The bluegill are bitting in April 2014
Thanks to Spencer Saito, one of LMV's veteran anglers, for this nice group of photos above. . .

Lake Mission Viejo Fishery Information

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Matt Stigna
Matt Stigna's 8 lb Bass - Large pictures here.

Anthony Magno
Anthony Magno's 8 lb. Trout - Large picture here.

Jeff Moon
Jeff Moon's 11 lb. 2 oz. Trout - Large pictures here.

Amber and Zeid Nesheiwat
Amber & Zeid Nesheiwat's 8 lb. Trout - Large picture here.

John Blum
John Blum - 8 lbs 6 oz rainbow trout. - Large picture here.


Spring Fishing at LMV – Opportunity abounds
Springtime fishing at LMV means variety. Bass moving into the shallows to spawn combined with the influx of trout coming from two stockings in March provide ample fishing opportunities for LMV anglers. On March 6, Mt. Lassen dropped their final load of trout for the season into LMV, and the final stock of the year was on March 19 from Chaulk Mound, delivering fish from Nebraska. Trout anglers have once again enjoyed a spectacular winter fishing season. The two trout suppliers have provided both quality and quantity of trout to LMV over the past four months.

As the days lengthen and the water warms, the trout make their way to the deeper areas of the lake. These fish prefer water under 70 degrees, which can be found into the summer at depths of up to 60 feet in the lake. Power Bait or night crawlers fished deep, or trolling small lures on lead core line rigs in the deeper waters, are often successful methods to attract the wary trout.

Longer spring days combined with the increase in water temperature mean that the famous LMV largemouth bass are showing themselves to anglers. Targeting bass in the spring months requires special handling of these valuable fish. Preservation of our trophy bass fishery depends on LMV anglers to properly catch, handle, and release all bass right where they are caught during the spawning season. Please contact the LMVA Compliance Officers for rules to follow when targeting these beautiful fish during the spring season.


Reminder: LMV rules prohibit anglers from fishing within 15 feet of any private dock, bulkhead, or beach area around the lake. Lifeguards strictly enforce fishing rules, thus providing a safe and enjoyable fishing experience for all LMV members. Thanks to your cooperation, LMV now enjoys World Class bass fishing status!



LMV Fishing Club anglers have enjoyed another banner year of tournament fishing. Warm, dry weather combined with very little wind has kept the lake crystal clear with smooth water conditions through most of the winter. Trout have been caught all over the lake, but anglers concentrating out in deeper water have the best luck. Mini Jigs, Berkley Power Worms and the traditional power bait rigs have all been successful during the season.

For more information about the Fishing Club or trout stocking/fishing schedules, please call 770-1313, ext. 235.


  • Members must have their LMVA ID card in order to rent boats.
  • ID cards must be displayed at all times while fishing.
  • Guests must display their Guest/Fishing Pass while fishing.
  • Trout limits are 4 fish per person per day.
  • All trout must be kept (“Catch and Release” not allowed with trout at LMV).


2013 Kids Fishing Derby
The 21st Annual Kids Fishing Derby was held on Saturday, December 28th under blue skies and warm temperatures. 214 eager junior anglers and their families joined the fun at the LMV marina area to test their skills against the aggressive Nebraska rainbows delivered the day before the tournament. Lake Biologist Tom Buckowski corralled a batch of trout to remain safely overnight in the launch area, which ensured good fishing for the derby on Saturday.

The annual Holiday event is designed especially for kids from 3-10 years of age, giving many of them their first opportunity to land a trophy Lake Mission Viejo trout. Lots of fish were landed during the two hours of tournament fishing.

The fish were very nice, weighing 1 to 3.95 pounds each. Competition was close this year, and prizes were awarded to the top three anglers in each age division. The largest fish of the day was landed by 6 year old Bailey Dudleston, competing in the 5-6 year old division with a 3.95 lb. trout.

3-4 Year Olds – 40 Participants
First Logan Anast 4 Years 3.55 pounds
Second Alexander Anast 4 Years 2.85 pounds
Third Derel Uyehara 4 Years 2.75 pounds

5-6 Year Olds – 37 Participants
First Bailey Dudleston 6 Years 3.95 pounds
Second John Lange 6 Years 3.20 pounds
Third James Williams 6 Years 2.75 pounds

7-8 Year Olds – 47 Participants
First Gavin Ikeda 7 Years 3.15 pounds
Second Gabriel Healey 8 Years 2.70 pounds
Third Nathan Buntzen 8 Years 2.65 pounds

9-10 Year Olds – 37 Participants
First Garret Diuco 10 Years 2.35 pounds
Second Collin Thurrell 9 Years 2.20 pounds
Third Ethan Gonzalez 9 Years 2.20 pounds
Brooke Hamry 10 Years 2.20 pounds

Photos from the Kids' Fishing Derby are viewable in the Events Gallery.


Download the above latest Fishing News, or call LMV's fishing king, Dave Kerr (also known as Manager of Administrative Services) at 770-1313, ext. 213 or email

Topographical Map of Lake Mission Viejo (large image)

Fish of Lake Mission Viejo: Pictorial Guide 1 | Pictorial Guide 2

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Dec 2013 Update - 46k
Nov 2013 Update - 46k
Oct 2013 Update - 46k
Feb 2013 Update - 49k

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