Irvine Lake

Irvine Lake with mountains in background

Irvine Lake

4621 E. Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676


Phone: 714-649-9111        

 Email: fishing@jamesevents.com

Park Hours: Friday-Sunday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Parking: $5
Dogs: Not permitted  Park Map

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.
          • One rod 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.
  • Parking opens at 6:30 a.m. Gates to lake open at 7 a.m. No reentry.
  • 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.

2021 Catfish Stocking Schedule

Dates shown are week of stocking. Schedule will be updated as available.

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



2020-21 Trout Stocking Schedule

Information about limited trout supply.

Dates shown are week of stocking.

OC Parks is importing trout from Idaho. Inclement weather may delay stocking dates. All fish will be delivered as contracted.

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



2020-21 Trout Stocking Update

Fall trout stocking was delayed due to a disruption in the supply chain.

In early 2020, multiple California trout hatcheries were infected with Lactococcus garvieae, a bacterial outbreak similar to streptococcus. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CADFW) was forced to euthanize millions of trout, which will impact inland fishing for many years.

Read more about the outbreak in this CADFW FAQ.

OC Parks has been working with our lake management contractor to secure necessary permits and import Rainbow Trout from a hatchery located in Idaho. The first trout stockings are anticipated to take place the week of Dec. 7-11. The full stocking schedule will be posted as soon as it is finalized.



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