Virginia Lakes Fishing Report

Virginia Lakes - Bridgeport, CA (Mono County)

Xia and Steve Smith San Felipe Mexico 5lb4, 6lb4 Yellow powerbait 9-3 Little V
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Virginia Lakes Resort

by Carolyn Webb

Low pressure over N. California will also bring a slight chance of thunderstorms to Mammoth on Saturday. Those “cool” temps wouldn’t last long, by Monday temperatures are on the rise again, as high pressure re-strengthens. So upper 90s by Tuesday / Wednesday in the Owens Valley…DMATT

BAIT: Crawlers and mice tails. Green garlic powerbait is catching a lot of trophy's along with Salmon Peach and definitely Corn. Hoppers are moving up the elevation scale and the baby boy hopper is everywhere. Good for fly anglers. Chartreuse glitter powerbait, and powerworms in red which are back-ordered to September. The only thing that's bringing up the hawgs from the depths especially in this warmer water is inflated crawlers. 

LURES: Red/gold and rainbow Buoyant's small size, Kastmasters, Super Duper's, Tasmanian Devils, Lip Ripperz the new Hot Shot bleeding frog and Rainbow (Hot Fire Wobblers). Also, bring along all your older lures you never know when one still works.

FLY AND BUBBLE: Action has been sporadic over this past week due to the added pressure of the anglers trying to get away from the smoke, but Lower Twin Lakes got stocked by DFW last Thursday morning as was stated on Facebook. Flies to try are small Griffith's Gnats, Black elk hair caddis, small black foam ant or a furry ant, Zug Bug, Grey Hackle Yellow and trim the tail even with the bend of the hook and Black Gnat white parachute. Best dry fly for the week is the Black Gnat red tail.

FLY RODS: Bring more midges and nymphs -  all stages. With a change in weather expected again and rain due starting Sunday the 24th but we have to wait and see if things change up again. Use dry flies when there's a chop on the water. Try the usual Hornberg, rainbow Hornberg, Loeberg (olive) without dropper. Dries would be black elk hair caddis, size 16 to 18 mosquitoes, small foam ants (byo). Normal rigs are set up with a streamer and midge dropper under a full sink line, but if you find a better method use it.

BACKCOUNTRY: Action has been slow, with a couple changes so go smaller darker and stay at 2lb camo-leader or very limp leader with your bubble. Some fish are coming up with worms, small lures and powerbait. I urge everyone to be careful with your catch if you do NOT intend to eat them especially with the current problems in our local hatcheries as stocking will not be under normal circumstances.

NOTE: If the trout bleeds don’t throw it back into the lake, it will die and IT ATTRACKS BEARS. If you care about the resource please be careful when releasing fish back into the water.

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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