Lake Mission Viejo Fishery Information

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Emma Elred with her 7 pound 7 ounce Trout
Emma Elred's 7 lb 7 oz Trout
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Derek Uyehara with his 5 lb trout
Derek Uyehara's 5 lb 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


Summer Fishing at LMV
Don't put those rods away; fish are still biting at LMV.
Biologist Tom Buckowski is making plans to stock catfish again this summer. We'll post details as we get them. Tom has also noticed a prolific spawning season for the tilapia planted in the Lake last summer. There are numerous fish over 3 lbs. along with lots of 2-lb. fish swimming in schools across the Lake ready to be caught.

Tilapia is fun to catch as well as excellent as table fare. Each fish yields two fillets of mild tasting white fish for recipes from fish tacos to fish and chips. Anglers fish for tilapia with light line (2-4 lb. test), #8 single hooks and night crawlers for bait. The fish can be found in a variety of locals across the Lake from 3 to 30 feet of depth.

The LMV bass population produced another excellent spawn of bass fry this spring. Compliance officers patrolling the lake have noted many clouds of bass fry under docks and along the shallows. Stocks of Redear Sun Fish and Golden Shiners have been placed into the Lake three times since February to support the forage base of the Lake for the bass to eat. All bass are under a strict catch-and-release program at this time. Please release all bass immediately.

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

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

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 on December 30th

The annual end of the year tradition at LMV, the 2015 Kids' Holiday Fishing Derby was held Wednesday, December 30th. 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

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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