Virginia Lake

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.

Type of water
Lake or Reservoir
Fishing Report

Our urban ponds are just starting to shift into summer mode with the coming heat. Some of the warmer ponds will start to see the stocking slow or stop for the season. Wilson Commons, Mitch Park Pond Virginia Lake, and the Verdi Ponds all hold warmwater species that can be fun to target when trout fishing slows. Stocking will continue at some of the cooler ponds including The Sparks Marina, Marilyn’s Pond and Baily Pond. The best method for summer is definitely a salmon egg under a bobber on light line. Many of the ponds have vegetation that takes hold of the bottom making fishing deep a real challenge. Small spinner can also be effective when the water is cool early and late in the day. Fly fishing with small terrestrial dry flies or peacock body nymphs should work well into summer.


Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Date Stocked Year to Date

Pertinent Information

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, and if you like to fish for carp, this lake has some big ones. The state record carp came from Virginia Lake in 2020. 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.