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Date 27-Apr-17
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Conditions : CHEAT LAKE – White bass schools can be seen breaking the surface throughout the lake. Cast crank baits, spoons, or jigs for fast action. The easiest way to fish the lake for all species is drifting along the shoreline with a night crawler or minnow on a hook with a couple of split shot at a depth of 10 to 15 feet. Cast small rooster-tail spinners for large bluegills and pumpkinseed sunfish in downed trees along the shoreline. Channel catfish can be caught throughout the lake but are particularly numerous upstream of Mt. Chateau. The embayments at the Cheat Lake Park are good areas for bank fishermen to catch sunfish and largemouth bass.

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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