Virginia Lakes Fishing Report

Virginia Lakes - Bridgeport, CA (Mono County)

Kassidy ONeal age 5 Oak Hills 3lb10 tag 382 on a fly 6/18 Little V

by Carolyn Webb

Starting temperature was warmer this week and high clouds over the area, could be from fires elsewhere, it has tried to rain a couple times this past week, but only sprinkles so far. Lots of high thin clouds all week.
The stock truck arrived last Thursday, the 10th, BFEF and DFW, and they are just adjusting their feeding positions due to the amount of fish that are now vying for the best spots. Fishing has been spectacular for 3 full days since the truck from American Rivers brought
Starting temperature was warm all week. Yes, on mosquitoes so pack bug junk for the trip.

The stock truck arrived with 1200 pounds from DFW and BFEF trophy fish for both lakes. Woohoo!

Hot Creek Fish Hatchery Stocking

CDFW News is pleased to announce that Hot Creek Hatchery is resuming the stocking of trout for recreational angling opportunities. The hatchery was recently placed under a temporary quarantine because of the discovery of a single fish infected with Lactococcus garvieae, the bacterial strain that led to closures of three other Southern California hatcheries last year. The fish carrying the bacteria was not diseased. Following the discovery, CDFW pathologists tested over 780 fish in the hatchery raceways and did not find any other fish carrying the bacteria. This pathogen can result in significant losses of fish within a hatchery. CDFW is pleased that it was found in no other fish. Since last year, CDFW has gained much additional information about this new pathogen and developed strategies partnering with the UC Davis Aquatic Animal Health lab to contain its spread. That work included using two new vaccines to protect fish from contracting this pathogen. Since the pathogen was discovered in just a single fish at Hot Creek Hatchery, CDFW was able to effectively monitor and contain its prevalence at the hatchery. Hot Creek Hatchery annually stocks around 600,000 trout per year across eight different waters in Inyo and Mono counties. Additional background information on this fish pathogen can be found online at
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
PO Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-0209

BAIT: Worms, salmon eggs, power worms, powerbait, micetails and pinched crawlers.

LURES: Red/gold Buoyant, Yellow/red dots Panther Martin, silver/blue Kastmaster, black yellow dots Panther Martin.

FLY AND BUBBLE: Not much action there, but up above it's better.

FLY RODS: Streamers, damsels, emergers and tiny-tiny black gnats. Rickard's

BACKCOUNTRY: fly & bubble or fly rod with tiny midges, black gnats. Small Super Dupers, "O" gold Mepps. Fly rodders are doing ok in the upper lakes with small gnats and C&R.

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.

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