A father and son enjoy Lake Murray, near the new home community of Weston in Santee, California.

Wet a Line at Lake Murray

Posted on 22 Jun, 2020

Nothing beats a day of fishing, and there’s plenty of opportunity at Lake Murray, just around the corner from Weston at Santee. Before you pack up the tackle box and poles, here are some things to know about fishing at Lake Murray.

The Lake Murray fishing story.
Located within Mission Trails Regional Park, with easy access to Weston, Lake Murray is actually a reservoir. The City of San Diego purchased it from the Helix Irrigation District in 1960.  When full, Lake Murray Reservoir tempts anglers with 3.2 miles of shoreline and 171.1 surface acres for float fishing.

What’s biting?
At Lake Murray, the catch of the day can range from largemouth bass and bluegill, to channel catfish, black crappie and trout. The gravel lake bottom and aquatic grass make for a good bass habitat. Fishermen can bag up to five trout, bass and catfish, and 25 crappie and bluegill combined. There’s no limit on other species. Bass must be at least 12 inches.

When your fishing day is done, grill up your fresh catch in your Weston outdoor kitchen for an alfresco private dining experience.

Know the rules.
All fisherman age 16 or older must have a California fishing license. Don’t have one? No problem. Licenses can be purchased (cash only) at the lake concession, or from the iron ranger boxes (envelope system) at the lake.

Getting on the water.
Whether you are looking to cast a line from shore, or spend the day on a kayak or small boat, Lake Murray has your answer. Shore anglers can follow the trail that leads from the parking lot to access shoreline fishing.

If you are aiming to hook summer species in deeper waters, bring your boat or rent one from the lake concession. You also can use float tubes within 150 feet from shore. The park has special requirements for float tubers, including requiring the use of a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device.

The lake is open for fishing from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week with a few exceptions. It is closed on the second Tuesday of each month and on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Getting there is easy.
When you live at Weston, getting on Lake Murray couldn’t be easier. The lake is located within Mission Trails Regional Park, just next door. You can access it via a pathway from both West Hills Park and the future park at the north end of Weston.

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