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Date 09-Jun-16
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Conditions : CHEAT LAKE – Sunset Marina is available to boaters. 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. Large pumpkinseed sunfish are abundant in Cheat Lake along the shoreline and downed trees using simple techniques such as small crappie jigs or small pieces of night crawler fished under a bobber or with a split shot. Cheat Lake has an excellent channel catfish population and can be caught with cut bait, night crawlers, chicken livers, or stink baits.

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 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. A new walleye regulation took effect beginning January 1, 2016 for Cheat River and Cheat Lake: 15-inch minimum length limit and eight walleye per day creel limit.

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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