Originally posted by: hillbillyangler on 3/22/2007 9:49:33 AM
Weekly Fishing Report -- Updated every Wednesday afternoon
March 21 , 2007
BEECH FORK â€“ Lake is approximately one foot above winter pool. For more information call the Corps of Engineers recorded message at 304-525-5092. Fishing is very slow overall with a few reports of walleye and saugeye from anglers willing to brave the elements. During warmer days/periods the bite has been better for all other species as expected. Also check the â€œReservoirsâ€ section below for SW WV for further information. Trout were stocked recently in the Beech Fork tailwaters. Be patient, fish slow, and try a variety of baits (wigglers, crawlers, minnows) and prepared baits (powerbait, salmon eggs) to catch early spring trout.
BLUESTONE â€“ Lake is at winter pool. Lake and tailwaters are cloudy. For more information call the Corps of Engineers recorded message at 304-466-0156. Spring is slowly approaching and fish species are preparing to spawn as the water warms in the next few weeks. Crappie will be showing up on brush piles, flooded timber or downed trees where they will spawn. They will hit small minnows or doll flies. Bass may be caught off rocky points and around downed trees using live baits and artificials such as spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Anglers should look for points that have some cover such as stumps, logs, or weed beds. Try slow rolling a spinnerbaits, bumping off the stumps. Some hybrid striped bass may be caught using large minnows. Anglers should try spots such as the mouth of Indian Creek or up the bluestone Arm as these fish, even though mostly infertile, still make mock spawning runs upstream. Smallmouth bass are being caught in the tailwaters. Successful anglers are using tube jigs in pumpkinseed or motoroil colors. Anglers should be careful wading and wear your personal devices.
BURNSVILLE â€“ The lake is at winter pool, clear and ice free. The tailwaters were stocked with trout on March 8. For more information call Corps of Engineers at 304-853-2398.
EAST LYNN - Lake is at winter pool. For more information call the Corps of Engineers recorded message at 304-849-9861. Hybrids, walleye and saugeye all are more suited for â€œcoolerâ€ water temperature levels. Anglers should target these fish during the next few months to find success. Tips for anglers wishing to target bass include trying bait, fish habitat warmed by the sun, and try fishing after a number of water stable days. Also check the â€œReservoirsâ€ section below for SW WV for further information. Trout were stocked recently in the East Lynn tailwaters and Lick Creek Pond. Be patient, fish slow and try a variety of baits (wigglers, crawlers, minnows) and prepared baits (powerbait, salmon eggs) to catch early spring trout.
R.D. BAILEY â€“ The lake is approximately one foot below winter pool. The lake and tailwaters are clear. For more information call the Corps of Engineers recorded message at 304-664-9587. With waters warming up, fish are becoming more and more active as they feed in preparation for the upcoming spawning. Crappie are congregating near the habitats where they spawn such as around standing timber and brush piles and they will hit small minnows. For artificials, use doll flies in white and yellow. Spotted bass are hitting plastic jigs in crawfish colors. The spotted bass will be found along the rocky drops with points with downed trees another good spot to try. Hybrid striped bass will be making a mock spawning run up stream in April and May so anglers may want to concentrate their efforts in the upper lake. The trout stocked in the tailwaters are providing good fishing. Best baits are corn, salmon eggs and small jigs.
STONECOAL LAKE â€“ The lake is approximately three feet below summer pool, clear and ice free. Fishing is slow.
STONEWALL JACKSON â€“ The lake is at winter pool, clear and ice free. The tailwaters were stocked with trout on March 8, try powerbait and worms. Yellow perch and crappie are being caught on live bait. For more information contact Corps of Engineers at 304-269-7463.
SUMMERSVILLE â€“ The lake is at winter pool, milky and ice free. Trout were stocked in the tailwaters March 19. Trout also still remain downstream and if you are looking for a back country trout fishing experience hike down in and enjoy some great trout fishing. For more information call Corps of Engineers at 304-872-5809.
SUTTON â€“ The lake is at winter pool, clear and ice free. The tailwaters are clear with a 40 degree outflow temperature. The tailwaters were stocked with trout on March 8.. For daily information call Corps of Engineers at 304-765-2705.
TYGART LAKE - The lake is 15 feet below the summer level. Walleye are spawning and will continue for 2 to 3 weeks. Spawning occurs after midnight in shallow water along the shoreline. Casting larger rapalas-type shallow-running minnows along the shoreline after dark can be successful at this time of year.
The tailwater temperature is 39 degrees. Walleye have been moving through the dam into the tailwater during the recent high flows (above 4,000 cfs). 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 then 1,000 cubic feet per second). Call the Corps of Engineers telephone hotline at 304-265-5953 for daily lake and tailwater conditions.
NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA
OHIO RIVER (New Cumberland, Pike Island, and Hannibal pools and tailwaters) â€“ Warm water discharges at power plants will be productive all winter, particularly for hybrid striped bass. Walleye and sauger have started seasonal pre-spawning movements and will relate to the moving water at lock and dam tailwaters and at creek mouths. Spawning will occur in the upper-half of the pools. During higher flows, the fish will be active throughout the day. But during normal or low flows, walleye and sauger will start feeding about an hour before sunset and then throughout the night. Jigs with minnows are particularly good baits but 3-inch plastic grubs and deep-running crankbaits are also productive. Hybrid striped bass will also move in and out of the tailwaters and can be caught using large crankbaits, casting spoons or cut baits.
MONONGAHELA RIVER â€“ River conditions are normal after last weekâ€™s high water. The water temperature is 45 degrees. Cold river temperatures will cause fish, particularly hybrid striped bass, to be attracted to the warm water discharges at the Rivesville and Morgantown power plants. A pier at the Morgantown plant makes fishing safe and convenient. Walleye and sauger are in their winter pattern and will move in and out of the tailwater areas and tributary creek mouths, especially Buffalo, Paw Paw, and Prickett creeks. Start fishing about an hour before sunset because sauger and walleye will begin feeding at dusk. Jigs with minnows are particularly good baits but 3-inch plastic grubs and deep-running crankbaits are also productive. The shoreline from the Morgantown lock to the mouth of Deckers Creek is always a good place to fish from the shore. During high water, fish will be concentrated along the Westover shoreline just below the lock wall.
CHEAT LAKE â€“ Anglers should now be concentrating on yellow perch and also looking for walleye. Minnows fished on a 1/8 ounce jig in 10-to25 feet of water will catch yellow perch. Boats can be launched at any water level at the winter ramp at the Cheat Lake Park. Shoreline fishing will be best at the Park along the riprap on the lake side.
Try the tailwater fishing pier for walleye and sauger during the winter. Minnows are the best bait. Start fishing at dark when sauger and walleye begin feeding. The pier is located entirely in West Virginia about 25 minutes from Morgantown, but you have to drive from, and park in, Pennsylvania to get there. Take U.S. Rt. 119 from Morgantown to Point Marion, PA. Turn right after crossing the Cheat River and proceed 4 miles to Cheat Dam. The pier is lighted for night fishing and is handicapped accessible.
South Branch and Cacapon Rivers
Flows in local streams are high due to snow melt but have already begun to recede. Anglers are catching smallmouth near the head of pools on slow moving plastics when the flows are suitable. Smallmouth bass up to four pounds were caught on the South Branch last week. Trout stocking is in full swing and many streams are now receiving weekly stockings. Check the 2007 fishing regulations or our website http://www.wvdnr.gov/Fishing/Stocki...tock.shtm. This information is updated daily at 4:00 p.m., January through May. Trout anglers can use a variety of baits including small worms, mealworms, salmon eggs, cheese, or trout power bait. When lakes are not frozen small spinners, Joe type flies, and trout magnets also work well.
This is a good time to fish Ohio River Tailwaters, and sauger fishing fair this winter, with hopes for improvements. Anglers fishing below the Belleville and Willow Island dams are catching sauger, walleye, and a few other species. Riggs using suspended minnows or lead headed jigs with twister tails (white or chartreuses), which are fished along the bottom, are the lure of choice. When the river is running high and muddy clever anglers are tipping their jig hooks with minnows. Best spots to fish these areas include eddies and back-current sections, and anywhere that river flows are unusual slow. Warm water discharges associated with industrial facilities hold fish in the winter along the Ohio River. Best bet for lures here include crank baits and rubber jigs. Expect to catch white bass, hybrid striped bass and a few other species at these hot spots.
Fishing for largemouth bass can be good during warm sunny days in area lakes. Slowly fished rubber worms or jig-and-pig combos are good terminal tackle choices. Area lakes with good winter bass angling opportunities include Mountwood in Wood County, Conaway Run in Tyler County, Charles Fork in Roane County, North Bend Lake in Ritchie County, and Elk Fork and Oâ€™Brien lakes in Jackson County.
Musky streams are expected to be fishable this weekend. Winter musky anglers use medium to large lures, and they concentrate their fishing efforts around brush piles or other areas of good cover. Middle Island Creek, the major streams in the Hughes River system, and the Little Kanawha River are good area musky waters.