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Mount Storm Lake

Rating - Good   

Wednesday, May 15 2019
Mount Storm Lake is known as a good Black Bass (Smallmouth and Largemouth) and large Striped Bass lake, as well as Walleye. It is important to know that Mount Storm Lake receives warm exit water from a coal-fired power plant, frequently allowing lake water to be much warmer. This can play to your advantage, as all fish species are much more active throughout the winter and become more aggressive earlier in the spring. Shad and other minnow patterns work well for these species. Considering the schooling behavior of shad in this lake, umbrella lures (those that mimic several baitfish in a group) would work quite well for any of the above species. Crankbaits and swim baits that mimic wounded baitfish are excellent bait choices. Consider the use of live or natural bait for finicky fish. Largemouth Bass will be found along shorelines that are laden with fallen trees, WV DNR supplemented Christmas trees, beaver dams, and aquatic vegetation. Particularly, these habitats are found more commonly upstream into the creek arms of the lake. Smallmouth Bass are more common in habitats where large rock outcrops are common, although they too will sometimes be associated with vegetation and wood that attracts forage fish. The dam wall and creek channels upstream provide complex rocky habitats for Smallmouth Bass. A medium to heavy action would work well. If you target Striped Bass in this lake, it helps to have a boat to get to open water, as well as oversized fishing gear compared to what you would use for bass fishing. Striped Bass do not appear to aggregate seasonally, but seem to stay deep where the coolest, heavier water remains. Stripers have been caught exceeding 35 in this lake! Walleye can also be caught with trolling techniques, using jerk baits, crank baits, and inline spinners rigged with natural baits like nightcrawlers or minnows. Walleye will congregate along drop-offs of submerged rocky ridges and the submerged creek bed of the Stony River arm of the lake during spring. Channel Catfish are numerous and stunted: the harvest of Channel Catfish is suggested there to improve the population. They can be caught during all seasons using baits such as chicken liver, cut bait, and stink baits. The only public boat ramp for this lake is located right off of Route 29. It is certainly ideal to fish Mount Storm Lake with a boat, as very little shoreline access is available for public use.




Wednesday, May 15 2019



Mount Storm Lake

Rating - Good

Mount Storm Lake is known as a good Black Bass (Smallmouth and Largemouth) and large Striped Bass lake, as well as Walleye. It is important to know that Mount Storm Lake receives warm exit water from a coal-fired power plant, frequently allowing lake water to be much warmer. This can play to your advantage, as all fish species are much more active throughout the winter and become more aggressive earlier in the spring. Shad and other minnow patterns work well for these species. Considering the schooling behavior of shad in this lake, umbrella lures (those that mimic several baitfish in a group) would work quite well for any of the above species. Crankbaits and swim baits that mimic wounded baitfish are excellent bait choices. Consider the use of live or natural bait for finicky fish. Largemouth Bass will be found along shorelines that are laden with fallen trees, WV DNR supplemented Christmas trees, beaver dams, and aquatic vegetation. Particularly, these habitats are found more commonly upstream into the creek arms of the lake. Smallmouth Bass are more common in habitats where large rock outcrops are common, although they too will sometimes be associated with vegetation and wood that attracts forage fish. The dam wall and creek channels upstream provide complex rocky habitats for Smallmouth Bass. A medium to heavy action would work well. If you target Striped Bass in this lake, it helps to have a boat to get to open water, as well as oversized fishing gear compared to what you would use for bass fishing. Striped Bass do not appear to aggregate seasonally, but seem to stay deep where the coolest, heavier water remains. Stripers have been caught exceeding 35 in this lake! Walleye can also be caught with trolling techniques, using jerk baits, crank baits, and inline spinners rigged with natural baits like nightcrawlers or minnows. Walleye will congregate along drop-offs of submerged rocky ridges and the submerged creek bed of the Stony River arm of the lake during spring. Channel Catfish are numerous and stunted: the harvest of Channel Catfish is suggested there to improve the population. They can be caught during all seasons using baits such as chicken liver, cut bait, and stink baits. The only public boat ramp for this lake is located right off of Route 29. It is certainly ideal to fish Mount Storm Lake with a boat, as very little shoreline access is available for public use.


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