Up to this point, access permits to San Vicente Reservoir had been released on Ticketmaster a week at a time, 4 weeks in advance. So tickets for the fishing week of Thursday November 3rd through Monday November 7th were initially made available on Ticketmaster.com beginning last Thursday, October 6th.
The city of San Diego has also announced that starting October 19th, anglers will no longer be allowed to line up at the lake more than 1 1/2 hours before sunrise. Currently, you’re permitted to get in line up to 24 hours in advance.
The city lakes office has said all along that Ticketmaster was a temporary solution to control the crowds surrounding the reopening of San Vicente, and that they would get away from Ticketmaster as soon as it was no longer required. It was expected that Ticketmaster would be in place for a few months, but it seems that crowds have lightened quicker than anticipated.
In the meantime, you may enter the lake without a Ticketmaster ticket as long as space permits on a first come, first served basis. Each day is limited to 150 boat launches. Those holding Ticketmaster tickets are guaranteed a spot, so the total number of tickets sold by Ticketmaster is subtracted from the total to get the available number of “drive in” spots for that day.
Current availability of open boat launch spots for this upcoming week at San Vicente
- Thursday, October 13th – 54 available boat launches
- Friday, October 14th – 97 available boat launches
- Saturday, October 15th – SOLD OUT
- Sunday, October 16th – 45 available boat launches
- Monday, October 17th – 132 available boat launches
The city is no longer restricting the number of cars without boats, other than being limited to available parking. So if there is parking available, you can enter without a boat without issue.
San Vicente is currently open on its summer schedule, with the lake open weekly Thursday through Monday for fishing and water contact activities permitted Thursday through Sunday. Beginning November 3rd, San Vicente will shift to its winter schedule which will mean water contact will be permitted on Sundays only with no change to the fishing schedule.
For official information on the operation of San Vicente Reservoir, view the city of San Diego’s Lakes and Recreation “What’s New” page.