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Bluestone Lake Sponsored by
Date 22-Feb-19
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Conditions : BLUESTONE – During winter, anglers should fish slowly and methodically. Fish will still feed but have a slower metabolism as the water cools. A few bass are being caught off rocky points and where deep water is adjacent to shallow water. Anglers should look for points that have some cover such as stumps, logs, or ledges. Bass will be moving with the bait fish as the water warms and cools. Key in on those spots holding bait fish and game fish will be nearby. Some hybrid striped bass and striped bass may be caught using trolling technics. Anglers should try spots such as at the mouth of the Bluestone Arm or near the dam. With any warm, stable weather, fish may become more active. A few anglers are catching some smallmouth bass in the tailwaters. Successful anglers are using one-eighth ounce jigs, jerk baits, and swim jigs. Anglers should be careful wading this time of year due to the cold water and slippery conditions. Wear your personal flotation devices. For Bluestone Lake conditions call 304-466-0156.

Reported by: West Virginia D.N.R

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About: - Bluestone Dam spans the New River, forming Bluestone Lake, the third largest lake in West Virginia. With a 2,040 acre surface area, and provides fishermen with great opportunities. The lake provides excellent fishing for bluegill, large and smallmouth bass, hybrid bass, striped bass, crappie and catfish. Two boat ramps are available and boats and canoes may be rented at the marina.

The State of West Virginia operates Bluestone State Park with cabin rentals, picnicking and camping facilities. Camping opportunities are also available at the state's Bluestone Lake Wildlife Management Area.

Directions: Easily accessible from I-77 and I-64 Bluestone Lake is located at Hinton, WV, on WV 3 and 20.

  • bluegill
  • large smallmouth bass
  • hybrid bass
  • striped bass
  • crappie
  • catfish

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