Location and Overview
Corona Lake is located right off I-15 in Corona, CA, just minutes away from central and southern Orange County (check out the map). Fed by mountain runoff and nearby natural springs, the lake contains a lot of underwater structure that makes it a natural for fish – and fishermen! With fish plants taking place at least twice a week year round, Corona Lake is one of the most heavily stocked lakes in California.
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Fishin’ Corona Lake
Corona Lake is home to assorted game fish species including largemouth bass, rainbow trout, catfish, hybrid striped bass (“wipers”), crappie, and bluegill. The lake is heavily stocked year round, with trout being planted during the winter months and catfish during the summer. Boats, rods and reels are available to rent; there is an $8 fee to launch your own boat, and a $5 fee to launch a float tube. Check with the staff in the on-site tackle shop for the most up-to-date information on effective baits and techniques.
Corona Lake is managed by the same folks who run the Santa Ana River Lakes, and the same basic rules apply. Anglers must purchase a fishing pass on site in order to use the lake. A day pass is good from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., while a night fishing pass is valid from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays you can get a 24-hour pass which allows you to fish from 5 p.m. to 4 p.m. No fishing license is required.
Weather in this part of Southern California is usually temperate, with high temperatures ranging from the 50’s during the winter months into the 90’s and 100’s in summer. Extremes of weather are unusual, although you should check the local forecast for rain or wind before planning a trip here.
Click here to see current weather conditions and forecasts for the city of Corona.
Lodging and Camping
At this time there is no overnight camping permitted at Corona Lake, although the management is currently in the process of installing camping facilities which should be available for use sometime in the near future. The city of Corona boasts one large, well appointed RV park, Glen Ivy. There is also a decent selection of hotels located in and around Corona – click here for more details or to make reservations. Nearby Orange County, within easy driving distance of Corona Lake, has numerous hotels as well, so finding lodging should never be a problem.
Licensing and Regulations
Since Corona Lake is privately owned, no fishing license is required other than a day or night use pass as noted above. Anglers may fish with up to two poles, and may possess a total of five catfish and bass in combination. Ten crappie may be kept, with no limit on bluegill or carp.
For more information on rules and fees, you can contact the Corona Lake management at (951) 277-4489, or check out their website.