Fishing Lake Mission Viejo

 Current Fishing Contitions - Updated 7/26/23


Due to reduced negative effects of Golden Algae in Lake Mission Viejo, our biology department noticed improvement in fish survivability through the beginning of July. This allowed is to introduce several hundred tilapia and catfish on 7/20/23 for small test stocking.  To date, the fish are healthy and dispersing throughout the lake. A school of tilapia established themselves in Spillway Cove (close to the dam) days after the stocking.  Several members have been successful in catching both the  tilapia and catfish.

Current water temps range between 81-85 degrees with visibility at 10 to 11 feet. Several tilapia have been caught on white mini-jigs, tipped with worms. As always, try to keep your fishing gear on the “lighter” side; 2-4 lb test lines, smaller hooks & swivels and try cutting large nightcrawler worms in half or thirds. Try using fluorocarbon fishing line instead of traditional monofilament. Fluorocarbon line sinks faster and is more invisible underwater than monofilament. These tilapia are not quite comfortable in their new environment and are very spooky/skittish, so small baits & tackle are your best bet. The fish cleaning room will be open daily for members’ use.

All fishing rules still apply and will be actively enforced. 

Fishing boats are available for rent at the Tackle Box.


Lake Mission Viejo Fishing Rules

  1. 15 foot rule, no casting within 15’ of docks, boats, swim lines and the shore (except in the designated fishing area)
  2. No fishing in the marina or swimming areas
  3. No live bait other than worms
  4. One fishing rod per person
  5. No more than 4 fish in possession per angler
  6. Each angler must have their own stringer
  7. Guests MUST have a fishing pass in their possession
  8. Catch & Release of fish (other than trout) is allowed
  9. Angler must display member or guess pass while engaged in fishing


Violations are enforced and subject to fine(s).


The Lake is open for fishing at 8AM every day but Christmas Day

          Fishing is always free for members

          Guests must be accompanied by members while visiting LMV

         5 passenger Gregor and 2 passenger Tracker fishing boats are available for rent at the Boat Rental Shop


Fishing Rules & Lake Map





Previous Fish of Lake Mission Viejo

Tilapia (Tilapia mossambica)



Redear Sunfish  (Lepomis microlophus)



Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)



Black Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)



Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides)



Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)



Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)




Fathead Minnow (Pimephales promelas)



Golden Shiner Minnow (Notemigonus crysoleucas)



Mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis)

Day Date Events
Tuesday Dec 12th 2023 LMVA Board of Directors Meeting

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