Fishing Overview

Trout Season coming to a close

The 2016-2017 Trout Season has come to a close with the last three stockings cancelled due to Golden Algae stressing our Lake fishery.

First found in Lake Mission Viejo in November 2014, Golden Algae made a strong resurgence this Trout season after not being much of a problem during the 2015/16 Trout season. 

Opening Day was postponed from November 19th to December 13th, after Golden Algae numbers began to climb in late October.  4,500 lbs. of "Nebraska Tailwalkers" were brought in from the Chaulk Mound Trout Ranch and even though we had treated the lake with algacide and the Golden Algae numbers had dropped, the newly stocked Trout were lethargic and very difficult to catch. 

Additional stockings on December 21st and 28th resulted in equally difficult fishing and only a handful of Trout were caught during Kid's Fishing Derby on December 29th.  Both January stockings were then cancelled. 

The water began to look better in late January and our Golden Algae counts started to fall so we gave it one more try with a 4,000 lb. stocking from Mt. Lassen Trout Farm on February 8th.  This stocking stayed alive but quickly became lethargic and showed no interest in taking a hook. 

Management immediately postponed, and then cancelled, the final three stockings of the 2016-17 season.

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WHAT'S NEXT?

Lake water conditions are just starting to show signs of improvement the week of March 4th.  Staff is monitoring the water daily and when lake waters improve sufficiently, a small stocking of Golden Shiner minnows will be put in the lake to test fish survivability.  We are watching for signs of a spring spawn from the remaining Bass and Tilapia populations, which normally appear from March thru June.  We look forward to starting a summer Tilapia stocking as soon as warmer weather arrives and the Golden Algae begins to lay down.  Keep your fingers crossed!

 



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

Fishing is free, as always, for members with a $12 charge for guest entrance pass and a fishing pass.

Five-passenger Gregor fishing boats are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Tackle Box Boat Rentals, next to the Launch Ramp.


Day Date Events
Tuesday 11th Apr 2017 Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday 9th May 2017 Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday 13th Jun 2017 Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday 11th Jul 2017 Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday 8th Aug 2017 Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday 12th Sep 2017 Board of Directors Meeting

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