Orange County Lakes

Orange County Park Lakes Catfish Stockings

  • Lakes stocked the week of September 6th-10th, 2021
  • Carbon Canyon Regional Park Lake
  • Mile Square Regional Park Lake
  • Tri-City Regional Park
  • Yorba Regional Park Lake                            
  • Lakes stocked the week of October 4th-8th, 2021
  • Carbon Canyon Regional Park
  • Laguna Niguel Regional Park


Do you know that many park lakes are stocked with fish by the Department of Fish and Wildlife? A Fishing License is required to fish park lakes in California. The setting is great, bring the family your dog a BBQ and enjoy the awesomeness fishing park lakes. There is a park lake near you. Get out and explore just how awesome some of these parks really are. The wildlife is incredible we just need to slow down and look around us. Step out of the daily grind and step into a little bit of paradise around the corner.  There are lots of fish to be caught here. Depending on the time of year you could catch Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, and Trout. If you’ve never been to Yorba Regional Park come take a look you won’t be disappointed, it really is an Amazing Park. For more information on Yorba Regional Park or any park click the link to be directed to OC Parks


Carbon Canyon Regional Park 4442 Carbon Canyon Road Brea, CA 92823 This beautiful 4-acre lake has two fishing piers and plenty of shorelines to fish. 

Last fish stocking was catfish May 10th-14th, 2021  

  • Fall & Winter hours are from 7 a.m. To 6 p.m.
  • Spring & Summer hours 7 a.m. To 9 p.m.
  • Entry Fee M-F $3.00 per car Sat. & Sun $5.oo per car special events and holidays may be more.
  • Barbeques
  • Baseball Field
  • Bike Trails
  • Dogs Permitted
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Fishing
  • Hiking Trails
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Picnic Area
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Did you know Carbon Canyon Regional is the only place in Orange County that has a trail that leads to a 3-acre grove of Redwoods (Sequoia Sempervirens)? For more information on this park click the link. https://www.ocparks.com/parks/carbon


Ted Craig Regional Park 3300 Stage College Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92835 A great escape for a lunch break or to spend the afternoon with family and friends. Check out some of the great amenities available at Craig Park.

The last fish stocking was trout the week of Feb 22nd-26th, 2021

  • Baseball Field 
  • Basketball Courts
  • Bike Trails
  • Botanical Reserve
  • Hiking Trails
  • Fishing
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Racquetball Courts

To find out more about these amenities and to see all the amenities and activities Clark Park has to offer click the link below. I’ve also added a link to The Hat World Famous Pastrami Sandwiches they’re just outside the main entrance Imperial & State College Blvd. If you have never been you have to stop for a sandwich.


Craig Park 1-27-21
Craig Park 1-27-21
Craig Park 1-27-21

Ralph B Clark Regional Park 8800 Rosecrans Ave, Buena Park, CA 90621 Orange County has so many wonderful parks, this is just another great park with a beautiful 3 acre lake to escape. Here are some of the amenities you will find here.

Last fish stocking was catfish the week of April 19th-23rd, 2021

  • An amphitheater that overlooks the lake
  • Barbeques
  • Dog Permitted but must be on a 6′ leash
  • Fishing
  • Model Sail Boating
  • Hiking Trails
  • Volleyball Courts 2 sand courts
  • Thee Softball Fields, Baseball diamond
  • Four Tennis Courts
  • This is a nice park with lots of amenities for more information click the link.  https://www.ocparks.com/parks/ralph

Irvine Lake 4621 E. Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676. Just a short drive through Santiago Canyon and you’re surrounded by the beautiful hillsides, feels like you really got out of the city. Only open three days a week, so you know there are lots of fish in this lake. Here are some things you should know about Irvine Lake.

The last fish stocking was catfish the week of April 19th-23rd, 2021

  • Hours are Friday – Sunday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • No Dogs Permitted
  • Parking $5.00
  • No Fishing License require here   
  • Five Fish Limit
  • Bass Catch & Release Only
  • Catfish larger than 24 inches must be released
  • One Rod per person maximum
  • Approved baits only worms, mackerel, dough bait, or artificial lures. No live bait except the worms.
  • Bass (catch & Release), catfish, carp, bluegill, crappie & sturgeon are in the lake.
  • Shoreline fishing only. No boats, float tubes
  • Snacks and bait available to purchase
  • No alcohol permitted
  • Parking opens at 6:30 a.m. Gates to lake open at 7 a.m.
  • Absolutely no entry to the lake prior to opening. Anyone parking along Santiago Canyon prior to lake opening is subject to a citation.
  • For more information on Irvine Lake click the link. https://www.ocparks.com/parks/irvinela

Irvine Regional Park Lake 1 Irvine Park Road Orange, CA 92869 What an awesome park, so many amenities here it is unbelievable. Here are some things you can do at this awesome park.

The last fish stocking was catfish the week of April 5th-9th, 2021

  • Fall-Winter Hours 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
  • Spring-Summer 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Parking $3.oo M-F $5.00 Sat & Sun more on some holidays and special events.
  • Bike Trails
  • Bike Rentals
  • Fishing, trout will be planted the week of Feb 8th – 12th.
  • Food Concession
  • Paddle Boat Rentals
  • Pony rides
  • Train Rides
  • Visit a Zoo, admission only $2.00 for ages three and up, two and under are free. The Zoo reopened on Feb 3rd but, has some modifications. You must follow the designated path within the zoo. Keeper chats and animal presentations and animal interactions will not be offered at this time.
  • Check all the activities Irvine Regional Park has to offer by clicking the link below https://www.ocparks.com/parks/irvine


Laguna Regional Park Lake 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 A great lake to fish for Bass, Catfish, and Trout. 

The last fish stocking was catfish the week of April 5th-9th, 2021

  • Entry Fee $3.00 per vehicle M-F 5.00 Saturday and Sunday could be more on holidays and for special events
  •  Fall & Winter Hours 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Spring & Summer 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Barbeques
  • Bike Trails
  • Fishing a nice 44-acre lake with lots of great fishing spots. 
  • Hiking Trails 
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • 4-Lighted Tennis Courts
  • 4-Pickleball Courts
  • Radio Controlled Glider Area
  • Scenic Overlook
  • For more information on Laguna Regional click the link. https://www.ocparks.com/parks/lagunan

Mile Square Regional Park Lake 16801 Euclid St. Fountain Valley, CA 92708  If you like Archery this park has the largest range in Orange County. Here are some of the activities you will find in this 604-acre park.

Last fish stocking was catfish May 10th-14th, 2021

  • Archery the largest range in Orange County, CA
  • Bike Rentals
  • Swan Paddle Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Fitness Par Coarse
  • Nature area, 15 acres open daily 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Nature area is subject to closure for the weather, maintenance, or special events
  • Three Regulation Golf Courses
  • To see more about Mile Square Park just click the link. https://www.ocparks.com/parks
Mile Square Park 1-30-21
Mile Square Park 1-30-21

Santa Ana River Lakes 4060 E La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92807 Home of the LUNKER! If you want to catch big trout this is the place. For more information on Santa Ana River Lakes click the link. https://www.fishinglakes.com/locations/santa-ana-river-lakes/

Tri-City Regional Park Lake 2301 Kraemer Blvd. Placentia, CA 92870 Nice 40 acres with an 8-acre lake, but this lake isn’t stocked as much as some other lakes in Orange County. Great location, beautiful borders Fullerton, and just a quarter-mile from Brea.

The last fish stocking was catfish the week of April 5th-9th, 2021

  • Park hours Fall – Winter 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
  • Park hours Spring & Summer 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Barbeques
  • Bike Trails
  • Family Picnic Area’s
  • Fitness Course
  • Model Sail Boats Permitted
  • For more information on Amenities and park rules click the link https://www.ocparks.com/parks/tri_city_park
Yorba Regional Park Lake

Yorba Regional Park 7600 E. La Palma, Anaheim, CA 92807 A great park located off the 91 freeway. Easy to get to from both Orange County or the Inland Empire. 

The last fish stocking was catfish the week of April 19th-23rd, 2021

  • Park Hours Fall – Winter 7 a.m. 6 p.m.
  • Park hours Spring = Summer 7 a.m. 9 p.m.
  • Parking Fee $3.00 per vehicle M-F
  • Parking Fee $5.00 per vehicle Sat & Sun
  • Parking higher on some holidays and special events
  • Barbeques-bring charcoal, wire brush, or foil.
  • Baseball Fields
  • Bike Trails-the park has a paved path, but the Santa Ana River Bed runs adjacent to the park and has a bike trail that leads to the beach.
  • Bike Rentals
  • Family Picnic Areas-this park has over 400 picnic tables placed throughout the park, some with permanent shade.
  • Fishing, a great place for fishing depending on the time of year you can catch Trout, Catfish, Bass, and Bluegill can all be caught in these lakes. The lake receives Trout and Catfish plants
  • Fitness Par Course
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Model Sail Boating Permitted
  • Paddle Boat Rentals
  • Playground
  • For more information on Amenities and Park Rules, please click the link. https://www.ocparks.comks/yorba

 Today at Yorba Anglers were catching fish, kids playing the wildlife around this lake is truly amazing! If you have never been to Yorba Regional Park put this on your list of parks to fish. I was so amazing here and to see people catching fish made my day. 

Yorba Regional Park Lake 2-7-21
Yorba Regional Park Lake 1-24-21
Yorba Regional Park Lake 1-24-21

While walking around the lake today I met Brandon, he had just landed this nice trout on a Mice Tail. I have seen others using Mice Tails, Power Bait and a couple using a Nightcrawler. Trout were being caught in both the big lake and the adjacent lake. It was a great day to be outside and catching some trout makes it even better.