Most county lakes and reservoirs offer fishing and are stocked with channel catfish, trout, blue catfish, sunfish, bluegill, and bass. For the city-bound, Chollas Lake, located centrally in Oak Park on the north side of College Grove Drive between College Avenue and 54th, offers an easy, inexpensive outing.
The 16-acre body of water is specifically designated for free youth fishing (15 and under, only!) and offers a Free Fishing Clinic year-round on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. If no fishing experience or gear, rods, reels, terminal tackle, bait and instruction are provided. There are four piers around the tiny lake. For those age 16 and up that cannot fish, amenities at the park include an 0.8 mile dirt path around the lake for walking, jogging, and bicycling, picnic tables with barbecue grills, children's play equipment, a small basketball court, hiking trails, horseshoe pits and a native plant garden.
When: December 30, 10AM – 2PM
Where: Chollas Lake