Lake Mission Viejo Fishery Information

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Gary Harmon
Gary Harmon's 13 lb Bass - Large pictures here.

Matt Stigna
Matt Stigna's 8 lb Bass - Large pictures here.

Anthony Magno
Anthony Magno's 8 lb. Trout - Large picture here.

Jeff Moon
Jeff Moon's 11 lb. 2 oz. Trout - Large pictures here.

Amber and Zeid Nesheiwat
Amber & Zeid Nesheiwat's 8 lb. Trout - Large picture here.

John Blum
John Blum - 8 lbs 6 oz rainbow trout. - Large picture here.

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Lake Mission Viejo experienced a serious loss of our fish population in November when an aquatic pest by the name of “Golden Algae,” never seen before in our lake, appeared. This algae releases a toxin that attacks the gills of fish and compromises their ability to breathe, resulting in death.

Golden Algae, present in Texas since the mid 80’s, first appeared in California in the fall of 2013 at East Lake in Yorba Linda. LMV was immediately tested and found to be clear of Golden Algae. Several other lakes in Southern California were stricken with Golden Algae in the fall of 2014, and LMV again tested negative.
Fish began dying in LMV on November 10th. The water was again tested and found to have very low levels of the toxic algae. Over the next several weeks almost all of the fish in the lake died.

LMV staff has reached out to the scientific community, speaking with a number of different researchers and governmental agencies to research
the science, history, and attempts to eradicate Golden Algae from other lakes, ponds, and rivers across the country. The difficult news is that there is no specific treatment available to rid LMV of this toxic condition to the fish. The Lake has been treated with algaecide targeting Golden Algae with some success.
Staff has placed test trout into a contained area of the lake twice since we began treatment. The results have been discouraging with the loss of the fish immediately after planting.

Recently the bi-weekly laboratory tests have shown a drop in concentration of the algae in the water column.
Staff continues to monitor conditions with the ultimate goal to restock the lake with fish.

LMVA Board and staff are hard at work seeking a solution that will allow restocking of game fish in LMV. Trout stocking has been delayed until such time that staff can be sure that fish stocked into the lake will survive. We will continue to keep members informed via the website as conditions change.
Thank you all for your concern and support as we attempt to solve this stubborn problem.



** If you own your own boat, make sure it is currently registered with LMV and has passed our Quagga Mussel quarantine process. Failure to comply with LMVA registration requirements will stop you from launching your boat. For more information, contact the LMV membership office at (949) 770-1313, ext. 215.

** LMV rules prohibit anglers from fishing within 15 feet of any private dock, bulkhead, or beach area around the lake. Lifeguards strictly enforce fishing rules, thus providing a safe and enjoyable fishing experience for all LMV members. Thanks to your cooperation, LMV now enjoys World Class bass fishing status!

** The Lake's Bass slot limit has changed. You must now release any Bass larger than 14". You may keep any Bass smaller than 14". During the annual spawning season, between March 1st and June 1st, ALL bass must be released immediately to the spot where they were caught. (please review all Fishing Rules)



The Lake Mission Viejo Fishing Club is open to all LMVA members and will be celebrating the 37th year of trout fishing with a number of exciting events. The Club's next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 11th at 7:00 pm in the LMVA Administration building. CURRENTLY ALL FISHING CLUB MEETINGS AND TOURNAMENTS ARE CANCELLED DUE TO CURRENT FISHING CONDITIONS

For more information about the Fishing Club or trout stocking/fishing schedules, please call 770-1313, ext. 235. Or better yet, fish around the Lake website.

Don't forget to say hello to the Lake Compliance Officers this season. They are on the lake to assist you with having a great day as well as advising anglers on current rules and regulations.


  • Members must have their LMVA ID card in order to rent boats.
  • ID cards must be displayed at all times while fishing.
  • Guests must display their Guest/Fishing Pass while fishing.
  • Trout limits are 4 fish per person per day.
  • All trout must be kept ("Catch and Release" not allowed with trout at LMV).


* Annual Kids' Fishing Derby photos are viewable in the Events Gallery.


Topographical Map of Lake Mission Viejo (large image)

Fish of Lake Mission Viejo: Pictorial Guide 1 | Pictorial Guide 2


Download the latest Fishing News above, or call LMV's fishing king, Dave Kerr (also known as Manager of Administrative Services) at 770-1313, ext. 213 or email

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