Laguna Niguel Lake trout opener set for Nov. 19

By: Pa

Trout season continues to highlight inland freshwater lakes such as Laguna Niguel Lake, which will open its waters to anglers with its trout opener on Nov. 19. About 2,000 pounds of rainbow trout will be delivered to the lake by Nov. 19. Another 3,000 pounds of trout will arrive at Laguna Niguel Lake by Nov. 25, just ahead of Thanksgiving.

For the remainder of the season, 2,000 pounds of trout will be delivered each Wednesday.

Trout is expected to reach up to 15 pounds in size.

A fly fishing class is offered for novice anglers looking to learn new techniques to catch trout. Each two-hour class will be taught by Diawa Pro staff member Frank Murata and is limited to 10 members.

Fishing permits are $28 for adults, $18 for youth between 4 and 11 years old, $25 for active military and $25 for seniors on Mondays.

Anglers are limited to five trout per permit, two permits per day.

Boat rentals are $15 per hour, $30 for a half day and $50 for a full day. Fishing pole and fishing net rentals are also available for $10. A deposit is required for boat, fishing pole and fishing net rentals.

There is also a park entrance fee of $3 on weekdays and $5 on weekends.

The trout comes from Chalk Mound Trout Ranch in Bridgeport, Nebraska.

Trout season is expected to run through April 2015.

Located at Laguna Niguel Regional Park, the 44-acre lake is stocked with black crappie, bluegill, catfish and largemouth bass during the summer. It became a destination for trout during winter months when it was stocked with Utah Hook Jaw from Bicknell, Utah.

The lake is open for fishing between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day from Nov. 19 through spring 2015. Rental boats and float tubes are also available.

Laguna Niguel Lake is located at 28241 La Paz Road in Laguna Niguel. Call (949) 362-9227 or visit lagunaniguellake.com for more information.

To enroll in the fly fishing class, contact Murata at FishingWithFrank@aol.com.

The lake will be restocked with brood stock bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie by spring 2015.

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