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Tygart Lake Sponsored by
Date 23-Sep-17
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Conditions : TYGART LAKE – The lake level is a few feet below summer pool. Keep an eye out for white bass chasing shiners near the surface. Cast small spoons toward the shiners for some fast action. Walleye will be deep, especially during mid-day. Anglers are allowed 8 walleyes per day, but they must be at least 15-inches in length.

The lake is about 10 feet below the summer level and falling. Walleyes can be at any depth but will move into shallow water to feed at dusk. Smallmouth bass can be caught using crayfish imitations along the shoreline as the lake level decreases. Look for white bass at the head of coves or the upper part of the lake. All boat ramps are open except for the State Park No. 1 ramp.

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

Misc Info: - (2016) A new walleye regulation will take effect beginning January 1, 2016 for Tygart Lake and Tygart River. It consists of a 15-inch minimum length limit and eight walleye per day creel limit.



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