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Date 13-May-16
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Conditions : CHEAT LAKE – As of May 1, the water level in the lake is not permitted to fluctuate more than two feet per day due to hydropower operations. This will ensure that Sunset Marina is available to boaters. The easiest way to fish the lake is along the shoreline to a depth of 10 to 15 feet. Crank baits and tube jigs are good artificial baits while a night crawler or minnow on a hook with a couple of split shot are always productive. Morgan and Rubles embayments at the recreation area are good spots for bank fishermen. These areas will be warmer than the main lake and good for largemouth bass and bluegills all month.

Walleye, sauger, and channel catfish can be caught from the tailwater fishing pier when flows are turned off. Jigs with minnows or 3-inch power grubs are the best baits. White or chartreuse are good colors. The pier is located entirely in West Virginia about 25 minutes from Morgantown. Take U.S. 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.

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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