The MCAS Miramar Fish Pond


The Miramar Fish Pond is about 250 meters long and 150 meters wide, and is about 30 feet deep near the dam.
Go fishing! The Miramar Fish Pond has been stocked with three different types of hungry fish!!!

Getting there: The Fish Pond is close and easy to get to! Take Pless Road south off Miraway Way (just west of the Brig). Turn right after the “narrow bridge,” ignore the first left turn, and go straight to the top of the hill; you’ll see the sign and entrance on your right. Park in the lot and walk down to the pond.

Get a license: A fishing permit is available FREE at Party Adventure Recreation Center (PARC).

Fishing rules: You must be at least 13 to fish alone. Fish only from designated areas. All fish must be taken on hook and line. Use of minnows, frogs, shiners or gamefish for bait is prohibited. Chum or attractant is not permitted. Catch and release only. Click [ here ] for complete rules.

Fish Pond rules: No open fires (including grills). Alcohol and smoking are not permitted. All dogs must be on a leash. Park where indicated; handicap parking is permitted at the lower level. Boating and swimming are not permitted.  Observe Fish Pond hours.

A few words of caution: The Fish Pond is located near the west end of the runway. Departing aircraft, especially F/A-18 Hornets on take-off, can be very loud, very suddenly.  You may wish to bring hearing protection. Please consider the effect of jet aircraft noise on very young children. MCAS Miramar is located in the desert, the natural habitat of several varieties of snakes. Please use caution, and don’t let your children wander though the brush above the pond.

And as for the fish… the Miramar Fish Pond has been stocked with these fish for Catch & Release Only:

Fish Pond Admin Information

Bldg. 2257
PARC:
Mon-Fri 9:00am to 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Sun: Closed
(858) 577-4150
(858) 577-7933 (admin)
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Realistic picture of a largemouth bass

Largemouth Bass

Other names: Black bass, green trout, bigmouth bass, lineside bass Largemouth bass are members of the sunfish family, and are usually green with dark blotches that form a horizontal stripe along the middle of the fish on either side. The underside ranges in color from light green to almost white. The dorsal fin is almost divided, with the anterior portion containing 9 spines and the posterior portion containing 12-13 soft rays. Largemouth bass may be distinguished from other black basses in that the upper jaw reaches far beyond the rear margin of the eye.

The largemouth bass is a very popular gamefish. Anglers who were asked to “name the fish you prefer to catch in freshwater” chose largemouth bass three to one over striped bass, and four to one over white bass. While the Texas state record fish weighed 18.18 pounds, catches in Florida, where it is the State Freshwater Fish, often exceed 20 pounds.

Picture of a channel catfish

Channel Cats

Other names: Willow cat, forked-tail cat, fiddler, spotted cat, lady cat

Channel catfish are easily distinguished from all others cats, except blue catfish, by their deeply forked tail fin. Unlike flathead catfish, the upper jaw projects beyond the lower jaw. Coloration is olive-brown to slate-blue on the back and sides, shading to silvery-white on the belly. Typically, numerous small, black spots are present, but may be obscured in large adults. Channel cats may be captured on a wide variety of baits including liver, worms, grasshoppers, shrimp, chicken, cheese and stinkbait, among others.Channel catfish in excess of 36 pounds have been landed in Texas waters. The North American record stands at 58 pounds.

Picture of a bluegill fish

Bluegill

Other names: Bream, brim, perch, sunfish, sunperch The bluegill occurs in a large variety of habitats including pools, overflow ponds, swamps, and man-made impoundments. They often occur in small loose schools that have up to 20 to 30 individuals in them. They are generally small to medium-sized fish. Bluegill typically weigh about 12 ounces and are about 9.5 inches long. They mainly eat aquatic insects and insect larvae; in addition, they eat smaller fish, crayfish, and snails. Bluegills provide plenty of fight, pound for pound.

Plain garden worms are the favorite bait for bluegills, but they can be caught on a number of different types of lures. The fly fisher can have fun with poppers, especially in spring and early summer, when nests are concentrated in shallow water.