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Parking: $5

Dogs: Not permitted

Irvine Lake is open to shoreline fishing only, Fridays through Sundays. Note that Red Flag wind warnings or other hazards may lead to closure.

  • No license required. California Department of Fish and Wildlife fishing regulations regarding fish limits apply.

    • Additionally, the following fishing regulations apply:

      • Five fish limit.

      • Bass is catch-and-release only.

      • Catfish larger than 24 inches must be released.

      • Two rods per person maximum.

      • Approved baits only: worms, mackerel, dough baits, or artificial lures. No live bait allowed (except worms).
  • Trout stocking schedule.
  • Bass (catch-and-release), catfish, carp, bluegill, crappie and sturgeon are in the lake.

  • 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.

  • Parking opens at 6:30 a.m. Gates to lake open at 7 a.m. No re-entry.

  • ADA transportation to the lake can be scheduled by calling 714-649-9111 with at least 24-hour advance notice.

  • Absolutely no access to lake prior to opening. Please do not stop or park anywhere along Santiago Canyon Road. Anyone stopped or parked along Santiago Canyon Road prior to the opening will be subject to citation. Thank you for your cooperation with regards to the safety of everyone on the road. Please plan your drive accordingly.

California Fishing License required age 16+ at all parks besides Irvine Lake.