FISHING VIRGINIA LAKES CANYON
Lakes Canyon has ten crystal alpine lakes, most containing native
brook and brown trout along with air stocked rainbows. Click
here for 3-D TOPO
Little Virginia, Big Virginia and Trumbull Lakes are stocked weekly
with rainbows, and also have brook and brown trout. Moat Lake has
brookies and is the only lake in the drainage that has a few remaining
There are no special fishing regulations for the area. Limit is
five trout per day. Be sure and read the regulations regarding
the possession of trout in order to avoid getting a ticket for
There are several methods used for bait fishing, power bait, eggs,
and worms. Each type of bait can be fished in the same way by using
a small ¼ oz. sliding egg sinker behind a swivel and 18-24" or
three-pound leader with a small treble hook, single egg hook or
single bait hook. Of course, there are other methods that work
well, so be sure and stop in at the Lodge and ask which method
is working the best.
Fly fishing is also extremely popular in the area along with the
use of float tubes. The hatches at higher elevations are typical
to the lower elevations, but are either longer or shorter in duration,
which can be an advantage. Various fly lines used are floating,
sinking, sink-tip, etc.
NOTE: We are requesting that fly fishermen NOT use
fluorocarbon tippets in these waters, as they do not break down
like monofilament. The possible fewer fish that you catch cannot
outweigh the detriment of discarded fluorocarbon material. Your
cooperation would be greatly appreciated.
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Lures are another popular method for attracting trout. Fishing
deeper lakes with lures will benefit the fisherman's wallet as
the weeds are near the edges of most lakes, and will lighten
your tackle box. Most lures should weigh at least 1/6 oz. to ¼ oz.
and no more. Certain lures work better early, mid-summer and
then in the fall, and they are never consistent.
When fishing back country lakes with lures, it is recommended that
two of the hooks be removed and the last pinched down, if you are
practicing catch and release.
catch and release methods should be used if you plan to
release trout click here
If you wish to fish other areas, please stop in and talk to someone
in the Lodge, as we have fished most of the drainages from Bishop
to Highway 88 in Nevada and can answer your questions or send you
to someone who can.