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Lake O'Neill Camp Pendleton

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Lake O'Neill Camp Pendleton


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Location Information

Access Type:
  • Bank Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing Pier
  • Kayak/Canoe Access
Water Type:
  • bass largemouth
  • carp
  • catfish
  • panfish
Launch Fees:
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Lake O'Neill is located on the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base near Oceanside, CA. In order to access this lake you need to be military, DoD or contractor with the DoD. Before fishing on the lake you must go to the Game Warden to pay a $10 fee for fishing at any of the lakes on the base, this fee is good for the duration of your current California fishing license.

In order to launch a yak you must go to the Lake O'Neill Recreation Area to inform them you are launching and you must launch from the boat launch or beach front next to the boat launch. This is a reservoir so they ask that you try not to touch the water with any body part as much as possible.

One thing to know before you go is that they drain the lake beginning early September every year for cleaning. It is a small lake but perfect for yaking and there are some good size largemouth bass and catfish caught from this lake. All bass are catch & release but all other species can be taken home.

The campground is located right on the water across the lake from the Recreation Area and has many sites for RV and tents. Many of the sites have hookups with some only offering electric, some with electric and water, some with full hookups offering electric, water, & sewage and there are several no hookup sites available as well. If you decide to camp here on a holiday weekend be sure to reserve a spot well in advance.


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Nice little fishing lake

Be sure to go to the Game Warden's office to pay for your base fishing permit before getting on the lake to fish. The fee only costs $10 and good for the duration of your CA fishing license.

Launching a yak is easy with the boat launch. The lake isn't heavily fished so you will find plenty of spots to fish without the crowding of anglers on the lake. Most action on the lake is people renting paddle boats. If you are looking for a lake with scenery this is not the lake, it is surrounded by brown desert looking hills with very little trees. The best time to get out and fish from the yak on this lake is in the morning because after 1pm the winds kick up and begin to make it difficult to paddle and stay on spot. The bottom of the lake is mud and my anchor didn't dig in well to hold me over a fishing spot.

Due to this lake being on a military base access is restricted to a smaller group of anglers so the fishing pressure is quite low.

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