Virginia Lakes Fishing Report

Virginia Lakes - Bridgeport, CA (Mono County)

Seon Lee Fontana 4lb6 tag 1126 powerworm 2lb3 7-10 LV with Diego Velasquez Downey 3lb8 7-20 crawler LV

by Carolyn Webb

Weather Report from Local Mammoth Forecaster
It seems this has just terminated the cool weather for awhile. "The longer-range outlook has what looks to be a major heat wave for California by the weekend following July 4th. Local weather forecaster Howard Sheckter said "the America model shows a pattern that will import a ton of monsoon moisture for a very humid heat wave for Southern California and thus a higher possibility of thunderstorms for the high country later next week. The European models show a dryer and hotter pattern than the American models; we are talking the upper 80s to near 90 degrees in Mammoth, should the European model work out. This heat event began on the 7th and goes through about July 14," he said. "Incidentally, this is the climatological hottest period of the year with the 10th of July being Bishop's hottest day on record, with a temperature of 110 degrees set back in 2002.

BAIT: Garlic Powerbait with trout dip, worms, then, micetails and pinched crawlers but worms were holding their own.

LURES: Red/gold Buoyant, rainbow Buoyant 1/6th, small 1/8th gold KastmasterCT Kastmaster, 'lil Jake, black yellow dots Panther Martin, Silver Super Duper 501, small gold spoons and Taz Devil.

FLY AND BUBBLE: Green body mosquitoes, olive elk hair caddis, Black gnat red tail, Griffith's Gnat, Adams female, grey hackle yellow, and grey hackle peacock.

FLY RODS: Streamers, blue adult damsels , , prince nymph, and emergers. A couple hatches the last few days, dark mayflies (duns), blue damsels, with Thursday's midges overwhelming the area. June bugs are out and hissing. 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.

BACKCOUNTRY: Lot of flies hitting at Cooney and Frogs but all very small. Bring Repellent, mosquitoes are merciless and drilling deep. Take standard dries and pinch your barbs and let 'em live to hit another fly. Blue is also doing good at the inlet and along the corner toward the trail. Small mosquitoes, black gnat/red tail, Adams parachute and Griffith's Gnat, all size 16 or 18.

NOTE: 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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