Lake Mission Viejo Fishery Information

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Fred Benedicto record 3 lb 6 oz Tilapia
Fred Benedicto's record Tilapia - Large picture here.

Ryder Greyshock
June Catches!
Large pictures here

Ryder Greyshock
Ryder Greyshock & TJ Green - 1st member caught Talipia - Large picture here

John Phan
John Phan - 1st Talipia ever caught at LMV - Large picture here.

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Thurs 9/24/2015 4th TILAPIA Stocking - CONFIRMED 
fishing remains open after planting
Final stocking for the summer
Please note that these are tentative dates and are subject to change. Any changes will be announced on this page. Unless otherwise noted, the Lake is closed to all fishing from the start of stocking for the rest of the day.


Fishin' on LMV

Summer stocking of warm water game fish has revived the LMVA fishery, including 3,000 lbs. of Tilapia and 2,000 lbs. of Channel Catfish have been providing anglers with lots of opportunities to catch fish.

Several stockings of juvenile Red Ear Sunfish have also been delivered over that past three months.

Evidence of a spring spawn of Largemouth Bass is present in LMV as we see quite a few 2"-3" bass chasing schools of Golden Shiners and Fathead Minnows that were stocked earlier have also spawned. These tiny fish provide an excellent food source for the little bass and will hopefully start to rebuild our fantastic bass fishery.

Anglers can take advantage of this new age of fishing at LMV by using light line rigged with small single hooks and night crawlers for bait to catch both Tilapia and sunfish. Small spinners like mepes or phoebe lures are also catching fish. Fishing pressure is light, as anglers are just now starting to pay attention to this new resource of fish in LMV.

The Aquatics staff is continuing to monitor the lake for the presence of Golden Algae and is ready to respond rapidly should the toxin from the algae reappear and begin to adversely affect the fish populations in LMV. For now, all species of fish in the lake are thriving and growing. Staff is making plans to stock trout in November should lake conditions continue to remain stable.




** 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: 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. (please review all Fishing Rules)



The Lake Mission Viejo Fishing Club is active during the trout season with monthly meeting and tournaments from November through March.

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).


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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