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Date 01-Jul-16
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Conditions : CHEAT LAKE – Water levels do not fluctuate drastically at Cheat Lake since it is not a flood control lake. Due to recent high flows, Cheat Lake has been turbid over the last few days. Cheat Lake is the best lake in northern West Virginia for channel catfish. For catfish, concentrate on the area above the I-68 bridge to the head of the lake. The two embayments by the Cheat Lake Park are good areas to fish for crappie and largemouth bass. The Cheat Lake Park is a convenient place for shoreline anglers.

Reported by: West Virginia D.N.R


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About: - CHEAT LAKE
Cheat Lake, a 1,730-acre lake in Monongalia County, currently contains a good population of fat, eating-sized walleyes, fish that are a result of stockings made a few years ago.

A lake with a history of acid mine drainage contamination, game fish populations have been on the rebound in Cheat Lake for a number of years. First to be noticed was the largemouth bass fishery. The lake is now one of the better largemouth lakes in the state, according to results of bass tournaments held there. Walleyes may soon be stealing some of the limelight.

"Cheat Lake has a lot of walleyes in the 16- to 18-inch range," biologist Hederick reported.

The DNR hopes to establish a self-supporting walleye population in the Cheat. Cheat Lake is near Interstate 68, six miles northeast of Morgantown.


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



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