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Tygart Lake

Rating - Good   

Monday, Jul 15 2019
Tygart Lake is known as a very good Walleye and Smallmouth Bass lake, with Crappie, Channel Catfish, White Bass and Musky also available. Tygart Lake has an excellent reproducing Walleye population with most being pan-sized. As the water temperature approaches 40F, walleye will start staging toward the upper end of the reservoir and will typically spawn in the riverine section when water temperatures are between 45 50F in mid-March through April. If one does not have a boat, shoreline access can be found at the head of the lake at Cove Run. Tygart Lake is steep sided and has lots of shoreline rocky habitat for Smallmouth Bass where they feed on crayfish and shiners. During early spring, use slower moving lures such as small plastic worms hooked wacky style and progress to faster crankbaits and topwater lures as temperatures increase. Night crawlers, minnows, crickets, and crayfish are very good Smallmouth Bass baits when artificial lures arent producing. White Bass typically spawn when water temperatures range from 57 68F. Prior to this, they will be in large schools waiting to make their spawning run to the head of Tygart Lake. White Bass can often be seen chasing shiners near the surface, and this is a great time to cast small spoons for some fast action. As the lake fills and water temperatures increase, different fish species will move closer to shore and use fish habitat structures. These are good places to cast small jigs, in-line spinners, minnows, or meal worms to catch Crappie and other sunfish. The tailwater area just below the dam is stocked with trout from February through May. Additionally, loads of Walleye are found in the tailwater as they move through the dam during winter and spring water releases. A boat ramp is available in the tailwater, and anglers can use the shoreline also. The shoreline provides very good access but can be difficult to navigate due to large rocks and sometimes slippery conditions.




Monday, Jul 15 2019



Tygart Lake

Rating - Good

Tygart Lake is known as a very good Walleye and Smallmouth Bass lake, with Crappie, Channel Catfish, White Bass and Musky also available. Tygart Lake has an excellent reproducing Walleye population with most being pan-sized. As the water temperature approaches 40F, walleye will start staging toward the upper end of the reservoir and will typically spawn in the riverine section when water temperatures are between 45 50F in mid-March through April. If one does not have a boat, shoreline access can be found at the head of the lake at Cove Run. Tygart Lake is steep sided and has lots of shoreline rocky habitat for Smallmouth Bass where they feed on crayfish and shiners. During early spring, use slower moving lures such as small plastic worms hooked wacky style and progress to faster crankbaits and topwater lures as temperatures increase. Night crawlers, minnows, crickets, and crayfish are very good Smallmouth Bass baits when artificial lures arent producing. White Bass typically spawn when water temperatures range from 57 68F. Prior to this, they will be in large schools waiting to make their spawning run to the head of Tygart Lake. White Bass can often be seen chasing shiners near the surface, and this is a great time to cast small spoons for some fast action. As the lake fills and water temperatures increase, different fish species will move closer to shore and use fish habitat structures. These are good places to cast small jigs, in-line spinners, minnows, or meal worms to catch Crappie and other sunfish. The tailwater area just below the dam is stocked with trout from February through May. Additionally, loads of Walleye are found in the tailwater as they move through the dam during winter and spring water releases. A boat ramp is available in the tailwater, and anglers can use the shoreline also. The shoreline provides very good access but can be difficult to navigate due to large rocks and sometimes slippery conditions.


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