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Lake Mission Viejo Fishing Guide

Lake Mission Viejo (LMV) is a man-made reservoir created for recreation use (e.g boating, fishing, sailing, swimming, etc.) in South Orange County, California in the city of Mission Viejo, CA and built in 1975. The Lake Mission Viejo has an average depth of 30 ft. and a maximum depth of 70 ft., is about 125 acres and 5,280 ft. in length.

Fishing at Lake Mission Viejo is restricted to LMVA (Lake Mission Viejo Association) members and their guests. LMVA 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 Lake Mission Viejo. See below to access the latest LMVA rules, regulations, etc.

Lake Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Saturday - Sunday

6:00 am - 10:00 pm

(Saturday 6/22 through Monday 9/2 Open Until 11:00 pm Daily)

Lake Photos

Popular Types of Fish at Mission Viejo Lake

There's a wide variety of fish that is offered at Mission Viejo Lake in Orange County, CA. Some of the most popular fish types include: Small mouth bass, blue gill, rainbow trout, cat fish and more.

Sunfish

Sunfish

Tilapia

Tilapia

Smallmouth-Bass

Bass

Catfish

Catfish

Highly Recommended Bait, Tackle & Gear 

There's a wide variety of fish that is offered at Mission Viejo Lake in Orange County, CA. Some of the most popular fish types include: Small mouth bass, blue gill, rainbow trout, cat fish and more.

Fishing Boat Rentals 

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15' Electric Boat

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Fishing Pontoon Boat

To rent a boat on the Mission Viejo Lake you will need  to be a current and valid Lake Mission Viejo Association Membership card and membership (required) to rent a boat.

Mission Viejo Lake fishing boat fees as of 05/2019:

  • Fishing Pontoon Boat - Holds 8 (21 yrs): $30/hr with a $30 Deposit*
  • 15' Electric Boat - Holds 6 (16 yrs): $8/hr with a $8 Deposit*

*Prices are only good Monday - Thursday only. Regular rates charged Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

Fishing Catch Limits

4

Fish Per Day

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.


Rainbow Trout

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.

Rainbow Trout Fish

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.

Directions to Lake Mission Viejo

Lake Mission Viejo is located in South Orange County in the city of Mission Viejo. The main cross streets are Marguerite Parkway and Olympiad Road and the easiest way to get to the lakes main access.

Prohibited Fishing Baits

No live aquatic baits

No live aquatic baits including fish from the LAKE, goldfish, minnows, crayfish, salamanders or newts, etc.

No Snagging, Spear...

No Snagging, Spearfishing, Nets or Traps

No Chumming

No Chumming (whether to attract fish or birds, keep all foods out of water!)

No Animal products

No Animal products including fish & fish roe, meats, hot dogs, etc.

MISC Items

No dog food, peas, corn or grains.