Irvine Lake Shoreline Fishing

4621 E. Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676 

FISHING REPORT 

 OCTOBER 2019 

Water temperature still remains around 62 degrees. Although there are not quite as many fish caught over the past week, the patient anglers have been paid off with quality catches. 

Mini jigs and micro swimbaits have been very productive for panfish and
smaller bass. White, hot pink, and chartreuse have been some of anglers
favorite choices. 

The catfish bite has not disappointed many. Fishing along the rock bottom in
the Santiago flats with any cut bait has produced big cats. Anglers using
scent seem to have an advantage. Be sure to bring your braided line, as many
large catfish have broken monofilament and fluorocarbon lines with ease in
the reeds. 

The bass fishing has not been as active. Anglers are unable to get bit
fishing any reaction baits. Despite this, a few reliable techniques have
been buying bites. Dropshoting finesse worms, dragging tubes, and fishing
micro jigs still gets bit. 

 

 

 

Getting Here

4621 E. Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676
714-649-9111

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Park Hours: Friday-Sunday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Parking:  $5/Vehicle
Dogs:  Not Permitted

ATTENTION!

  Friday, October 18 at 3 pm
Saturday, October 19 at 7 am

East Shoreline will be used for a track and field event at the adjacent Oak Canyon Park.

  This will not impact fishing or your ability to access the lake.

PARKING

Please do not stop or park anywhere along Santiago Canyon Road. The entrance gate will not open until 7 a.m.
Anyone stopped or parked along Santiago Canyon Road prior to the opening will be subject to citation.

Two new parking lots have been created near the bait and tackle shop for your convenience.  Parking at these
designated lots only and walk to the shoreline for fishing.  Parking is $5 per vehicle.  The OC Parks parking permit
is valid for parking at Irvine Lake.  Visit www.ocparks.com to purchase a parking pass.

Thank you for your cooperation with regards to the safety of everyone on the road. Please plan your drive accordingly.

REGULATIONS

  • Five fish limit.
  • Bass is catch-and-release only.
  • Catfish larger than 24 inches must be released.
  • One rod per person maximum.
  • Approved baits only (worms, mackerel, dough baits, or artificial lure). No live bait allowed.
  • Bass (catch-and-release), catfish, carp, bluegill, crappie and sturgeon are in the lake.
  • The lake will not be stocked.
  • Shoreline fishing only. No boats, float tubes or other recreational activities available.
  • Bait and light snacks available to purchase.
  • No alcohol permitted.
  • No access to Irvine Ranch Open Space.
  • No camping
James Events Productions Irvine Lake Fishing
James Events Productions Irvine Lake Fishing
James Events Productions Irvine Lake Fishing

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a fishing license?

No, not at this time

Do California Department of Fish & Wildlife fishing regulations apply?

 Yes, however no fishing license is required. This is due to an existing Aquaculture permit held by the Serrano Water District. Future license requirements for fishing are uncertain and will be subject to review by the State and County.

Are there fishing limits?

  1. a) Yes, all Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations regarding fish limits apply, see www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regulations for the latest CA DF&W regulations.
  2. b) Additionally, the following fishing regulations apply:
  • Five fish limit.
  • Bass is catch‐and‐release only.
  • Catfish larger than 24 inches must be released.
  • One rod per person maximum.  
  • Approved baits only (worms, mackerel, dough baits, or artificial lure). No live bait allowed.  

What are the hours?

Friday‐Sunday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Are reservations required?

No, not at this time.

When can I line up to enter?

Gates open to parking at 6 a.m. Access to the lake begins at 7 a.m. Do not line up on Santiago Canyon Road prior. It is unsafe, and you will be subject to all applicable traffic laws.  

How much does it cost?

There is no charge for fishing. Parking is $5 per vehicle.

What fish are in the lake?

Bass, catfish, carp, bluegill, crappie.

Will the lake be stocked?

The lake is not stocked.

Can I boat on the lake?

Shoreline fishing only, no boats permitted.

Can I float fish?

No. Shoreline fishing only.