Summer Fishing Season is Back!

300 lbs. of Tilapia, averaging 1 1/2 lbs. each, and 300 lbs. of Channel Catfish, averaging 2 1/2 lbs. each were stocked in the Lake on Wednesday, July 19th. 

Lake Mission Viejo is rebounding, after a rough winter dealing with Golden Algae.  Test fish survivability is now 100%. 

Look for more and bigger stockings in the next few weeks if initial stockings do well!

Golden Algae is not harmful to humans or other mammals.  Water conditions are otherwise healthy and there have been no reports of any illness related to water use or contact at the Lake.  Frequent Lake monitoring and regular water testing will continue at the Lake, as it always has to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience at Lake Mission Viejo.

Fishing updates will be posted here promptly. 

For more informpation on Golden Algae, click on this link:


A very disappointing 2016-2017 Trout Season closed in March with the cancellation of the final three stockings due to a resurgence of Golden Algae.  USC biologists, with expertise in Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB's), have recently completed tests at Lake Mission Viejo trying to reduce the effects of Golden Alage on the lake's fishery and we are awaiting a final report on their efforts.  Over the long-term, it is hoped that the lower salinity levels in our new water source, Advanced Purified Water (APW), will provide a less hospitable environment for the salty-water loving Golden Algae and provide us the opportunity to begin rebuilding a vibrant fishery at Lake Mission Viejo.

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Lake water conditions are excellent, with the exception of Golden Algae.  GA levels look like they have finally come down as of mid-July.  Staff monitors the water conditions daily, tests fish viability weekly and samples for Golden Algae counts every other week.  Summer stocking of Tilapia and Catfish have finally arrived and will continue as long as lake conditions permit.  There were no signs of a spring spawn from the remaining Bass and Tilapia populations, which normally occurs from March to June.  A bass was caught, and released, a few weeks ago and fishfinders indicate a few schools of fish in the lake. 

The Lake and daily fishing open at 6AM on weekends and 8AM on weekdays

  * Fishing is always free for members

  * Guest fishing costs a combined $12 for a Guest Entry Pass and Guest Fishing Pass

  * Guests must be accompanied by members while visiting Lake Mission Viejo

  * Five-passenger Gregor fishing boats are available for rent at the Tackle Box Boat Rental Shop

Day Date Events
Wednesday 26th Jul 2017 Movies in the Moonlight, SING
Friday 28th Jul 2017 Movies in the Moonlight, SING
Saturday 5th Aug 2017 Concert 4, BLACK PISTOL FIRE
Tuesday 8th Aug 2017 Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday 9th Aug 2017 Movies in the Moonlight, BATMAN
Friday 11th Aug 2017 Movies in the Moonlight, BATMAN

Phone numbers and email addresses for all LMVA departments are available on the CONTACTS page.