28, at 9:30 a.m. at Southside Park (near 6th and W streets) in Sacramento to show how fish are planted. They will discuss trout biology and fishing techniques.
 Then, starting at about 10:30 a.m., the fish hatchery trucks will plant trout the same morning at William Land Park, Howe Park, Gibson Ranch and at Arden Pond in the William Pond Recreation Area by early afternoon.
 The public is invited to view the hatchery truck and workers in action, and to bring their fishing gear to enjoy fishing for rainbow trout.
 Fish stocking is part of the Department's "Fishing In The City" program which expanded to Northern California in 1993. The program debuted in Sacramento last March, with catfish plants at several urban ponds.
 This program sponsors free fishing clinics, classes, teacher workshops, youth aquatic science programs and volunteer opportunities associated with sport fishing. The program is funded via the Federal Sport Fish Restoration Act, which disburses funds from Federal excise taxes on fishing tackle and motor boat fuel.
 Persons over 16 who wish to enjoy these city fishing opportunities are required to have 1994 California sport fishing licenses. These are available at many supermarkets and bait shops, as well as the Department of Fish and Game offices at 1701 Nimbus Drive in Rancho Cordova and at the Department's License and Revenue Branch office at 3211 S St., Sacramento.
 Licenses can be purchased via phone and charged to Visa and MasterCard. The number for phone purchases is 916-227-2246.
 For more information about the "Fishing in the City" program, call Joe Ferreira at 916-355-0259.
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 /CONTACT: Pete Weisser or Lanny Clavecilla of Conservation Education Office, 916-653-6420/


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