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Date 04-Apr-14
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Conditions : CHEAT LAKE – The winter boat ramp at the Cheat Lake Park is open May 1. Water levels can now fluctuate only 7 feet until May 1. Walleye and yellow perch should still be nearly finished spawning. Radio telemetry tracking of walleye shows they are concentrated in the lake upstream of Sunset Beach and move up the lake during high flows. Canoeists can launch at the Ices Ferry Bridge Public Access Site and fish for yellow perch around the bridges.

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.


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