Lake Mission Viejo Fishing

Lake Mission Viejo Fishing

Lake Mission Viejo stocks 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 must purchase combined Guest/Fishing pass, and fish with their host member. 

For more information about fishing rules and stockings, please click here.

Fish the Lake!

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

  * Fishing is always free for members

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

* Guests fishing will be charged for a combined Guest Entry and Guest Fishing Pass (See Fee Schedule)

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


 Fishing Conditions

There will be no set Trout stockings scheduled for 2019/2020 due to the unpredictability of Golden Algae blooms.

Trout will be stocked during the winter months, as encouraging lake conditions permit. 

(LMV will report stockings on the Lake website, social media, and entrance marque.)

The December Fish Report

Cold, rainy weather through December kept the tilapia searching for warm water instead of putting on the feed bag.  Water temps are hovering just below 60 degrees.  

Overall, fishing during the month was slow, with the exception of Christmas Eve when a couple of fishermen ran into a very hungry school of good sized channel catfish. 

The feline frenzy occurred in Spillway Cove through the morning and both anglers caught their limits within a few hours. 

“Dropshotted” nightcrawler worms in 13 feet of water were the ticket and the fish ranged around the 3-5lb mark. All of the catfish fought hard and had big bellies on them.


Fishing the Lake

Lake Mission Viejo stocks Tilapia, Catfish and Bluegill, along with Black Crappie. Mosquito Fish, Golden Shiner and Fathead Minnows are stocked as forage fish.

Over 5,800 lbs. of catchable fish were stocked the summer of 2019, including 1,650 lbs. of Catfish, 3,750 lbs. of Tilapia and 400 lbs. of Bluegill planted!

Although Golden Algea may be present anytime of the year, it tends to produce a harmful-to-fish-ony toxin during winter and spring months.

  - This is the sixth winter that LMV has been confronted with Golden Algae, with its negative effects observed only during the cold water months.

We expect our new water source, Advanced Purified Water (APW) to provide a less hospitable environment for Golden Algae over time and provide us the opportunity to rebuild a sustainably vibrant fishery in Lake Mission Viejo.  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 continues 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)

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