Fishing Overview & History

Fishing at LMVA

Lake Mission Viejo stocks our waters with a variety of fish for our Lake Members and their guests to enjoy.  These fish include: Catfish, Sunfish, Tilapia, Trout and Bass.  Fishing is free to LMVA Members while Member Guests who wish to Fish can purchase a combination Guest/Fishing Pass. to come in and fish with their LMVA Member for the day.  For more information about fishing rules and plantings please click here.

Come Fish LMV!

The Lake and daily fishing open at 6AM on weekends and 8AM on weekdays

  * Fishing is always free for members

  * Guest fishing costs a combined Guest Entry Pass and Guest Fishing Pass (See Fee Schedule)

  * Guests must be accompanied by members while visiting Lake Mission Viejo

  * Five-passenger Gregor fishing boats are available for rent at the Tackle Box Boat Rental Shop


 Fishing Conditions at LMVA

Throughout the summer time months LMV will be stocked with modest plantings of Tilapia and Catfish along with plantings of forage fish like Black Crappie, Mosquito Fish, Golden Shiner Minnows and Fathead Minnows.  

Although Golden Algae remains in LMV to some extent, they do not always produce a toxic effect on fish. This is the 5th year of Golden Algae at LMV that we are not seen their negative effects during these warmer months. Catchable-sized Catfish and Tilapia are stocked during the summer as are Sunfish and forage feeder fish. Tilapia and Catfish were may be best caught on worms from both the shore and from boats.

It is hoped that our new water source, Advanced Purified Water (APW), will eventually provide a less hospitable environment for the Golden Algae and provide us a better opportunity to rebuild a vibrant and sustained Lake Mission Viejo fishery. 

Golden Algae is NOT harmful to humans and water conditions are excellent for active use of the Lake and swim areas.           

Frequent Lake maintenance and water testing continue at the Lake, as it always has to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience at Lake Mission Viejo

For more information on Golden Algae, click here.


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
Saturday 28th Sep 2019 Oktoberfest
Tuesday 8th Oct 2019 Board Meeting
Saturday 19th Oct 2019 Lake Eeerie
Tuesday 12th Nov 2019 Board Meeting
Saturday 7th Dec 2019 Snow Day with the Annual Parade of Lights and Santa's Arrival
Tuesday 10th Dec 2019 Board Meeting

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