Fishing at LMVA

Lake Mission Viejo stocks our waters with a variety of fish for our Lake Members and their guests to enjoy.  These fish include: Catfish, Sunfish, Tilapia, Trout and Bass.  Fishing is free to LMVA Members while member guests who wish to fish can pay $12 to come in and fish with their LMVA Member for the day.  For more information about fishing rules and stocking please click here.


Current Fishing Conditions at LMVA

Fishing success can be challenging, but trout are still being caught regularly.

The 2017-2018 Trout Season began with the best fishing we’ve seen here in years. 

However conditions changed in mid-January when the trout lost their appetite and became easy prey for birds.

After about 6 weeks, conditions improved and the March 6th trout stocking saw a return of vigorous trout catching. A week later the catch fell off a bit along with the rain. Trout are seen actively swimming about but not feeding as voraciously and are mostly hitting on lures and jigs. It is advised to mix up your fishing techniques and baits as conditions will vary from day-to-day. The Golden Algae has remained at high numbers for over a year but it does not always produce a toxic effect on fish. So far we have not seen the Golden Algae’s fish toxins during the warmer months when we plan to stock Sunfish, Catfish and Tilapia.

It is hoped that our new water source, Advanced Purified Water (APW), will eventually provide a less hospitable environment for the brackish water loving Golden Algae and provide us an better opportunity to rebuild a vibrant and sustained Lake Mission Viejo fishery. 

Golden Algae is NOT harmful to humans and water conditions are excellent for active use of the Lake and swim areas.           

Frequent Lake maintenance and water testing continue at the Lake, as it always has to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience at Lake Mission Viejo

For more information on Golden Algae, click on this link



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
Saturday 24th Mar 2018 Angler of the Year Tournament
Sunday 1st Apr 2018 Happy Easter
Tuesday 10th Apr 2018 Board of Directors Meeting
Saturday 14th Apr 2018 Marine Appreciation Day
Saturday 5th May 2018 Junior Lifeguard Tryouts
Tuesday 8th May 2018 Board of Directors Meeting

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