FISHING OVERVIEW

Fishing conditions are very good with 1,000 lbs. of Tilapia stocked late afternoon on Wednesday, Aug. 30 

As of 9/22/17: Current conditions indicate a tentative trout opener around mid-November, but actual stocking dates have not been finalized.

3,700 lbs. of Tilapia (around 1.5 lbs each), 800 lbs. of Channel Catfish (around 2.5 lbs each), 1,400 individual Redear Sunfish (stocked for future fishing, to bolster up lake environment) along with a couple hundred pounds of Fathead Minnows and Golden Shiner Minnows (feeder fish) have been stocked in Lake Mission Viejo between July and August!

Limits are being caught!  Anglers are coming down after work for evening sessions of 'cat' fishing as well as catching their limits on Tilapia!

Worms are working best for both the Tilapia and Catfish. They can be purchased till 6:45 PM at the Boat Rental Office/Tackle Box for $2.69 for a small tub.

 

The Lake has had a nice late summer rebound from Spring Golden Algae conditions.  Golden Algae is NOT harmful to humans or other mammals and water conditions are good, with active use of the Lake and swim areas daily. 

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:  http://www.lakemissionviejo.org/fishing/LMVgoldenalgae.pdf

 

A 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.  We are awaiting a final report on their efforts.  Over the long-term, it is hoped that lower salinity levels in our new water source, Advanced Purified Water (APW), will provide a less hospitable environment for the brackish water loving Golden Algae and provide us the opportunity to begin rebuilding the vibrant Lake Mission Viejo fishery.

After a difficult Trout season last winter that had to end prematurely due to Golden Algae damage, it wasn’t until this July that we were able to resume fish plantings. Tilapia and Catfish were planted throughout the summer in catchable sizes and by August the Tilapia had really begun to bite. Recently it has been especially productive for catching Tilapia. Anglers are also catching a number of 3” to 5” tilapia that were spawned in just the past couple months. Considering that they won’t be pan-sized soon enough and the fishing is on, LMVA plans yet another Tilapia planting during the last week of September. This 6th planting will have brought a total of 4300 pounds of Tilapia this summer! 

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WHAT'S NEXT?

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
Tuesday 3rd Oct 2017 District Delegate Non-Sub Association Meeting
Tuesday 10th Oct 2017 Board Meeting & Delegate Reconvene Meeting
Saturday 21st Oct 2017 LAKE EERIE
Tuesday 24th Oct 2017 Annual Meeting of the Delegates &Board Elections
Tuesday 14th Nov 2017 Board of Directors Meeting
Saturday 2nd Dec 2017 Santa’s Arrival & Snow Day

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