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Date 22-Jan-15
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Conditions : CHEAT LAKE – Cheat Lake is heavily iced near the Ices Ferry bridge. The embayments at the Cheat Lake Park and Trail are a good area for bank anglers. Channel catfish migrate to the deepest area of the lake near the dam during the winter. Try the fishing piers near the winter boat for channel catfish in about 50 foot of water during the winter when that part of the lake is not frozen. The tailwater fishing pier can be very good for walleye and sauger. The pier is located entirely in West Virginia about 25 minutes from Morgantown, but you have to drive from, and park in, Pennsylvania to get there. Take U.S. Rt. 119 from Morgantown to Point Marion, PA. Turn right after crossing the Cheat River and proceed 4 miles to Cheat Dam.

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.


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