2022 Fishing News

Anglers at LMV were fortunate to see low golden algae numbers during the first part of 2021, with decent fishing for catfish & tilapia.  However, an uptick of the golden algae population shut off the bite in May & June. Stocking has been suspended, with golden algae numbers remaining high. Some tilapia have been observed around North Beach recently, albeit in very low numbers.

LMVA continues to explore ways to reduce the golden algae numbers and increase fish populations by stocking catfish, tilapia and bluegill. Our work continues with biologists, the Association board and the Santa Margarita Water Dist. in an effort to control the influence of golden algae on our fishery.  When stocking can resume we will post dates & species stocked in the newsletter, and on social media, the lake website and front entrance marquee.

For past fishing information and history of fishing at LMV please click here.


There was no trout stocking last season due to elevated Golden Algae counts.

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

(LMV will notify members on the Lake website, social media and on the entrance marque when stockings are confirmed.)


Fishing Rules

Please click here for a PDF copy of the LMVA Fishing Rules

Other Fishing Rules to bear in mind:

1.       I.D. cards must be displayed at all times while at the fishing on the LMVA.

2.       Permitted Fishing: Fishing is permitted only at times and in areas designated and in accordance with LMVA regulations and fees.

3.       Restricted Fishing: Fishing is restricted to LMVA members and their guests. Members must have their LMVA I.D. card visibly displayed

           while fishing, and their guest may fish provided they first obtain and display a guest fishing pass. Guests must be accompanied by their host

           member while fishing at LMV

4.       Areas Closed to Fishing: Fishing is prohibited in all designated swimming areas. Boats must keep the marina entrance clear. Fishing is

           prohibited on the shore side of the red marker buoys of the Playa del Norte marina or any other so marked area. Red marker buoys

           delineate "no fishing" areas. No fishing within 15 feet of private docks or the bulkhead. Tying up to swim lines or buoys is prohibited.

           Unauthorized tying up to private docks is prohibited. Violators will receive a citation and/or fine, and possible expulsion and suspension of

           LMVA privileges for a period of time to be determined.


Fishing Methods & Baits

Each angler may fish with only ONE closely attended rod with no more than three hooks and each angler must use own separate stringer.

Allowed Baits:

1. Prepared baits such as stink baits, dough baits, cheese, marshmallows.
2. Terrestrial invertebrates such as worms, crickets, meal worms or other insects.

Prohibited Baits:

1.  No live aquatic baits including fish from the LAKE, goldfish, minnows, crayfish, salamanders or newts, etc.
2.  No Snagging, No Spearfishing, No use of Nets or Traps
3.  No Chumming (whether to attract fish or birds, keep all foods out of water!)
4.  No Animal products including fish & fish roe, meats, hot dogs, etc.
5.  No dog food, peas, corn or grains.


Fishing Catch Limits

1.       Any combination of FOUR fish may be taken per angler per day.

          Each angler must place their fish catch on their OWN separate stringer and when limit is reached, all fishing must stop.

2.       Trout may NOT be released.

3.       Fish, including trout, may ONLY be given away when done fishing for the day.

          Recipient of fish must stop fishing when in possession of the 4-fish limit.


Fishing Penalties

1.  Citation and fine, per the LMVA fine schedule on file at LMVA office & online (see fishing rules link/top of page), apply per fish over the limit.


Fish Size Limits:

Trout:       No size limit. You MUST keep all trout caught. LIMIT of 4 Trout per day

Catfish:     12" minimum length

Sunfish:    No size limit and you may release

Bass:          MUST immediately release ALL bass until further notice

Tilapia:      No size limit and you may release

Bass Catch and Release: Immediately release ALL bass to the spot where they were caught until further notice.


Other Rules

1.  15-Foot Rule: No fishing within 15 feet of any dock, swimming area, or bulkhead on LMV.

     This includes Mallorca, Tres Vistas and Finisterra swimming areas, private docks and private boats tied to the docks.

     The "15 Foot Rule" applies to all boats and fishing gear, (pole, hook, or line) and must be at least 15 feet away from all private property.

     Failure to respect the 15 foot rule will result in a citation and/or fine, immediate expulsion, 24 hour suspension or longer of LMVA privileges,

     forfeiture of any fees, deposits, and fish caught.

2.  Fishing Regulations: All state freshwater fishing regulations apply with respect to gear and method of take

      except that a California State Fishing License is not required.

3.   Fishing float tubes:  Fishing float tubes are not allowed on LMV.

4.   Fish Cleaning:  No cleaning of fish in or on the LAKE except in the designated fish cleaning facility.


PENALTY: See the LMVA Fee Schedule 

Day Date Events
Wednesday Oct 5th 2022 LMVA Special Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday Oct 12th 2022 LMVA Board of Directors Meeting
Saturday Oct 15th 2022 LAKE EERIE
Wednesday Oct 26th 2022 LMVA Annual Board of Directors Election and Meeting of the Delegates
Wednesday Nov 9th 2022 LMVA Board of Directors Meeting
Saturday Dec 3rd 2022 Snow Day with Santa and the Boat Parade.

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