The OC Board of Supervisors approved a contract that will help keep open fishing at Irvine Lake for at least another year.

The contract for up to $482,020 with James Productions, Inc. to support the public shoreline fishing program at Irvine Lake was approved at Tuesday’s board meeting. The lake was reopened to fishing in 2019 after several years of being closed to the public.

“The approval of James Productions to support shoreline fishing at Irvine Lake marks another milestone in our commitment to revitalizing this cherished recreational area,” Third District Supervisor Don Wagner said in a statement. “I’m dedicated to expanding public access to outdoor activities and enhancing the community’s enjoyment of this natural resource.”

RELATED: Check out these before and after images as Irvine Lake filled up again with water from more rain.

James Productions will be responsible for grounds maintenance, trash removal and operations for the fishing at the lake at the county’s center. The contract is effective July 1 through June 30, 2025, with the option to renew for an additional one-year term.

The lake will continue to be open for fishing from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. No license is required to fish at Irvine Lake, which is in the Silverado area.

According to the contract, visitors are limited to five total combined fish including trout, catfish and bluegill, but there is no limit to the number of carp that can be caught. All bass fish are subject to catch and release.

Currently, OC Parks is stocking the lake regularly with catfish.

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