Lake Mission Viejo Fishery Information

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.

Philip Pang
Philip Pang - 12 lbs 2 oz trout. - Large picture here.

Tyler Smith
Tyler Smith - 10 lbs 8 oz trout. - Large picture here.

Tyler Terzi - 7 lbs 6 oz rainbow trout. - Large picture here.

Tyler Terzi - 45 lbs catfish caught on the same day. - Large picture here.

Thurs 3/6/2014
Wed 3/19/2014
Please note that these dates are subject to change. Any changes will be announced on this page. The Lake is closed to all fishing from the start of stocking for the rest of the day.


Spring Fishing at LMV – Opportunity abounds
Springtime fishing at LMV means variety. Bass moving into the shallows to spawn combined with the influx of trout coming from two stockings in March provide ample fishing opportunities for LMV anglers. On March 6, Mt. Lassen is scheduled to drop their final load of trout for the season into LMV, and the final stock of the year is set for March 19 from Chaulk Mound, delivering fish from Nebraska. Trout anglers have once again enjoyed a spectacular winter fishing season. The two trout suppliers have provided both quality and quantity of trout to LMV over the past four months. POSTED to FB 030314

As the days lengthen and the water warms, the trout make their way to the deeper areas of the lake. These fish prefer water under 70 degrees, which can be found into the summer at depths of up to 60 feet in the lake. Power Bait or night crawlers fished deep, or trolling small lures on lead core line rigs in the deeper waters, are often successful methods to attract the wary trout.

Longer spring days combined with the increase in water temperature mean that the famous LMV largemouth bass are showing themselves to anglers. Targeting bass in the spring months requires special handling of these valuable fish. Preservation of our trophy bass fishery depends on LMV anglers to properly catch, handle, and release all bass right where they are caught during the spawning season. Please contact the LMVA Compliance Officers for rules to follow when targeting these beautiful fish during the spring season.


Reminder: 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!



LMV Fishing Club anglers have enjoyed another banner year of tournament fishing. With four tournaments down, there is one competitive event left on the schedule for 2014. Warm, dry weather combined with very little wind has kept the lake crystal clear with smooth water conditions through most of the winter. Trout have been caught all over the lake, but anglers concentrating out in deeper water have the best luck. Mini Jigs, Berkley Power Worms and the traditional power bait rigs have all been successful during the season. There is still plenty of season left as we have two stocks scheduled for March.

The monthly meeting of the Fishing Club will be held in the Lake Administration building on Wednesday, March 5th at 7:00 pm. We will be wrapping up the season and talking about the spring bass fishing here at the Lake.

Monthly Tournament - Saturday, March 8th, 6:00-11:00 am
Angler of the Year (Lures Only Trout Tournament) - Saturday, March 22nd, 6:00-11:00 am
Tournament Fees
Adults 18+ $5.00
Teens (12-17) $5.00
Kids (Under 12) $4.00

For more information about the Fishing Club or trout stocking/fishing schedules, please call 770-1313, ext. 235.


  • 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).


2013 Kids Fishing Derby
The 21st Annual Kids Fishing Derby was held on Saturday, December 28th under blue skies and warm temperatures. 214 eager junior anglers and their families joined the fun at the LMV marina area to test their skills against the aggressive Nebraska rainbows delivered the day before the tournament. Lake Biologist Tom Buckowski corralled a batch of trout to remain safely overnight in the launch area, which ensured good fishing for the derby on Saturday.

The annual Holiday event is designed especially for kids from 3-10 years of age, giving many of them their first opportunity to land a trophy Lake Mission Viejo trout. Lots of fish were landed during the two hours of tournament fishing.

The fish were very nice, weighing 1 to 3.95 pounds each. Competition was close this year, and prizes were awarded to the top three anglers in each age division. The largest fish of the day was landed by 6 year old Bailey Dudleston, competing in the 5-6 year old division with a 3.95 lb. trout.

3-4 Year Olds – 40 Participants
First Logan Anast 4 Years 3.55 pounds
Second Alexander Anast 4 Years 2.85 pounds
Third Derel Uyehara 4 Years 2.75 pounds

5-6 Year Olds – 37 Participants
First Bailey Dudleston 6 Years 3.95 pounds
Second John Lange 6 Years 3.20 pounds
Third James Williams 6 Years 2.75 pounds

7-8 Year Olds – 47 Participants
First Gavin Ikeda 7 Years 3.15 pounds
Second Gabriel Healey 8 Years 2.70 pounds
Third Nathan Buntzen 8 Years 2.65 pounds

9-10 Year Olds – 37 Participants
First Garret Diuco 10 Years 2.35 pounds
Second Collin Thurrell 9 Years 2.20 pounds
Third Ethan Gonzalez 9 Years 2.20 pounds
Brooke Hamry 10 Years 2.20 pounds

Photos from the Kids' Fishing Derby are viewable in the Events Gallery.


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

Topographical Map of Lake Mission Viejo (large image)

Fish of Lake Mission Viejo
Pictorial Guide 1
Pictorial Guide 2

December 2013 Fishing Update - 46k PDF
November 2013 Fishing Update - 46k PDF
October 2013 Fishing Update - 46k PDF
February 2013 Fishing Update - 49k PDF

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Nicole Terzi - 8.55 lbs largemouth bass. - Large picture here.

Dennis Regalado - 11.25 largemouth bass. Large picture here.

Ryan and Dane Bora - 12-15 lbs bass. Large picture here.

Patrick Larkin (15) caught this 13.4 bass on April 11 2008. Large picture here.

Blake Boren and the 12 pounds 14 ounces bass he caught on February 23, 2008. Large picture here.

Patrick Larkin (15) caught this bass weighing approximately 16 pounds. Large picture here.

Michael Castillon and his record 5 pounds 14 ounces trout. Large picture and story here.

Logan Altman caught this 12.6 lbs Largemouth Bass. Large picture and story here.

George Coniglio - 19 lbs 12 oz bass.
Large picture and story.

Joe Senger and "The Whopper".
See pictures and story.

Don Tocher
Don Tocher caught, and released, this 73 pound Blue Catfish. April 25, '03

Steve Holland
Steve Holland caught, and released, this bass weighting approximately 9 pounds. May 25, '03