Fishing

The Trout are HERE! 

1st stocking was in the early morning on Tuesday November 14.

 

TROUT SEASON OPENING DAY IS Saturday, November 18th!

We will give the Trout a few days to acclimate 

so there is NO FISHING ALLOWED from Stocking Day, Nov. 14th until

OPENING DAY, Saturday, November 18 @ 6:00 AM.

 

 

Trout Stocking Schedule for 2017-2018

 

 

There will be no fishing allowed on Stocking Day this season.

After a difficult Trout season last winter, we were able to begin summer stocking in July. Tilapia and Catfish were planted through the summer and the Tilapia bite really took off in August.  Fishing has really flourished this summer, a good lead-in for the 2017-2018 Trout Season.

 

At this time Trout Fishing Season and Stockings are A - GO! 

Click on the Activities Tab at the top of this home screen and select Fishing Overview or the Stocking Schedule link

for further Trout and Fishing information, as well as a copy of the 2017-2018 Trout Stocking Schedule.

 

Reminder - Golden Algae is NOT harmful to humans or other mammals.  Water quality is very good with no illnesses reported due to water use or contact.

 

Frequent Lake monitoring and regular water testing continues, as always, to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience at Lake Mission Viejo.

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Fishing Rules

Please click here for a PDF copy of the LMVA Fishing Rules

Other Fishing Rules to bear in mind:

1.       I.D. cards must be displayed at all times while at the fishing on the LMVA.

2.       Permitted Fishing: Fishing is permitted only at times and in areas so designated and in accordance with regulations and fees as established by LMVA.

3.       Restricted Fishing: Fishing is restricted to LMVA members and their guests. Members must have their LMVA I.D. card visibly displayed while fishing, and their guest may fish provided they first obtain and display a guest fishing pass. Guests must be accompanied by their host member while fishing at LMV

4.       Areas Closed to Fishing: Fishing is prohibited in all designated swimming areas. Boats must keep the marina entrance clear. Fishing is prohibited on the shore side of the red marker buoys of the Playa del Norte marina or any other so marked area. Red marker buoys delineate "no fishing" areas. No fishing within 15 feet of private docks or the bulkhead. Tying up to swim lines or buoys is prohibited. Unauthorized tying up to private docks is prohibited. Violators will receive a citation and/or fine, and possible expulsion and suspension of LMVA privileges for a period of time to be determined.

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Fishing Methods & Baits

Each angler may fish with only ONE closely attended rod with no more than three hooks and each angler must use own separate stringer.

Allowed Baits:

1. Prepared baits such as stink baits, dough baits, cheese, marshmallows.
2. Terrestrial invertebrates such as worms, crickets, meal worms or other insects.

Prohibited Baits:

1.       No live aquatic baits including fish from the LAKE, goldfish, minnows, crayfish, salamanders or newts, etc.
2. No Snagging
3. No Chumming (whether to attract fish or birds, keep all foods out of water!)
4. No Animal products including fish & fish roe, meats, hot dogs, etc.
5. No dog food, peas, corn or grains.

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Fishing Catch Limits

1.       Any combination of FOUR fish may be taken per angler per day. Each angler must place their fish catch on their OWN separate stringer and when limit is reached, all fishing must stop.

2.       Trout may NOT be released.

3.       Fish including trout may ONLY be given away when done fishing for the day. Recipient of fish must stop fishing when in possession of the 4-fish limit.

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Fishing Penalties

1.       Citation and fine, as noted in the LMVA fine schedule on file with the LMVA office and online (see fishing rules link at top of page), apply per fish over the limit.

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Fish Size Limits:

Trout: No size limits. Keep all trout caught.(limit 4 per day)

Catfish: 12" minimum length

Sunfish: (No size limits - May release)

Bass: Immediately release ALL bass until further notice.

Tilapia: (No size limits - May release)

 

Bass Catch and Release: Please note: 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.

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Other Rules to Bear in Mind

1.       15-Foot Rule: No fishing within 15 feet of any dock, swimming area, or bulkhead on LMV. This includes Mallorca, Tres Vistas and Finisterra swimming areas, private docks and private boats tied to the docks. The "15 Foot Rule" applies to all boats and fishing gear, (pole, hook, or line) and must be at least 15 feet away from all private property. Failure to respect the 15 foot rule will result in a citation and/or fine, immediate expulsion, 24 hour suspension or longer of LMVA privileges, forfeiture of any fees, deposits, and fish caught.

2.       Fishing Regulations: All state freshwater fishing regulations apply with respect to gear and method of take except that a California State Fishing License is not required.

3.       Fishing float tubes: Fishing float tubes are not allowed on LMV.

4.       Fish Cleaning: No cleaning of fish in the LAKE except in designated fish cleaning facility.

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PENALTY: See the LMVA Fee Schedule 


Day Date Events
Saturday 18th Nov 2017 40th LMV Trout Opener
Wednesday 29th Nov 2017 Fishing Club Meeting
Saturday 2nd Dec 2017 Santa’s Arrival & Snow Day
Sunday 3rd Dec 2017 Fishing Club Tournament
Tuesday 12th Dec 2017 Board of Directors Meeting
Friday 29th Dec 2017 Kids Fishing Derby

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