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Bigmoon

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Thanks for the add.

I have a question about fishing Mason and Dixon (catch and release) Lakes at Pedlar Run WMA near Morgantown.

How is the fishing in these lakes? Are they worth a visit?

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Yes. Dixon is a lot of fun with the hybrid stripers, especially if you catch it right after a hard rain with water rushing in. The best time to be there is when it’s running over the walkway between the sediment pond and main lake.

Can’t comment much on Mason as it was still relatively young when I was fishing around there.

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Dixon is the only catch and release lake. I believe there is a sign that tells what was stocked into each lake at the parking lot. Mason lake is stocked with trout and is not a bad place to fish. It is a deep lake with pretty good access. Boats with electric motors are allowed on it. Dixon lake can get pretty weed choked in the summer and haven’t really seen that many people fishing it. Dunkard creek is right there also if your looking for some smallmouth.
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Pretty cool places.  Dixon has a lot of fish in it, some bass of some size too.  Never had any problem catching fish in it, anytime we went.  Mason is cool too, but it gets a little more pressure.  Seems like the fish run a little smaller.  It also gets trout, though, so if that is your thing, it might be more interesting.  I was at mason mid summer with the kids trying to roust up a few bluegills or little bass, couldn't get anything to play.  There were a lot of people there, and I didn't see anyone catching.  It is extremely clear.  Would be a cool place to snorkel, but I doubt you are allowed.  There is a cool little lake in Blacksville, I think it is called Lake Wilma.  It has a real mixed bag of fish, but I think it is in PA.  Dunkard Creek is a fun spot, too.
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I think I have fished Mason lake (bigger one that is crazy deep) a few times... kayaked it a few times... strong numbers of panfish, catfish, and bass... and my god the muskie... some trout fed monster muskies in that lake... Fat, thick, big, beautiful muskie... I haven't caught any hybrids there, but the signs say they are in there... its a great place to go for a morning or afternoon of paddling and fishing. I need to make the trip over the hill to the other lake just to see what its like.
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Mason looks and fishes like a little lake. Dixon looks and fishes like a large pond. Both have fish, I think Dixon is more of a pain to fish because it is basically a puddle with water in it. I haven't fished it often, but I haven't noticed much discernable structure and it doesn't have much shape to it, almost like a swimming pool. I don't think they have stocked hybrids since 2013 and their lifespan is only about 5-6 years, so I don't know how prolific they are in there anymore. If any still are there, they'll be about as big as they can grow in such a small lake. Basically, it's a big farmpond. I don't think it gets much pressure though for a public lake as I've never had to share it with anyone in the times I've gone, so that's nice anyway.
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I saw a guy catching several nice catfish on chicken livers at Dixon one summer afternoon. He even caught a hybrid doing that.

I've fished both a handful of times, but have never really done great even though I know there are fish around in both. They are worth checking out. 

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Bigmoon

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Thanks

That is neat they put muskie into Mason Lake and hybrids as well.

Is it worth targeting for muskies?

I have fished Dunkard Creek before in the past visiting the area.


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4fan

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Seen a guy last summer at Mason throw a huge 40+ muskie in his truck bed.  I was parked right by him and I asked " what are you gonna do with that?"

He said " we gonna eat her".   [frown]
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At least he was going to eat it. I've heard 2nd (maybe 3rd) hand stories about guys just throwing them on the bank.
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4fan

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Wonder what a big ol toothy critter like that would taste like?  
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Wonder what a big ol toothy critter like that would taste like?  
I've heard they taste like pike. Firm and sweetish. They call pike poor man's lobster since it has that same consistency. More meaty than flaky. I've had pike and it's definitely good, but the bones are a pain. I've never eaten musky, but I know people who have had both and they say they're really close in taste.

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Bigmoon

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Didn't know folks ate muskies anymore
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Ive eaten two muskie that I hooked too deep to salvage... they were delicious... the flesh was much like pike but with a much more rich flavor.
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