CDFW host Fishing with Santa at Whittier Narrows

Youth fishing event will be held on Dec. 7 at Legg Lake.

SOUTH EL MONTE, California—California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a Christmas-themed youth fishing event at Whittier Narrows Regional Park on Dec. 7. The event – Fishing with Santa – will be at Legg Lake, with lines to be dropped into the water between 9 a.m. and noon.

Fishing is limited to youth between the ages of 5 and 15; no adult fishing will be allowed. There is a one-rod-per-person limit.

The LA County Fish and Game Commission, Daniel Hernandez Youth Fishing Foundation and CDFW are sponsoring the Fishing with Santa event.

Whittier Narrows Regional Park is at 751 South Santa Anita Avenue, South El Monte; enter through the Area D – Santa Anita Gate.

Admission is free but participants must register. The vehicle entrance fee is $6, though a few free parking spots are available.

Food will be available at the event; there will also be a raffle.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. Visit or call 626-575-5526 for more information.

Fishing with Santa is part of CDFW’s “Fishing in the City” Program, which was created in 1993. CDFW’s website states the program aims “to improve angling opportunities to California’s growing urban population.”

“Consistent with trends across the country, California’s urban anglers identified a lack of free time as the primary reason why they don’t fish more or stopped altogether,” the website states. “Many city and regional park lakes, ponds and streams were all but forgotten as potential fishing sites and many lacked adequate facilities, staff or fish to sustain a fishing program. Some suffered from non-point source pollution and habitat degradation.

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