Did you know that you can fish in the Woodbridge lakes in Irvine?
Yes, with a fishing permit from the Woodbridge Village Association, you can, as long as you're a registered Woodbridge resident, with a WVA Fishing Permit, and have a Fishing Regulations and Log Booklet.
An awesome perk of living in Woodbridge, Irvine is being able to catch a glimpse of life going on underneath the surface. There are many species of fish who call the Woodbridge lakes home.
Here is a list of some of them as described on the WVA website:
“Bass are spiny-finned fish. This bass occurs naturally in eastern North America but has been introduced throughout the rest of the continent. It is one of the most popular of all freshwater game fish; the angling record is 22.25 lb.”
“Most sunfishes are small, from 3 to 10 inches. The most familiar species is the bluegill sunfish which is known to reach a weight of 4.75 lb. Another species familiar to Woodbridge fishermen is the redear. These fish prefer the shallow, weedy margins of lakes and streams. Sunfish are stocked in the lakes to provide forage for the bass and fishing for the angler.”
“Carp is the general term for freshwater fishes belonging to a large family which includes barbs, gobies, minnows, danios, and goldfish, as well as the common carp. Carp average 3 to 5 lb in weight, although catches of more than 80 lb have been recorded.”
“Crappie is a fish native to the eastern United States. There are two species: the white crappie and the black crappie, the black is the fish in Woodbridge lakes. They usually do not exceed 12 inches in length but may reach 21 inches. Crappies are most important as a sport fish.”
“Shad are herring-like schooling fishes with silvery scales and compressed, deep bodies. Most feed on plankton as well as fish and inhabit marine or brackish water as adults. The American shad, was introduced on the west coast of the United States in the later 1800s and rapidly proliferated in San Francisco Bay and tributary streams.”
“Minnows are typically 6 inches or less in length, with a full body, large head, and soft fins. The Sacramento Blacks located in our lakes are known to be veracious insect consumers and aid in the control of the midge.”
Fishing on the Woodbridge lakes are "catch and release" with the exception of Bluegills and Red Ear Sunfish.
Check out a list of all the rules and regulations here. To obtain a fishing permit, or for questions, visit the Woodbridge Community Center or call 949-786-1800.