Irvine Lake

Irvine Lake with mountains in background

Irvine Lake

4621 E. Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676


Phone: 714-649-9111        

 Email: fishing@jamesevents.com

Park Hours: Friday-Sunday 6:30* a.m. to 4 p.m.  Parking: $5
Dogs: Not permitted  Park Map

Irvine Lake is open to shoreline fishing only, Fridays through Sundays. Lake will open at 6:30  a.m. during trout season. Note that Red Flag wind warnings or other hazards may lead to closure.

  • No license required. California Department of Fish and Wildlife fishing regulations regarding fish limits apply.
      • Additionally, the following fishing regulations apply:
          • Five fish limit.
          • Bass is catch-and-release only.
          • Catfish larger than 24 inches must be released.
          • One rod per person maximum.
          • Approved baits only: worms, mackerel, dough baits, or artificial lures. No live bait allowed (except worms).
  • Trout stocking schedule.
  • Bass (catch-and-release), catfish, carp, bluegill, crappie and sturgeon are in the lake.

  • Shoreline fishing only. No boats, float tubes or other recreational activities available.
  • Bait and light snacks available to purchase.
  • No alcohol permitted.
  • Parking opens at 6 a.m. Gates to lake open at 7 a.m. (6:30 a.m. during trout season). No reentry.
  • Absolutely no access to lake prior to opening. Please do not stop or park anywhere along Santiago Canyon Road. Anyone stopped or parked along Santiago Canyon Road prior to the opening will be subject to citation. Thank you for your cooperation with regards to the safety of everyone on the road. Please plan your drive accordingly.

OC Parks COVID-19 Modified Operations

UPDATED 11/16/20: In an effort to minimize the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on park patrons, staff, and the Orange County community at large, and consistent with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Governor’s office, the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA), OC Parks are operating in the following manner.



2019-20 Trout Stocking Schedule by Week
**Revised 2/18/20
Upcoming trout stocking schedule by week for Irvine Lake, Carbon Canyon Craig, Clark, Tri-City, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mile Square and Yorba regional Parks.

California fishing license required* and all California Department of Fish and Wildlife rules apply.
(*license not required at Irvine Lake)



Fall-Winter Operating Hours Begin November 1
The clocks fall back early Sunday, Nov. 1, marking the end of daylight-saving time and OC Parks’ spring-summer operating schedule. Most regional parks close at 6 p.m. for the fall and winter, and wilderness parks close at sunset. Make sure to check our COVID-19 information page for modified operations at some parks.

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