Fishing and Boating

Lake Morena View

Lake Morena
2550 Lake Morena Drive
Campo, CA 91906

Lake Morena is open 365 days per year. Entrance/Parking fees ($3 per vehicle) apply to all day use and fishing/boating visitors at time of entry.

Fishing and Boating Hours: Sunrise - 1/2 hour before sunset, daily

Day Use Hours: 9:30 a.m. to sunset, daily

Fishing Information Line: (619) 478-5473  

NEW!  Watch this Fishing Video!

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.

In Case of Inclement Weather: the boat dock is subject to closure during inclement weather which includes high winds, electrical storms, rain and snow storms.  Call the Park Office at (619) 579-4101 prior to departing for Lake Morena if you intend to access the lake with any watercraft or rent a boat.

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.  All visitors please proceed to the Park Office to check in and obtain a parking permit.

**No swimming at Lake Morena Park.**

Boat Rental Fees:

Boat Type Weekend/Holiday 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/Holiday 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
  • **Monday-Friday except holidays

Fishing Report for the period of 5/22/16 - 6/25/16

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 72 Fahrenheit. The water visibility is about 2 to 4 ft., Lake Gauge is at 79.56.

** 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 catfish bite is on.

Trout –No trout reported this week. Recommended baits would be Power bait, Rapala Countdowns, Kastmasters, Thomas Buoyants or night crawlers.

Bass – Michael Martin from El Cajon caught a 9lb bass on a swimbait in horseshoe cove. Robert Harger from Campo landed an 8lb 2oz largemouth on a plastic worm to the right of the dock. Your best bet is senkos, swim baits, rattle traps, crank baits, drop shot rigs, or jigs.

Catfish – Fishermen have been catching catfish all over the lake near any submerged structure in 5-10 foot of water on cut mackerel, chicken liver, and nightcrawlers. Good choice of baits would be mackerel, night crawlers, Bonita or chicken liver.

Blue Gill & Crappie –Your best bet for baits is crappie jigs, small crank baits, or mealworms.

Carp – Carp can always be seen up near the surface or by the shoreline so if that’s what you’re going for you shouldn’t have a hard time.

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 boating is from sunrise to 30 minutes before sunset, day use is 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

Andrew Jones Largemouth Bass 7-9 lbs

Andrew from Jacumba caught this large bass on swimbait.  (11/2015)

Bob Taylor 3lb 12oz Rainbow Trout

Bob Taylor -  3lb 12oz Rainbow Trout (2-2016)

Audree Goldstein 2lb 2oz Rainbow Trout

Audree Goldstein from San Diego caught a 2lb 2oz trout on a night crawler from the shoreline near the boat dock. (4-2016)

Wyatt Daniels Estimated 7-9lbs Largemouth Bass

Wyatt from Campo caught this 7-9lb bass off an MC Swimbait (1/2016)

James Drzewiecki&Tim Ruth 17lb 12oz stringer Rainbow Trout

James Drzewiecki and Tim Ruth from El Cajon came in with a 17lb 12oz stringer including a 6lb 8oz fat rainbow caught on green power bait near the dock. (3-2016)

Ryan Ashby 10lb 6oz Largemouth Bass

Ryan Ashby from Lakeside caught a 10lb 6oz Largemouth this week on a night crawler in Geezer Cove. (4-2016)

Larry Allen 5lb 1oz rainbow trout

Larry Allen - 5lb 1oz Rainbow Trout (2/2016)

Frank & Lee Heater Rainbow Trout

Frank and Lee Heater caught their limit this week on power bait and a night crawler from the shoreline. (3-2016)

Abdulazeez Ismael 17lb 6oz Stringer Carp

Abdulazeez from El Cajon came in with 3 carp with a total stringer weight of 17lbs 6oz all caught on dough bait from the shoreline. (5-2016)