The first rule of fishing is that it's not about catching fish. If that were the case, people would go fishing at Safeway. Fishing is about being outside, having a beer, and relaxing. Part of the East Bay Regional Parks District, Lake Chabot was originally built as a reservoir in 1874 and began allowing recreational uses in the 1960s. Now the 315-acre lake and 280-acre Fairmont Ridge offers picnicking, hiking, and interpretive trails and the lake is stocked year-round with trout and catfish. It's hard to believe that the picturesque setting, more akin to the Sierra Nevada Mountains than San Francisco, is only a dozen miles from downtown Oakland. The spot, with a small bait and snack shop, is perfect for kids learning how to fish or experienced anglers taking a boat out onto the lake while families barbecue back on shore. It's quaint, quiet, beautiful, and who knows, you may even catch a fish. If not, who cares?
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