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.

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 $8.00 $8.00
  • 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 09/13/14 - 09/19/14

Lake Conditions - Surface temperature is 75 degrees. 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 Licenses is required


  • Carp - Carp are biting and have been seen schooling all around the lake so if they are the ones you want, it should be no problem.
  • Bass - Bass are hungry. A gentleman caught a couple nice 3 pounders using bonita when they were fishing for catfish. Christopher Allen from Ramona snagged a 5 pound 3 ounce and a 3 pound 7 ounce bass near the dam using a drop shot rig setup.
  • Blue Gill - Anglers have been attempting to catch them with no results.
  • Crappie - Crappie are said to be biting.
  • Catfish - Catfish bite is steady and strong, so come on out! Anglers are out catching their limit on catfish. Catfish are biting on mackerel, night crawlers and bonita. They are being caught along the shoreline as well as near the dam.  
  • Trout - We will be stocking trout sometime in December-January. 

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

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 $8.00 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.