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

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


Lake I.D. cards must be displayed at all times while at the LAKE.

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. Guests must be accompanied by their host member while fishing at LMV

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.

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.

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

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

Catch Limits:
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.
Trout may NOT be released.
Fish including trout may ONLY be given away when done fishing for the day. Recipient of fish must stop fishing when in posession of the 4-fish limit.

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

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.

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.

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

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

PENALTY: See LMVA Fee Schedule