Permitted Fishing
Restricted Fishing
Areas Closed to Fishing
Fishing Methods
Catch Limit

Minimum Size Requirement
Bass Catch and Release
15-Foot Rule
Fishing Regulations
Approved Baits
Fishing float tubes
Fish Cleaning


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

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.

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.

LMV is subject to closure for fishing for the remainder of the day following any fish stocking.

Fishing Methods:
Each angler may fish with only ONE closely attended rod, with no more than THREE hooks and must use own separate stringer. Snagging, spearfishing, and use of traps are prohibited.

Bass, catfish and sunfish may be released after being caught, providing they are in healthy condition.(see also: Bass Catch and Release rules) Under no circumstances should trout be released. Trout may be given away but only at the conclusion of the anglers fishing day. Trout that are given away count toward the angler's 4 fish limit.

Catch Limit:
Any combination of four fish, one stringer per angler.

Citation and fine, as noted in the LMVA fine schedule on file with the LMVA office and online, apply per fish over the limit.

Minimum Size Requirement:
Trout - No minimum size. Keep all trout. Release of trout back into the lake is prohibited.
Size requirements and other restrictions for bass, catfish, sunfish and other fish is available at the LMVA office and online.

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.

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.

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.

Approved Baits:
In order to protect the ecological balance of LMV, the only baits permitted are terrestrial insects, worms, prepared stink baits, cheese baits and marshmallows. Prohibited baits include all animal parts (including, but not limited to, trout roe, meats, dog food), all fish including goldfish, crayfish and fish from LMV, salamanders, newts or any foreign aquatic organism; and vegetables like peas and corn. Chumming is prohibited.

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

Fish Cleaning:
Cleaning fish is ONLY ALLOWED at designated fish cleaning stations. No fish may be cleaned on the lake or on the shore and no fish parts may be returned to the water.