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

The return of the cool nights was just in time. Many of our community ponds have seen at least a round or two of fish so far this fall. Most of the ponds are fishing very well except for the Verdi and Davis Creek ponds. The Sparks Marina has fished well through the late summer and continues to kick out a bigger fish here and for both boat fisherman and from the southern fishing pier. Many of the rural ponds including Liberty, Mountain View, and Kinney are still fishing well and have been stocked in the last few weeks.

Vegetation is still an issue at many of the ponds making the bobber key. Small light leaders and small hooks baited with salmon eggs are pretty hard to beat until it gets really cold. The small warmwater species in most of the northern ponds have shut down with the season change. The trout have become much more active with the cold, some have been eager to hunt down small spinners. Fly fisherman using small ants or beetle patterns early and late have continued to do well.


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.