Map of Virginia Lake
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The late Roger Teglia convinced the Washoe
County Commissioners, along with raising some money on his own, to purchase the
land where Virginia Lake now sits. With
the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Virginia Lake was created in 1937
specifically for fishing. Water enters
the lake via Cochran Ditch and exits through a screened, submerged storm drain. From here, water drains into Boynton Slough,
then Steamboat Ditch, and eventually the Truckee River. The pond sits within Virginia Lake Park,
which is managed by the City of Reno. Fish
stocking by the Nevada Department of Wildlife probably started from its
inception, but since 1951, rainbow trout have been the primary species stocked.
Virginia Lake is 12 feet deep when full and covers
24.5 surface acres. The game fish stocked
routinely in the lake include rainbow trout, brown trout, and bowcutt trout
(rainbow x cutthroat hybrid). Channel
catfish, largemouth bass, and black crappie also exist. If you like to fish for carp, this lake has
some big ones. Cormorants congregate at
the lake and feed heavily on trout, which must be stocked late in the year to
reduce predation. Bait fishing for trout has been best using
nightcrawlers or Power Bait, but throwing small spinners or spoons also
produces fish. On occasion, large
channel catfish have been caught using chicken livers or nightcrawlers.
No boats or float tubes are allowed on the lake.
From US 395, exit onto Plumb Lane and turn west, continue on past Virginia Street and turn south on Lakeside Drive.