Location and Overview
Laguna Niguel Lake sits in Laguna Niguel, California, in the heart of southern Orange County. Located at 28241 La Paz Road (check out the map), this little gem proves that you don’t have to leave the suburbs to go fishing. For out of town anglers, Laguna Niguel Lake is just one of many fresh- and saltwater fishing opportunities located in the Orange County area.
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Fishin’ Laguna Niguel Lake
Laguna Niguel Lake offers anglers an assortment of game fish to choose from, including largemouth bass, rainbow trout, catfish, bluegill, and crappie. Bass, which are catch-and-release only, can be caught all year, while the best trout fishing occurs during the cooler months from November to May. In addition to rainbows, the lake’s management have started stocking Alpers trout, so the possibility of catching a trophy-sized trout here is a very real one. During the summer, catfish and bass become the main attractions. A small bait shop at the lake sells bait and tackle, and the staff can give you the lowdown on which baits and lures are producing well for each species at any given time. The shop offers pole rentals as well.
Although private boats are not allowed on the lake, rental boats are available – click here for rental fees and more information. Anglers may also fish from float tubes (for a $10 launching fee), as well as from the shore or from any of five fishing docks located around the lake.
Fish cleaning facilities and picnic areas are available for use.
Laguna Niguel Lake Weather
Weather in Orange County is usually temperate, with high temperatures ranging from the 50’s during the winter months into the 90’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 town of Laguna Niguel.
Lodging and Camping
Since Laguna Niguel Lake is located right in the middle of a suburban area, out-of-town anglers would do best to stay at any of the numerous hotels in the area. Although lodging right by the lake is somewhat scarce, several hotels are located in the vicinity of John Wayne Airport just a few minutes to the north. Room prices and availability may vary throughout the year, so make sure you check prior to taking a trip here.
For those so inclined, there are several campgrounds located within easy driving distance of the lake, although there is no camping at the lake itself. Click here for more information on area campgrounds.
Licensing and Regulations
Since Laguna Niguel Lake is a privately-owned facility, no state fishing license is required to fish there. Anglers must purchase a day use pass at the store located on the premises, which then entitles them to take and possess a total of five game fish of all species (except for bass, which must be caught and released). There is no possession limit on carp. The most current fee information is available on the Laguna Niguel lake website. Hours of operation, seven days a week, are 6 am – 5 pm from November 1 thru March 31, and 6 am – 8 pm from April 1 thru October 31.
For more information on Laguna Niguel Lake, check out their website, or call (949) 362-9227.