Lake Morena Fish Report


Lake Conditions- Surface temperature is approx. 63 Degree Fahrenheit. The water visibility is clearing to about 2 to 3 ft.

Trout- Over the past week, month no rainbow showed up. We’re looking forward to stocking sometime in December.

Bass – Not much change except Lunar filled nights. The Large-Mouths are still favoring plastic chasing them near the surface.
Still seeing plenty of 1 and 2 pounders being reported; all but a few caught and released. Larger bass are on the move as 4 to 6 pounders are being reported. These anglers prefer to remain anonymous.

Catfish – The Catfish have never slowed down with limits reported. Nightcrawlers, Chicken Livers and Mackerel have been the ticket. One of the better spots was near the boulders at Paradise cove but other spots such as Horseshoe, Cabin and Pumphouse cove did just as well. Watch for submerged rocks around these spots as they can sneak up on you.

Bluegill – No ‘gills’ reported this week

Crappie – The Crappie have been no shows.

Carp – These fish are mouthing the surface parading around the boat dock but are hard to get them to bite.

Boat Launch conditions: Boat launching is open for private boats.

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 fee.

The lake is open daily for fishing and boating. Park hours for fishing and day use are roughly 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.
Reservations for camping may be made @ 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.


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Lake Morena

Lake Morena is located about 1 hour east of downtown San Diego in Campo, CA. It is open for fishing 7 days per week and features a popular campground on the lake's shoreline.