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Date 19-Jan-17
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Conditions : CHEAT LAKE – When Cheat River flows increase coming into the lake, fish tend to move upstream to the head of the lake. Boaters need to use the winter boat ramp located at the recreational park near the dam. The fishing piers at Cheat Lake Park provide very nice fishing areas for shoreline anglers. Channel catfish can be caught in this area all winter long in about 50 feet of water with nightcrawlers or cut bait. Yellow perch have been reported being caught at the Ices Ferry fishing access site using simple rigs such as pieces of night crawler under half ounce sinkers.

Anglers have reported very good catches of walleye in the tailwater below Cheat Lake dam. The pier is located entirely in West Virginia about 25 minutes from Morgantown. Take US Rt. 119 from Morgantown to Point Marion, PA, turn right after crossing the Cheat River and proceed four miles to Cheat Dam. The parking lot is in Pennsylvania but the entire pier is in West Virginia. The pier is lighted for night fishing and is handicapped accessible. Eight walleye per day that are 15 inches or longer may be kept. All walleye under 15 inches mush be returned to the water at once.

Reported by: West Virginia D.N.R

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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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