Virginia Lakes Resort Fishing Report

Virginia Lakes - Bridgeport, CA (Mono County)

Andrew Bourne of Scottsdale 6lb on a green woolly bugger Aug 16, LV
Photo Credit: Virginia Lake Resort

by Carolyn Webb

Weather: - (7am Temp First light/Last light)
Sunday 47º 5:42/8:13 Clear and calm am, light breeze around 1pm then wind kicked up around 3pm to around 4:30pm Monday 43º  5:32/8:12 Clear and calm am, slight haze from Western side fire Tuesday 45º 5:44/8:10 Clear, calm with a light breeze and a few gusts by 1pm Wednesday 46º 5:44/8:09 Clear early, building billowy white clouds moving in blocking the sun and cooling the water surface total cloud cover with light rain and wind Thursday 49º 5:45/8:08 Clear early, clouds building, sky entirely dark grey but no moisture, rained about 5 miles east as you could see the lacy clouds relieving the pressure  Friday 48º 5:46/8:06 Mostly clear with slight haze, smelled like rain and clouds moved in and totally dark by 2:30pm, sprinkled at Conway Summit, wind picked up around 5:30pm and rained at 5:40pm, finally, but it only lasted for about 10 minutes.. Saturday 47º 5:48/8:03  Clear and calm with clouds moving in around 1pm with 20% chance of rain The week was warmer with more and more small patches of aspens going to yellow. CalTrans is still repairing the remainder of the rock fall project that started last summer. Chain link fencing is almost installed above the barriers and hopefully it will be done before the fall color change so the Mono Lake Committee doesn't request another POSTPONEMENT.
The stock truck arrived Monday with 500 pounds including trophies. Trumble and Big Virginia also got stocked including trophies.

BAIT: Night crawlers have dominated the number one spot this summer so far. Orange glitter and pink mice tails, pink powerworm, pink glitter powerbait, yellow glitter garlic powerbait, and salmon peach are also taking a lot of trout. Salmon eggs on size 14-16 red egg hooks are also doing well. For the best action on a mice tail use the new light wire hooks by Owner called Mosquito hooks and be sure and ask how to hook the mice tails for the best results.

LURES: The best action was on red/gold Buoyant's, gold Super Duper's 501, small gold Kastmasters and small copper Buoyant's, Small gold spoons, small copper spoons, trout trap grasshopper, and Panther Martin yellow/red dots. Always try all your favorite hardware until the fish find the "action" they are looking for. Remember to use the lure properly by adding the right swivel for the best action. Not much change here.

FLY AND BUBBLE: Lots of dry fly action when the surface warms and caddis are everywhere so try a Hemmingway Caddis, and a tent-wing caddis, green body California Mosquito and Grey Hackle yellow size 14, damsels, hoppers and black ants. Also try some Black Gnat parachute #14, Cowdung #14, and Adams Female #14.

Best action is ALWAYS when their is a chop on the water which is usually late afternoon to legal limit at night.

FLY RODS: Olive woolly bugger (Dirty Doc,) Virginia Lakes special, fluorescent dragon flies (3 inches long), poxy-back Callibaetis, black woolly buggers, olive Hornberg's, Hemmingway Caddis, Tent-wing Caddis, Black Gnat parachute size 14 and skinny stillwater nymphs. If you tie flies use less material than normal for high elevation waters don't quite understand why they work better maybe it's the Lasik surgery that makes the flies look better.

BACKCOUNTRY: Surface hatches are still fairly good so try some dry flies with a bubble or fly rod on small gnats, mosquitoes, black ants, hoppers, and Hemmingway Caddis sizes 16-18. Fly size will change as the weather cools so start using larger hooks. Lure angler action has been good on small gold Super Duper's, gold Mepps size O, and very small gold spoons. Early morning and early evening are the best times for any action. This is pretty consistent for the canyon. Come and ask me what's hot.

Please keep only what you can eat, it is a valuable resource. Also, If the trout bleeds, it's yours, PLEASE don't toss it back into the lake as it will die. If you care about the resource please be careful when releasing fish back into the lake. Also, IT ATTRACKS BEARS!

Virginia Lakes Resort is located near the top of Conway Summit between Mono Lake and Bridgeport, CA. We have everything you need to enjoy the Eastern Sierra. Check out our WEBSITE.

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