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Mon River

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Tuesday, Dec 01 2020
The dams on the river provide good shoreline fishing access. Morgantown tailwater provides the best angler access on West Virginia portion of Monongahela River, but good fishing can also be had at the Hildebrand and Opekiska tailwaters. In fall, these fish tend to gather in the tailwater areas below dams, at the heads of islands, tributary mouths, and warmwater discharges, especially as water temperatures decrease. Eddies and back-current areas in tailwaters are especially good places. Chasing Hybrid Striped Bass and White Bass with topwater lures that mimic baitfish can be very productive. Walleye and Sauger are found at the mouths of tributaries and some main channel shorelines covered in riprap. Depending on swiftness of the current, 1/8 and 3/8 oz jigs tipped with minnows fished near the bottom in these areas, especially in low-light conditions, can be very productive for Walleye and Sauger. You may want to use plastic swimbaits up to four or five inches or large crankbaits for targeting larger fish. Channel Catfish fishing can be had almost anywhere on Monongahela River. Areas to target Catfish are deep pools at tributary mouths or outside bends and tailwater areas below dams. Channel Catfish can be readily caught on stink bait, cut bait, night crawlers, and chicken liver. Monongahela rivers, target largemouth bass in areas of remaining vegetation along the shoreline, near brush piles or in tributary backwaters. Muskellunge are common on Monongahela River and you can successfully catch these toothy fish as the temperature drops in the fall months. By casting and trolling large crank baits purchased from Sportsman's Warehouse in Morgantown.




Tuesday, Dec 01 2020



Mon River


Rating - Good

The dams on the river provide good shoreline fishing access. Morgantown tailwater provides the best angler access on West Virginia portion of Monongahela River, but good fishing can also be had at the Hildebrand and Opekiska tailwaters. In fall, these fish tend to gather in the tailwater areas below dams, at the heads of islands, tributary mouths, and warmwater discharges, especially as water temperatures decrease. Eddies and back-current areas in tailwaters are especially good places. Chasing Hybrid Striped Bass and White Bass with topwater lures that mimic baitfish can be very productive. Walleye and Sauger are found at the mouths of tributaries and some main channel shorelines covered in riprap. Depending on swiftness of the current, 1/8 and 3/8 oz jigs tipped with minnows fished near the bottom in these areas, especially in low-light conditions, can be very productive for Walleye and Sauger. You may want to use plastic swimbaits up to four or five inches or large crankbaits for targeting larger fish. Channel Catfish fishing can be had almost anywhere on Monongahela River. Areas to target Catfish are deep pools at tributary mouths or outside bends and tailwater areas below dams. Channel Catfish can be readily caught on stink bait, cut bait, night crawlers, and chicken liver. Monongahela rivers, target largemouth bass in areas of remaining vegetation along the shoreline, near brush piles or in tributary backwaters. Muskellunge are common on Monongahela River and you can successfully catch these toothy fish as the temperature drops in the fall months. By casting and trolling large crank baits purchased from Sportsman's Warehouse in Morgantown.


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