Your Guide to Laguna Niguel
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Laguna Niguel Lake Guide

Laguna Niguel Lake Guide

Laguna Niguel is known as a beautiful community with a preserved suburban vibe. Given that it’s a landlocked community, locals and visitors still get to do things under the sun and by the water. Laguna Niguel Lake is a great spot for fishing and bonding with family and friends.

Laguna Niguel Lake, also known as Sulphur Creek Reservoir, is an artificial 44-acre recreational and fishing lake. Two sources feed the Laguna Niguel Lake which is the Sulfur Lake itself and a storm drain.  It was completed in 1966, and since then, it has been a perfect place for fishing enthusiasts.

Fishing in Laguna Niguel Lake

Laguna Niguel Lake has been popular as a fishing spot. It has been stocked with various fish like catfish, trout, bass, bluegill, and trout.

Fishing is popular in this lake from November until April. It’s famous for stocking ‘wild raised’ Utah ‘Hawk-Jaws’ that approximately weighs 15 pounds (6.5kg). In 2007, the Laguna Niguel Lake didn’t stock Utah trout. The lake started receiving stocks from the fish hatchery of the Mt. Lassen. In 2010, the lake received new operators that brought back well-known Utah Rainbow Trout.

If you’re fishing trouts, know that only five fishes for stringer are allowed in the lake. Regulations don’t also allow releasing of trouts unless caught on flies only or barbless artificials.

Fishing in Laguna Niguel is free for locals and visitors. Note that there’s a vehicle entrance fee. On weekdays, the fee is $3 and on weekends is 5. On holidays, the fee is $7. The parking hours are from 7am-9pm during daylight savings time and 7am-6pm during standard time. No watercraft is allowed on the lake, and there’s no available bait and rentals. So you better be ready for everything before you head there.

Fishing is allowed on designated areas only and the shoreline. The Orange County continues to stock the lake seasonally with fishes. The stocking schedules are available online at

Bring your family and friends to this fun activity at Laguna Niguel Lake. You may access the lake from La Paz Road, which runs along its eastern shore.

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