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Date 12-Sep-16
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Conditions : CHEAT LAKE – oreline anglers have very good access to the lake from the Cheat Lake Park and the Ices Ferry fishing areas. Cheat Lake has an excellent channel catfish population and anglers can be successful concentrating from the Ices Ferry area upstream to the head of the lake. Cheat Lake has a good largemouth bass population and an improving smallmouth bass population. Bass that are deeper and inactive through the warm afternoons may sometimes move to cover in shallow water during the evenings to feed.

Excellent walleye fishing has been reported in the tailwater just below the dam. 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 4 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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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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