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Tygart Lake Sponsored by
Date 20-Oct-16
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Conditions : TYGART LAKE – The lake is almost 23 feet below summer pool level and falling. Try using crayfish imitation lures for bass along the shoreline as water levels fall. Walleye have been reported being caught using jigs tipped with minnows. Walleye can be caught along the shoreline at night using Rapalas or other minnow imitations. This is a good time of year to catch white bass as the lake level lowers.

Tailwaters - Outflow is low about 790 cfs and water clarity is milky. During periods of drawdown within the lake, walleye move through the dam into the tailwaters below the dam. There is a 15-inch minimum length limit on walleye. Call the Corps of Engineers hotline at 265-5953 for the current lake level and tailwater conditions.

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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