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Tygart Lake Sponsored by
Date 13-May-16
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Conditions : TYGART LAKE – Anglers should call the Corps of Engineers at 304-265-5953 for daily lake conditions. The lake level is currently almost eight feet above summer pool and falling. Water temperature is about 64 degrees at the surface and 64 degrees at 50 feet. The lake color is milky. Crank baits and tube jigs fished along the shoreline out to 10 to 20 feet depths will be effective throughout the month for smallmouth bass. Fish attractors have been placed near the state park marina, West Hill cove, and just below the Doe Run impoundment dam. Walleye are being caught throughout the lake. The Pleasant Creek boat ramp is closed today due to high water, but all other ramps are open. Several species of fish, such as walleye, yellow perch, drum and stocked trout, are being caught in the tailwater below the dam. Current outflow is greater than 8,000 cfs, which is a very fishable flow.

Reported by: West Virginia D.N.R


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About: - Located in the picturesque West Virginia countryside, Tygart Lake's blue waters and irregular shoreline contrast with the surrounding steep mountain terrain. The steep, wooded mountainsides and the clear inviting waters of the lake attract many visitors to Tygart for a day of relaxation and enjoyment. Located around the lake are several picnic areas, hiking trails, playgrounds, and the State Park's swim beach.

Fishing: Tygart Lake is considered by many to be one of the best bass waters in the area and fishing its deep waters can be a rewarding and exciting experience. In addition to bass, anglers will find abundant walleye, muskie, crappie, perch, and numerous pan fish. All species of fish found in Tygart Lake are sustained through natural reproduction rather than by stocking attesting to the exceptional water quality of the lake. Fishing for rainbow and golden trout, which were introduced into the tailwaters of Tygart Dam, is also popular with many anglers.

Facilities: Those seeking overnight accommodations at Tygart Lake have a choice between lodge or cabin facilities available at the State Park. There are also campgrounds available at the State Park and the Pleasant Creek Public Hunting and Fishing Area for those desiring a more rustic experience during their stay. The City of Grafton also operates a campground located in the vicinity of the dam's outflow area.

  • bass
  • walleye
  • muskie
  • crappie
  • perch
  • panfish

Misc Info: - (2016) A new walleye regulation will take effect beginning January 1, 2016 for Tygart Lake and Tygart River. It consists of a 15-inch minimum length limit and eight walleye per day creel limit.



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