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 10/17/14 - 10/24/14

Lake Morena Regional Park – Campo, CA

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 68 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 lows are now getting into the 30 degree area and the highs are reaching the 80-90 degree temperature, the catfish and bass are still biting however!

Trout –Will be stocking sometime in December-January

Bass – Multiple reports and sightings this week have been seen of people catching bass. A couple rental boaters pulled in a couple 5 and 6 pounders using plastic worms and chatter baits, they were fishing all over the lake.

Catfish – Kara Torrisi, Sam and Jim Kellog out of La Mesa caught a nice limit of Channel and blue catfish this week using Mackerel right off the shore near the boat dock. Rangers and Park Attendants have witnessed people catching catfish off the shoreline constantly when down by the boat dock.

Blue Gill & Crappie – Anglers have been attempting to catch them with minor results. Your best bet is crappie jigs or small crank baits if Blue Gill and Crappie are what you’re going for.

Carp – Carp are always seeming to be biting and are seen schooling all over the lake so if they are the ones you want it should be no problem.

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 $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.