Lake Mission Viejo Fishery Information

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Spencer Saito's record Tilapia
Spencer Saito's record Tilapia - Large picture here.

Omar Alkhairi's record Tilapia
Omar Alkhairi's record Tilapia - Large picture here.

Fred Benedicto record 3 lb 6 oz Tilapia
Fred Benedicto's record Tilapia - Large picture here.

Ryder Greyshock
June Catches!
Large pictures here

Ryder Greyshock
Ryder Greyshock & TJ Green - 1st member caught Talipia - Large picture here

John Phan
John Phan - 1st Talipia ever caught at LMV - Large picture here.

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revised 11/04/15
Wed 11/18/2015 TROUT Stocking from Mt. Lassen
fishing will be closed from stocking until Opening Day
Tues 11/24/2015 TROUT Stocking from Mt. Lassen
Tues 12/1/2015 TROUT Stocking from Mt. Lassen
Wed 12/16/2015 TROUT Stocking from Chaulk Mound
Tues 12/29/2015 TROUT Stocking from Chaulk Mound
Open To Fishing Today
Tues 1/12/2016 TROUT Stocking from Mt. Lassen
Wed 1/27/2016 TROUT Stocking from Chaulk Mound
Tues 2/9/2016 TROUT Stocking from Mt. Lassen
Wed 2/24/2016 TROUT Stocking from Chaulk Mound
Tues 3/8/2016 TROUT Stocking from Mt. Lassen
Wed 3/16/2016 TROUT Stocking from Chaulk Mound
Please note that these are tentative dates and are subject to change. Any changes will be announced on this page. Unless otherwise noted, the Lake is closed to all fishing from the start of stocking for the rest of the day.


Trout Fishing 2015-16
Great Trout Fishing On Tap at LMV

LMVA Board and staff are hopeful of returning to the tradition of a grand opening day of trout fishing this fall. Last year's Golden Algae problems postponed trout fishing and made for a shortened season of trout angling. Trout Opening Day is scheduled for Saturday 11/21/15 at 6:00 AM. Our Tackle Box retail store will be stocked with bait lures and terminal tackle. Rental boats are being prepared and the lake staff is gearing up for all you trout anglers.

The LMV rental fleet consists of 25 sturdy Gregor fishing boats and 5 Tracker bass type boats for your angling pleasure. We also have 3 fishing pontoon boats available for rental with space for up to 8 anglers. All of these boats are rented on a first come first served basis.

On Saturday, November 21st at 6 a.m., anglers should find 4,000 pounds of beautiful trout, hungry for a variety of lures and bait.
When the trout first arrive during the week prior to Opening Day, the lake will be closed to fishing 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. If we have a reoccurrence of Golden Algae problems, our biologist will post information on the LMVA website immediately and update lake conditions on a regular basis.

Tilapia Continue to Bite
LMV received its last stock of Tilapia for the season on September 24th with 1200 lbs. of the feisty and tasty game fish. These fish are biting light line with night crawlers attached along with small lures including Kastmasters, Roostertails and mini jigs. Anglers have broken the Lake Tilapia record several times during the past few weeks. The current record is 3 lbs. 14 oz. They will become less active as the waters cool and may not survive if Lake temperatures fall below 55 degrees.



** 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.

** 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: Catch-and-Release of all Bass has been extended to year-round release until further notice. 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 38th year of trout fishing with a number of exciting events. The Club's first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 2nd at 7 p.m. in the LMVA Administration building. The evening will feature plans for the upcoming season, and registration for the first tournament slated for Saturday, December 5th from 6:00 - 11:00 a.m.

The competition has three divisions including: 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, are 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).


Topographical Map of Lake Mission Viejo (large image)

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


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

October 2015 - 232k - updated 11/04/15
August 2015
- 187k
June 2015 - 185k
March 2015 - 178k
February 2015 - 173k
Dec 2014 - 2nd Update - 137k
Dec 2014 Update - 132k
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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