Virginia Lakes Fish Report for 9-25-2022
Virginia Lakes Fishing Report
Virginia Lakes - Bridgeport, CA (Mono County)
by Carolyn Webb
Still catching the trout contracted by DFW to Desert Springs to stock the Eastern Sierra, and they are great fish, good looking, and good eating.
BAIT: Powerbait is the "go-to" for this past week with worms and micetails in the second spot, then pinched crawlers.
LURES: Same lures are still holding the number one spot: Red/gold Buoyant , small gold Kastmaster, Gold Super Duper 501, O gold Mepps, also Panther Martin's, and the re-make of the Hot Shot. Jigs and trout teasers are also pulling in some nice size trout.
FLY AND BUBBLE: This set-up was big last week as it warmed up but emergers might do better so try X-Caddis, trimmed wing Elk Hair Caddis (I call my naked caddis). Go on-line and Google emerger fly patterns. Adams Parachute, mosquito #16-18, black gnat para #14-26, Griffith's Gnat, or any small dark flies. Also try a dry fly that is the color of dirt as I just saw a bunch of hoppers the same color as dirt and the black birds are chasing them around the parking lot. Pretty funny. Wow, spider trails just appeared this afternoon, so bring a bunch of soft hackles and tie 'em on and have some fun. Woohoo!
FLY RODS: Streamers, Woolly's, Matuka's and stay with dark colors or flash olive's, hoppers, prince nymph, and emergers. Great hatches the last few days, dark mayflies (duns), with midges overwhelming the hatch. Also try the X-Caddis without a dropper, even some BH black woolly buggers, and crystal flashy buggers. Bring it all. Tie it on and you'll probably do well. You will have a problem catching so patience is probably something you need to put in your tackle bag. THE WATER IS TOO WARM, try Big Virginia and fish deep.
BACKCOUNTRY: Blue and Cooney have been producing on small dry flies like mosquitoes, Griffith's gnats, and para-Adams. Most are using fly and bubble or worms. Barbless hooks are recommended to protect the resource since these lakes have not been air stocked in some time. Please help the resource by limiting your kill to what you can eat. Try using Owner Mosquito hooks for easy release
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.
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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