Virginia Lake Fish Report

Virginia Lakes - Bridgeport, CA (Mono County)

by Carolyn Webb

Fall has finally arrived with a wind driving the aspens to the ground and a dusting of snow through our canyon but nothing has stuck so far, only dipping temperatures with increased catching and total confusion for the trout as to what is happening topside. Trout love this type of weather and the extreme changes in temperature. The lake will turn over for the 2nd time this year in the next 4 or 5 days and fishing/catching will drastically improve. Didn't get this posted last Saturday, and things have changed again. Extreme wind arrived on Friday night through all day Saturday will the great possibility of snow by Sunday.

Fishing did improve for those that suffered the wind and cold air and a few nice Alpers were taken. Michelle Dude of Foster City caught a nice 2lb 8oz Alpers and also a 10-12lb brown on a fly (released), it took her 26 minutes to land it and she measured its length, width and gill to nose, and it took her another 30 minutes to fully revive it for release. She never removed it from the water. Tim Healey of Newport Beach caught a 3lb Alpers on a red/gold Buoyant out of Big Virginia.

Top bait for the week was Garlic power bait, salmon peach, night crawlers, crickets (not frozen) and any natural bait you can find locally. Lures were Red/Gold buoyant, silver/blue Kastmaster, Lip Ripperz Amazon or Tutifruti, and small Blue fox silver. Flies for the week were black woolly buggers, black Doc's Twin Lakes Specials, Zug Bugs, midges, blue winged olive parachute, Cahill Light, Hendrickson Light, but with the reversal in weather this will change in the next 3 days.

Snow is eminent by Sunday night, so be prepared for everything up here, drive safe and see you on the water....carolyn

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