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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, bluegill, white bass, yellow perch and northern pike at Cheat Lake in West Virginia.

Cheat Lake, WV

Public boat ramps and two marinas welcome visitors for boating and fishing at Cheat Lake, a 1,770-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Morgantown. Walleye, bass, perch and catfish are popular here.

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Cheat Lake, located in northern West Virginia, is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking a variety of fish species and a picturesque outdoor experience. With its expansive size of approximately 1,730 acres, Cheat Lake offers abundant fishing opportunities for anglers of all skill levels.

One of the most sought-after fish species in Cheat Lake is the smallmouth bass. The lake is renowned for its excellent smallmouth bass fishery, attracting anglers from near and far. Smallmouth bass can be found near rocky shorelines, submerged structures, and drop-offs. Anglers can target them using various techniques such as casting crankbaits, jigs, or soft plastic lures. The lake's clear waters and rocky structure provide an ideal habitat for smallmouth bass to thrive.

Cheat Lake also offers excellent fishing opportunities for other popular fish species, including largemouth bass, walleye, and muskellunge. Largemouth bass can be found near weed beds and submerged vegetation, providing anglers with exciting angling opportunities. Walleye, known for their delicious flavor and hard-fighting nature, can be targeted using techniques such as trolling with crankbaits or jigging with live bait. Muskellunge, the apex predators of the lake, offer thrilling battles for dedicated muskie anglers.

When visiting Cheat Lake, it's essential to be aware of fishing regulations, including size and creel limits, as well as any special regulations specific to the lake. Anglers should obtain a valid fishing license and follow the state's fishing rules and regulations to ensure the sustainability of the fishery.

Cheat Lake in West Virginia offers a captivating fishing experience with its diverse fish species, including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, and muskellunge. Whether you're casting a line from the shore or exploring the lake's scenic beauty by boat, Cheat Lake provides an unforgettable outdoor experience for fishing enthusiasts. Its boating and camping amenities further enhance the overall appeal, making it a popular destination for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts seeking relaxation and adventure amidst nature.

The lake also has nice populations of northern pike, white bass and sunfish. Much of the 26 miles of shoreline is lined with homes and boat docks, other areas are open.

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Primary fish species residing in Cheat Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Walleye Bluegill White Bass Yellow Perch Northern Pike

Cheat Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NEARBY
RV Hookups: NEARBY
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Cheat Lake is a popular destination for boating and water-based recreational activities. Boaters can enjoy the lake's calm waters and explore its scenic beauty. The lake features multiple boat ramps, allowing easy access for boating enthusiasts.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Sunset Beach Marina
Rentals: Kayaks and pontoon boats
304 594-0050

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Sunset Beach Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Sunset Beach Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Click here for a West Virginia Fishing License.

Camping facilities, such as campgrounds and picnic areas, are available nearby, providing opportunities for visitors to extend their stay and immerse themselves in the natural surroundings.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

McCollum Camping Area - 800 225-5982

Sand Springs Camping Area - 304 594-2415

Rhododendron Camping Area - 304 594-1561

Cheat Lake WV Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Cheat Lake
Sunset Beach Marina
Sunset Beach Rd
Morgantown, WV 26508
304 594-0050


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