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Cheat Lake

Rating - Good   

Thursday, Jul 15 2021
Throughout the summer, water levels only fluctuate two feet to enhance recreation. Sunset Marina is the only public motorboat ramp available during the summer months. Anglers can launch carry down watercraft (Jon boats, kayaks, etc.) at the Ices Ferry Bridge access site and at the Cheat Lake Park. Anglers may consider checking the flow of Cheat River at Albright as incoming river flows can influence fishing within the lake. Fishing during the summer months in Cheat Lake can be more challenging, with increasing water temperatures and heavy boat traffic during the day. Anglers can still find success targeting several species within the lake. Due to boat traffic and fish activity patterns, fishing is often more productive in early morning or late evening and in sheltered coves or embayments. Yellow Perch can be caught with success around the I-68 bridge area. A good tactic to find schools of Yellow Perch is to drift fish with live minnows, worms, or jigs at varying water depths. The Walleye population within Cheat Lake is improving, summertime can be challenging. Quality size male Walleyes often remain in the riverine portion of the lake upstream of I-68 throughout the summer. These fish may be easier to target than females that suspend in deeper water within the main lake. Walleye in this lake are not overly abundant but grow fast and large. Anglers can find success targeting Largemouth Bass in the large embayments (Morgans and Rubles Run) and fish will often be located near woody structure. Smallmouth Bass fishing can be good from the I-68 bridge area and upstream in the riverine section. The rocky habitat upstream holds good numbers of Smallmouth Bass. Channel Catfish are also common and can provide great fishing in the summer months. Channel Catfish can be found throughout the lake and caught on a variety of baits including chicken liver, stink baits, worms, and cut bait. White Bass are also common within Cheat Lake. Anglers should watch for schools of White Bass breaking the surface feeding on baitfish. Once the schools are found, jigs, spoons, small crankbaits can be very effective at catching several fish in a short amount of time. Cheat Lake also has excellent sunfish opportunities. Large Pumpkinseed sunfish and Bluegills can be found in coves and other near shore areas. Sunfish will often spawn throughout the summer and anglers can look for sunfish nests to target aggressive fish. Crappie fishing can still be productive in the summer if anglers target downed trees or submerged wood next to deeper water. Small jigs, in-line spinners, and minnows can be very effective for these tasty gamefish. Anglers without a boat have a couple of shoreline fishing opportunities where a variety of species can be caught. Extensive shoreline areas and fishing piers can be found at Cheat Lake Park out Morgans Run Road. This area of the lake provides opportunities for Largemouth Bass, sunfish, White Bass and catfish. The Ices Ferry Bridge fishing access site is also a good shoreline area to catch a variety of species. Anglers may catch Yellow Perch, Walleye, catfish, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. A fishing pier in the tailwater area just below the dam also provides good fishing opportunities for Walleye, Hybrid Striped Bass, and Channel Catfish.




Thursday, Jul 15 2021




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Cheat Lake


Rating - Good

Throughout the summer, water levels only fluctuate two feet to enhance recreation. Sunset Marina is the only public motorboat ramp available during the summer months. Anglers can launch carry down watercraft (Jon boats, kayaks, etc.) at the Ices Ferry Bridge access site and at the Cheat Lake Park. Anglers may consider checking the flow of Cheat River at Albright as incoming river flows can influence fishing within the lake. Fishing during the summer months in Cheat Lake can be more challenging, with increasing water temperatures and heavy boat traffic during the day. Anglers can still find success targeting several species within the lake. Due to boat traffic and fish activity patterns, fishing is often more productive in early morning or late evening and in sheltered coves or embayments. Yellow Perch can be caught with success around the I-68 bridge area. A good tactic to find schools of Yellow Perch is to drift fish with live minnows, worms, or jigs at varying water depths. The Walleye population within Cheat Lake is improving, summertime can be challenging. Quality size male Walleyes often remain in the riverine portion of the lake upstream of I-68 throughout the summer. These fish may be easier to target than females that suspend in deeper water within the main lake. Walleye in this lake are not overly abundant but grow fast and large. Anglers can find success targeting Largemouth Bass in the large embayments (Morgans and Rubles Run) and fish will often be located near woody structure. Smallmouth Bass fishing can be good from the I-68 bridge area and upstream in the riverine section. The rocky habitat upstream holds good numbers of Smallmouth Bass. Channel Catfish are also common and can provide great fishing in the summer months. Channel Catfish can be found throughout the lake and caught on a variety of baits including chicken liver, stink baits, worms, and cut bait. White Bass are also common within Cheat Lake. Anglers should watch for schools of White Bass breaking the surface feeding on baitfish. Once the schools are found, jigs, spoons, small crankbaits can be very effective at catching several fish in a short amount of time. Cheat Lake also has excellent sunfish opportunities. Large Pumpkinseed sunfish and Bluegills can be found in coves and other near shore areas. Sunfish will often spawn throughout the summer and anglers can look for sunfish nests to target aggressive fish. Crappie fishing can still be productive in the summer if anglers target downed trees or submerged wood next to deeper water. Small jigs, in-line spinners, and minnows can be very effective for these tasty gamefish. Anglers without a boat have a couple of shoreline fishing opportunities where a variety of species can be caught. Extensive shoreline areas and fishing piers can be found at Cheat Lake Park out Morgans Run Road. This area of the lake provides opportunities for Largemouth Bass, sunfish, White Bass and catfish. The Ices Ferry Bridge fishing access site is also a good shoreline area to catch a variety of species. Anglers may catch Yellow Perch, Walleye, catfish, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. A fishing pier in the tailwater area just below the dam also provides good fishing opportunities for Walleye, Hybrid Striped Bass, and Channel Catfish.


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