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Date 24-Mar-17
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Conditions : TYGART LAKE – The lake elevation is currently at about 1063 msl and is expected to continue rising over the next few days. Excellent angler reports of walleye along with some crappie have been provided over the last couple of weeks. Trolling bottom bouncers is an effective way to cover large areas of the lake and find walleye. The Pleasant Creek boat launch is the only open boat launch on the lake during the winter.

Current discharge is approximately 2,560 cfs. Lots of walleye and trout are being caught below Tygart dam. The best walleye fishing is between 1,500 cfs and 5,000 cfs and the best trout fishing is less than 1,500 cfs. 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

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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