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The lake is home to a variety of wildlife, which includes birds, fish and reptiles.
The lake is primarily filled using non-potable well water, irrigation, and rain run off.
A valid California fishing license is required for those 16 and older.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) stocks the lake with catchable size trout between November and February, and catchable size catfish between June and September. The District does not stock the lake.
With the exception of the fishing moratorium, fishing at the lake is open year-round during regular park hours.
Prior to imposing the moratorium, District staff implemented multiple steps to help protect wildlife. Staff increased lake shoreline clean-up, concrete trash receptacles with lids (to keep wildlife out and trash in) were added near the lake; with the help of CDFW, eight fishing line recycling containers were built and installed around the lake; volunteers have piloted a duck and geese feeding educational program; and the District is working with the CDFW to provide regulatory patrol at the lake after fish plants. These wildlife protecting practices have been beneficial, but have not achieved the sustainable results needed to protect lake wildlife.
The biggest challenges the ducks and geese face at Elk Grove Park Lake are injuries/death caused from fishing litter and impacts of improper diet and over feeding. Fishing line, hooks and lures can cause grave injury to wildlife – from embedded hooks, loss of limb from being entwined in fishing line and even death. Improper diet can cause nutritional problems and unnatural over feeding can cause unsustainable populations of wildlife.
The District is considering fishing restrictions, fishing regulations, fishing education, and a wildlife feeding educational program.
The District will be holding community focus group meetings. Individuals interested in being a part of the solution can take part in the District’s survey and attend one of the focus meetings.
Wildlife Protection Survey.
Take the survey, and answer “yes” to the question, "Would you like to attend a Community Focus Group about fishing and wildlife at Elk Grove Park?"