Lake Mission Viejo Fishery Information

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Avery Lin's 4lb. 12oz.Tilapia
Avery Lin's 4lb 12oz Tilapia
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Kyle Shimogawa's 4 lb 14 oz Tilapia
Kyle Shimogawa's 4lb 14oz Tilapia
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Emma Elred with her 7 pound 7 ounce Trout
Emma Elred's 7lb 7oz Trout
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Derek Uyehara with his 5 lb trout
Derek Uyehara's 5lb Trout
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Derek Uyehara and Ryan Crow
Derek & Ryan's NYE haul
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Steve Cook's record Trout
Steve Cook's record Trout
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Mike Myers with his 6 pound, 11 ounce Trout
Mike Myers 6lb, 11oz Trout
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Spencer Saito's record Tilapia
Spencer Saito's record Tilapia
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Omar Alkhairi's record Tilapia
Omar Alkhairi's record Tilapia
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fishing conditions update


Late Summer Fishing at LMV

Record Tilapia catch at LMVA
WOW!!! Check out what Tino Hernandez brought in on Wednesday! A record 5.0 lb. Tilapia,
caught in a boat off of East Beach using Nightcrawlers. - Photo courtesy of Spencer Saito.

Tino Hernandez, pictured above, has set the new LMVA record for Tilapia - Five Pounds Zero Ounces caught on Sepember 17th, breaking his previous record of 4 lb 8 oz. He also limited on Tilapia again on Sunday, September 25th.

Staff recommend rigging a worm under a float to hang a few feet off the bottom.

  • A worm sitting on the bottom will get lost in this year’s healthy plant growth.
  • Tilapia are hitting just off the lake bottom in about 30 feet of water.

A seasoned angler says that prepared fillets taste much better than the whole fish cooked with the skin on. has over 110 delicious tilapia recipes to try!

Come on down and enjoy improved fall fishing on the Lake! Tilapia are biting and 1,000 pounds of 1 -2 lb. Channel Catfish were stocked the end of August.

Late Summer Fishing at LMV

Tilapia weighing around 1-pound each were last planted in the Lake a year ago and they continue to spawn with Lake records now over 4 pounds!
Catching them last summer was easy due to the lack of vegetation caused by the poor water clarity then. A worm bouncing along the bare bottom of the Lake was easily spotted by the Tilapia and caught. This year, with the improvement of the water clarity, also returned the Lake vegetation that provides more food and cover for Tilapia. This is why Tilapia catching is more challenging this year.
1000 pounds of catchable, 2-to-3-pound, catfish were planted on August 26th and like the Tilapia, they may be caught on earthworms.
Don't use weights so that the bait drops into the weeds, but allow your worm to drift where they may be easily spotted by the fish. Use a light line (2-4 lb. test), #8 single hooks and night crawlers for bait. The fish can be found in a variety of areas across the Lake from 3 to 30 feet of depth. No meats or animal parts are allowed as bait.
The LMV bass population produced another excellent spawn of bass fry this spring and are growing nicely.
The bass catch-and-release policy continues until further notice so please release all bass immediately.

The boats are ready everyday and the Tackle Box retail store is stocked. So bring down the family and "Go Fish" LMV.


Trout Season! 

Each fall for the past 38 years, LMV members have looked forward to the return of rainbow trout to the confines of our beautiful lake. On Saturday November 19th, LMVA will celebrate Opening Day of the 39th TROUT FISHING SEASON on LMV. These fish provide great sport and excellent table fare for Lake anglers to enjoy. 

This approaching trout fishing season looks to be another exciting year for Lake anglers.  Biologist Tom Buckowski is once again calculating water temperatures and conditions in order to plan an optimum stocking schedule to ensure great fishing. 

Don’t forget to shop ahead at the well stocked LMV Tackle Box where all the latest trout lures and baits are on sale well before Opening Day.

The Lake, and daily fishing, is open at 6AM on weekends and 8AM on weekdays.
Fishing is free, as always, for members with a $12 charge for guest entrance pass and a fishing pass. Five-passenger Gregor fishing boats are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Tackle Box Boat Rentals, next to the Launch Ramp.



** Make sure your boat or watercraft 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. Compliance Officers, Lifeguards and Facility Supervisors strictly enforce fishing rules to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all LMV members. Thanks to your cooperation, LMV now enjoys World Class bass fishing status, including a World Record Largemouth Bass caught by LMV member George Coniglio in May 2015!

** 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 celebrating its 38th year of trout fishing! The Club is open to all LMVA members.

The LMV Fishing Club will hold the first meeting of the season on Wednesday, November 30th at 7:00 pm in the Lake Administration building.
 Meetings and fun tournaments run from November through March of each year.

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 and are a wealth of information about current lake fishing.


23rd Annual Kids’ Holiday Fishing Derby Returned to LMV Last December 30th

The annual end of the year tradition at LMV, the 2015 Kids' Holiday Fishing Derby was held Wednesday, December 30th, 2015. 4,000 pounds of trout were stocked on the day prior to the derby. Four age divisions - 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 and 9/10 year olds - were awarded prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place based on largest single fish caught.

Be sure to view the photos from the Kids' Fishing Derby



  • 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).
  • ALL Bass must be released until further notice

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