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.

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*open to fishing today
Annual Kids' Fishing Derby






  • Please note that these are tentative dates and are subject to change. Any changes will be announced on this page.
  • The Lake is closed to all fishing from the start of stocking for the rest of the day.
  • 2014/15 Season Trout Stocking Schedule - PDF download - 114k


Great Trout Fishing on Tap at LMV
Here we go with another fantastic trout fishing season at LMV. Members and their guests once again have the opportunity to do battle with the rainbow trout. LMV is famous for stocking every fall, now in its 37th consecutive year. Anglers are preparing tackle and making plans for Opening Day, scheduled for Saturday November 22nd at 6:00 am.
DELAYED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Our Tackle Box retail store is stocked with bait lures and terminal tackle. Rental boats are being prepared and the Lake staff is gearing up for all you trout anglers. Tony's Sea Landing will be open for coffee and breakfast items as well as a limited lunch menu for all hungry anglers.

The LMV rental fleet consists of 25 sturdy Gregor fishing boats and five Tracker bass type boats for your angling pleasure. We also have three fishing pontoon boats available for rental with space for up to eight anglers. All of these boats are rented on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you own your own boat, make sure it is currently registered with LMV and has passed our Quagga Mussel quarantine process. Failure to comply with LMVA registration requirements will stop you from launching your boat. For more information, contact the LMV membership office at (949) 770-1313, ext. 215.

Anglers will find 8,000 pounds of beautiful trout, hungry for a variety of lures and bait on Opening Day. Chaulk Mound Trout Hatchery in northern California has the honors of delivering the first load of trout to the lake this season. When the trout first arrive during the week prior to Opening Day, the lake will be closed to fishing for a until the Saturday morning season opener. The "no fishing" period allows the trout time to acclimate to LMV waters as well as spread out across the depths of LMV.



** 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!

** The Lake's Bass slot limit has changed. You must now release any Bass larger than 14". You may keep any Bass smaller than 14". During the annual spawning season, between March 1st and June 1st, ALL bass must be released immediately to the spot where they were caught. (please review all Fishing Rules)



The Lake Mission Viejo Fishing Club is open to all LMVA members and will be celebrating the 37th year of trout fishing with a number of exciting events. The Club’s first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm in the LMVA Administration building. The evening will feature plans for the upcoming season, and registration for the first tournament slated for Saturday, December 6th from 6:00-11:00 am.

The competition has three divisions: Kids (11 and under), Teens (12-17) and Adults (18 and over). Tournament fees are $4 for Kids and $5 for Teens and Adults.  Everyone, from beginners to seasoned experts, is welcome. Our veterans are always more than willing to teach novice anglers the secrets of LMV’s wary rainbows.

For more information about the Fishing Club or trout stocking/fishing schedules, please call 770-1313, ext. 235. Or better yet, fish around the Lake website.

Don’t forget to say hello to the Lake Compliance Officers this season. They are on the lake to assist you with having a great day as well as advising anglers on current rules and regulations.


  • 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).


* Annual Kids' Fishing Derby photos are viewable in the Events Gallery.


Topographical Map of Lake Mission Viejo (large image)

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


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

Nov 2014 Update - 132k
Sept/Oct 2014 Update - 153k
Mar/Apr 2014 Update - 167k

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

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