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Tygart Lake

Rating - Good   

Friday, Jan 15 2021
The winter drawdown is 60 feet below summer pool. Boat access is provided at the Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area launch during the winter. This is a steep ramp and caution needs to be used during the winter months in freezing temperatures. A second winter ramp is to be completed this winter at Tygart Lake State Park that will provide easier boating access. During winter, the reduced water volume in the lake condenses fish, making it easier for anglers to find them in this very steep sided, rocky reservoir. Tygart Lake has an excellent reproducing Walleye population with most being pan-sized. During winter, Walleye are scattered throughout the lake, but anglers should concentrate on rocky points during the day and in shallow water during low-light periods where Walleye will be chasing abundant Emerald Shiners. As winter progresses, many Walleye will move towards the head of Tygart Lake where they will spawn typically in mid-March to mid-April, depending on water temperatures and flow. Wintertime is a great period for anglers to walk the shoreline at low-light periods casting shiner imitations to catch walleye moving into the shallows to feed. A boat ramp is available in the tailwater, and anglers can use the shoreline also. The shoreline provides access but can be difficult to navigate due to large rocks and sometimes slippery conditions. Muskellunge maintain a self-reproducing population in Tygart Lake and are active throughout the winter months. Like Walleye, they will be scattered throughout the reservoir but as winter progresses will migrate towards the head of the reservoir for spawning.




Friday, Jan 15 2021



Tygart Lake


Rating - Good

The winter drawdown is 60 feet below summer pool. Boat access is provided at the Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area launch during the winter. This is a steep ramp and caution needs to be used during the winter months in freezing temperatures. A second winter ramp is to be completed this winter at Tygart Lake State Park that will provide easier boating access. During winter, the reduced water volume in the lake condenses fish, making it easier for anglers to find them in this very steep sided, rocky reservoir. Tygart Lake has an excellent reproducing Walleye population with most being pan-sized. During winter, Walleye are scattered throughout the lake, but anglers should concentrate on rocky points during the day and in shallow water during low-light periods where Walleye will be chasing abundant Emerald Shiners. As winter progresses, many Walleye will move towards the head of Tygart Lake where they will spawn typically in mid-March to mid-April, depending on water temperatures and flow. Wintertime is a great period for anglers to walk the shoreline at low-light periods casting shiner imitations to catch walleye moving into the shallows to feed. A boat ramp is available in the tailwater, and anglers can use the shoreline also. The shoreline provides access but can be difficult to navigate due to large rocks and sometimes slippery conditions. Muskellunge maintain a self-reproducing population in Tygart Lake and are active throughout the winter months. Like Walleye, they will be scattered throughout the reservoir but as winter progresses will migrate towards the head of the reservoir for spawning.


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