Fishing and Boating

Lake Morena View

Lake Morena
2550 Lake Morena Drive
Campo, CA 91906
ThomBros: 1296-D5
Hours: Sunrise - Sunset
Fishing Information Line: (619) 478-5473

Camping Reservations:
For more information on camping please visit the Lake Morena Page

Special Notice (01/24/14): Due to the draw down of water at Lake Morena County Park, the boat ramp will be closed to launch personal watercraft until further notice. Personal float tubes, canoes, and kayaks are still able to launch on the lake. The motorized boats available at the lake's marina can still be rented, and are able to operate for daily fishing and water activities. Please call the Lake Morena Park office for further information at (619) 579-4101.

Directions:
Take I-8 east to Buckman Springs Road, head south 4 miles to Oak Drive, then west 3 miles to Lake Morena Dr. and the park entrance. Fishing, boating, sail boarding, and hiking can be enjoyed all year, seven days a week, sunrise to sunset.

**No swimming at Lake Morena Park.**

Boat Rental Fees:

Boat Type Weekend Rate Weekday Rate**
Motor Boat Daily Fees $50.00 $30.00
Motor Boat Senior/Disabled $40.00 $20.00
Row Boat/Full-Day $25.00 $15.00
Row Boat/Full Day Senior/Disabled $21.00 $11.00
Private Boat $5.00 $5.00
  • You may provide your own motor on a rowboat.
  • The speed limit is 10 miles per hour, so no water skiing is allowed.
  • Swimming is not permitted.
  • **Monday-Friday except holidays

Fishing Fees:

  Weekend Rate Weekday Rate**
Adults (16 and over) $7.00 $5.00
Juniors (10 through 15) $3.00 $2.00
Children (9 and under) Free Free
Seniors (62+ and disabled) $5.00 $3.00

Fishing Report for the Week of 3/14/15 - 3/20/15

In order to protect the integrity of Lake Morena Watershed the following Restrictions are now in effect-

  • ALL AQUATIC LIVE BAIT PROHIBITED.
  • NO BAITFISH OR CRAYFISH ARE ALLOWED!

Lake Conditions- Surface temperature is 50 Fahrenheit. The water visibility is about 2 to 4 ft., Lake Gauge is at 83.53.

** IMPORTANT NOTE** There are currently no state fishing licenses available in the Lake Morena area so be sure you acquire one before you arrive. The State License is required.

The bite continues to get stronger for the Trout.

Trout –Shelley Dwight from Lemon Grove caught a 7 lb. Trout on power bait in between the boat docks. Sam Slone from San Diego caught a 5 lb.8 oz. Trout on night crawlers in Geezer Cove. Larry Jones from Colorado caught a 6 lb. 2 oz. Trout on power bait near Paradise Cove while fishing from a rental boat.  Recommended baits would be Power bait, Rapala Countdowns, Kastmasters, Thomas Buoyants or night crawlers.

Bass – Float tubing bass fisherman have been coming and going this week with only a couple reports.  Greg Pshnyehnick from Ramona caught a 5 lb.2 oz. Bass using drop shot while fishing from a float tube, another angler not wanting to disclose his name also caught a 3 lb. & 5 lb. bass while shore fishing. Your best bet is plastic worms, brush hogs, swim baits, drop shot rig, jigs, or other lures that are slower action.  So if it’s Bass you want come on up.

Catfish – Catfish bite is starting to pick up with a nice some 3 lb.7oz. to 4 lb.5 oz. blue catfish. Good choice of baits would be mackerel, Bonita or chicken liver.

Blue Gill & Crappie – No reports this week. Your best bet for baits is crappie jigs, small crank baits, or mealworms.

Carp – Carp can always be seen feeding on the rocks and barely submerged up on the shoreline so if that’s what you’re going for should be no problem. No reports to update but we have seen evidence in the fish house of carp being caught .Look for shallow areas where they would possibly be hanging out.

Boat Launch conditions: Private boat launch is closed until further notice.

The speed limit on land and water is 10mph. Before launch all boats will be inspected for Quagga. Boats must be CLEAN and DRY. If you do not pass inspection you will not be able to launch for that day. The launch fees are $5.00 per day. Motorboats, kayaks, canoes, float tubes and sailboards must pay fee.

The lake is open daily for fishing and boating. Park hours for fishing and day use are from sunrise to sunset. No swimming at Lake Morena Park. Motorboats and rowboats are available for rent 7 days a week. Motorboats rent for $30 M-F and $50 S-S. No reservations taken on boats. Fishing permits M-F for Adults $5.00, Youth age 10 to15 $2.00, Seniors 62+ $3.00. Weekends and Holidays for Adults $7.00, Youth $3.00, Seniors $5.00.

For daily fishing updates, call Lake Morena’s recorded fishing line at (619) 478-5473.

Camping Reservations may be made by calling 858-565-3600

South Shore Campground: Reservations are recommended for camping at the main campground on the South Shore. This campground offers partial hookup sites (water and electric), as well as several developed sites. The main restroom offers hot showers and flush toilets, and is handicapped accessible. Lake Morena dump station is currently-OPEN.

North Shore Primitive Campground: This campground is closed until further notice. In order to protect the integrity of Lake Morena Watershed the following restriction are now in effect:
ALL AQUATIC LIVE BAIT IS PROHIBITED. NO BAITFISH OR CRAYFISH ALLOWED.

** IMPORTANT NOTE** There are currently no state fishing licenses available in the Lake Morena area so be sure you acquire one before you arrive. The State Licenses is required.

 

Boat Launch conditions:
Private boat launch is closed until further notice. The speed limit on land and water is 10mph. Before launch, all boats will be inspected for quagga. Boats must be CLEAN and DRY. If you do not pass inspection you will not be able to launch for that day. The launch fees are $5.00 per day. Motorboats, kayaks, canoes, float tubes and sailboards must pay the fee.

South Shore Campground: Reservations are recommended for camping at the main campground on the South Shore. This campground offers partial hookup sites (water and electric), as well as several developed sites. The main restroom offers hot showers and flush toilets, and is handicap accessible. Lake Morena dump station is currently open.

North Shore Primitive Campground: This campground is closed until further notice.

Lake Morena Fishing Hall of Fame

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Oliver from L.A. pulled in an 8 pounder using a swim bait on 12/18/14

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Robert from San Diego got a 21lb 10oz stringer of Trout along with a 7lb 6oz beauty in that limit on power bait out to the left of the boat dock. 2/7/2015.

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Jason from Campo caught a 10lb 14oz Trout on 12/16/14 using chartreuse power bait.

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Gus from San Diego caught a 7 lb. 14oz Trout on a rainbow spoon in geezer cove.  (2/2015)

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On 12/29/14 Mike from San Diego nabbed a 7lb 14oz trout using chicken liver.