Want to get in some good freshwater fishing? It may be no surprise that you’re out of luck in Menlo Park, but what about the rest of San Mateo County? “The only fishing in San Mateo County is on the coast,” says long time Bay Area journalist and Menlo Park resident Tim Goode, who’s started a new fishing blog called NorCal Fishing News.
Tim, who wrote his first article for the Menlo Park Recorder (which became the Almanac News) when he was in 7th grade, remembers that wasn’t always the case. He caught his first Steelhead Trout in San Francisquito Creek when he was about 12.
His new website has emerged from a fishing column we writes that appears in many of the Bay Area newspapers. It features 80 to 90 new fishing reports a week. “I’m looking for other contributors,” Tim says of the daunting task of staying current.
Tim offers these fishing tips to InMenlo readers:
- Rock cod fishing from Pillar Point Harbor. “You can go out on a boat and come back with 10 beautiful cod.”
- Striped bass surf casting from any San Mateo County beach. “In the middle of the night, the sand crabs chase them to the shore and you can almost grab one with your hands.”
- Bass fishing at Stevens Creek Reservoir. “It’s located right off 280; you can rent a kayak and go to the back of the lake.”
Photo by Chris Gulker