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Tygart Lake Sponsored by
Date 09-Oct-14
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Conditions : TYGART LAKE – The lake is about 23 feet below the summer level and falling slowly. The water temperature is 74 degrees from the surface to 50 feet, 73 degrees at 75 feet and 72 degrees at 100 feet. Bass tournaments have been very successful with smallmouth bass being caught using drop shot rigs in 25-40 depths. Knowledgeable walleye anglers have been report good catches. Start fishing for walleye at dark when they move into shallow water to feed. During the day walleye will be in the 30 to 50-feet depths.

Tailwaters - The tailwater temperature is 69 degrees. There are a lot of trout in the tailwater. Walleye fishing is best during higher flows (1,500 to 5,000 cubic feet per second) and trout fishing is best at low flows (less than 1,000 cubic feet per second). Call the Corps of Engineers telephone hotline at 304-265-5953

Reported by: West Virginia D.N.R


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About: - Located in the picturesque West Virginia countryside, Tygart Lake's blue waters and irregular shoreline contrast with the surrounding steep mountain terrain. The steep, wooded mountainsides and the clear inviting waters of the lake attract many visitors to Tygart for a day of relaxation and enjoyment. Located around the lake are several picnic areas, hiking trails, playgrounds, and the State Park's swim beach.

Fishing: Tygart Lake is considered by many to be one of the best bass waters in the area and fishing its deep waters can be a rewarding and exciting experience. In addition to bass, anglers will find abundant walleye, muskie, crappie, perch, and numerous pan fish. All species of fish found in Tygart Lake are sustained through natural reproduction rather than by stocking attesting to the exceptional water quality of the lake. Fishing for rainbow and golden trout, which were introduced into the tailwaters of Tygart Dam, is also popular with many anglers.

Facilities: Those seeking overnight accommodations at Tygart Lake have a choice between lodge or cabin facilities available at the State Park. There are also campgrounds available at the State Park and the Pleasant Creek Public Hunting and Fishing Area for those desiring a more rustic experience during their stay. The City of Grafton also operates a campground located in the vicinity of the dam's outflow area.

  • bass
  • walleye
  • muskie
  • crappie
  • perch
  • panfish

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