Weekly Cheat Lake Fishing Report

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CHEAT LAKE – Updated 7/30/17 – Daytime water temperature in the main lake is about 80°F on the surface.  Fishing for most species has been decent, particularly channel catfish.  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.  Cast small rooster-tail spinners for large bluegills and pumpkinseed sunfish in downed trees along the shoreline. The storms of 7/28/17 has caused the lake to be very high, muddy, full of debris and swift.

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CHEAT LAKE – Updated 7-14-14 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 across from the Sunset Beach cove to the I-68 bridge. Channel catfish are doing well and 2 to 3-pounders are abundant throughout the lake but are particularly numerous upstream of Mt. Chateau. Night crawlers on a number 6 hook with a ½-1-ounce egg sinker cast into 15 to 25-feet of water will catch catfish. The best areas for shoreline anglers are the Cheat Lake Park fishing piers and the Ices Ferry Bridge Public Access Site. Cheat Lake has the best channel catfish population in this part of the state.

Try the tailwater fishing pier for sauger, smallmouth bass, walleye and white bass. Jigs with minnows or 3-inch power grubs are the best baits. White or chartreuse are good colors. Start fishing at dark when saugers and walleyes begin feeding. The pier is located entirely in West Virginia about 25 minutes from Morgantown and is lighted for night fishing and is handicapped accessible.

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CHEAT LAKE – Updated 4-1-14 – Ice is off the lake and the winter boat ramp at the Cheat Lake Park is open. Water levels can fluctuate 13 feet until March 30. 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.

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CHEAT LAKE – Updated 1/25/14 – The winter boat ramp at the Cheat Lake Park is now open. Water levels can fluctuate 13 feet until March 30. Channel catfish can be caught at the Cheat Lake Park when ice melts. 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.

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CHEAT LAKE – UPDATED 10/14/13  Yellow perch and sunfish have been readily caught in the I-68 bridge area.  Channel catfish are doing well and 2 to 3-pounders are abundant throughout the lake but concentrated in the river above Mt. Chateau.  Night crawlers or cut bait on a number 6 hook with a ½ to 1-ounce egg sinker cast into 10 to 20 feet of water will catch catfish.  A good walleye stocking in 2010 and 2012 should now be producing 13 to 20-inch fish.  The embayments at the Cheat Lake Park are also good areas for bank fishermen to catch sunfish and largemouth bass.