Virginia Lakes Fishing Report

Virginia Lakes - Bridgeport, CA (Mono County)

Mike Brown Lancaster 4lb10 tag 1100 Rainbow powerbait Aug 19 LV
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Virginia Lakes Fishing Report

by Carolyn Webb

We got another load of biggies from Summer's Lake today along with Big V, and Trumbull got a nice load too.

Sunday started with fire smoke but cleared for a few hours and partly on Monday due to the wind but Tuesday the wind continued and kept it fairly clear until later that night. No mosquito repellent as they have moved on for the summer. Fishing has improved due to the temperature at night the last few days and 12 hours of cooler night time temps will kick up the action.  Action should pick up tomorrow through the weekend with the cool evenings.

Trumbull (Trumble) was not stocked all year probably due to the YEAR-ROUND fishing 5/10 limit. This is NOT a good thing. I urge anyone that disagrees with this new regulation to submit their objection to the CA Fish and Game Commission as soon as possible. Go to their web-site and download the form, fill it out and mail to them, or phone them. Explain your reasons in detail so they understand it's been part of your family tradition for "blank number of years" and the fishing has always been good due to the fact that DFW has stocked regularly.


The weather here in the Bridgeport area has warmed up quite a bit the last couple days which has caused Bridgeport Reservoir and the East Walker to also warm up, I think we’ve reached the point now where it’s going to be best to stay off the river for the time being, for the health of the river and of course the fish. The long range forecast looks like it’s only going to get hotter, with only a very slight chance of any thunder storms in the near future which doesn’t bode well for the water temperatures. We will keep monitoring the conditions on the river and let you know when it gets safe for the fish, this may take 6 to 8 weeks if the weather doesn’t change before then, but for the time being we are going to advise our clients to find cooler streams to fish and let the East have a rest.

BAIT: Top spot for the week is pink mice tails, yellow powerbait, chartreuse and garlic rainbow glitter powerbait. Night crawlers are still a good bet, then power worms, and pinched crawlers. Just bring everything, you can make up your own combination

LURES:. Red/gold Buoyant q/6 oz., red/gold Kastmaster 1/6, Bleeding Frog Taz Devil's, bleeding frog Buoyant, 1/6 Copper Buoyant. Floating Rapala's, mini jigs, and bring your favorite lure whatever it is and fling it.

FLY AND BUBBLE: Try the same stuff - Green body mosquitoes and Black Gnat/red tail, Grey Hackle Yellow, Griffith's Gnat, Prince nymph, black gnat parachute, Adams female, and grey hackle peacock red tail.

FLY RODS: Again, not much change from last week using streamers, midges, large black fuzzy ants, hoppers, prince nymphs, and emergers on intermediate sink tip. Try a 2 fly rig - Olive Doc's Twin Lake Special with a dropper (Prince, Zug bug or pheasant tail). Still some hatches going off, dark mayflies (duns) and lots of midges still. June bugs are still here. Also try the X-Caddis without a dropper, even some flash tri-color buggers, and crystal flashes. Bring it all, close your eyes and pick something. Tie it on and you'll probably do well. You will not have a problem catching, although it may be small, it's a trout, and it's a heck of a lot of fun. Water is very warm so go deeper.

BACKCOUNTRY: Not many reports other than what is standard for the front country lakes, but try and use a fly/bubble combo to keep the fish healthy if you do not plan to keep any. Pinching down your barbs would also help the resource if you plan to practice catch-and-release.

NOTE: Please learn how to release trout without harming them if you plan to go for larger fish. All fish need careful handling. Do NOT use rags, drag along the shore or touch their gills! If the trout bleeds don’t throw it back into the lake, it will die. If you care about the resource please be careful when releasing fish back into the water and IT ATTRACKS BEARS.

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