Elk Grove Park Wildlife Protection

Fishing Moratorium

The Cosumnes CSD will enact a temporary ban on fishing in Elk Grove Park Lake from June 3, 2019 through March 1, 2020. Fishing is being prohibited during this period to allow the District an opportunity to develop and implement a wildlife protection plan.

The wildlife in Elk Grove Park - primarily ducks and geese - are being injured, and in some cases killed, by improperly discarded fishing-related debris.

Canadian goose standing on the grassy banks of Elk Grove Park Lake

Community Input & Staff Recommendations

To date, the CSD has received an abundance of feedback related to improvements to Elk Grove Park wildlife health and safety, and improvements to fishing practices at the park. CSD Staff has used all of this input to create a comprehensive Wildlife Protection Plan. 

The Cosumnes CSD Board of Directors approved this Staff Report on October 16, 2019.

Fishing Regulations

The following regulations are in effect at Elk Grove Park Lake:

  • You may fish during normal park operating hours, from March 1 – November 30.
  • Fishing is prohibited on the same calendar day as any fish plant.
  • All applicable California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) regulations will be enforced.
  • You must have a valid fishing license if you are 16 years of age or older.
  • You must exhibit, on demand, a fishing license to any peace officer, authorized CDFW employee or Cosumnes Community Services District (District) employee.
  • Fish may be taken with no more than one closely-attended rod and line per angler.
  • Only single-point barbless hooks may be used.
  • Artificial lures are prohibited.
  • All fishing tackle must be lead free.
  • You must exhibit, on demand, all fish and any device or apparatus capable of being used to take them, to any peace officer, authorized CDFW or District employee.
  • You may not consume alcohol while fishing.
  • Daily bag and possession limit of 2 fish per angler.
  • Please report all injured wildlife, maintenance and security issues to the Park Maintenance Hotline (916) 405-5688.