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senoy

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So, tomorrow I have a complete day to myself. I have the day off work, my kids are visiting their grandmother, my wife is at a conference and won't be back until late. It's just me and the dog the whole day. I have been planning to go fishing since I discovered this happy happenstance, but looking at the forecast, God has seen fit to make sure that I'm in church on Good Friday. I'm going to make a deal with God to go to Maundy Thursday services and I'll stop in church tomorrow, but I figure I can still find a bit of time to fish.

This leads me to the point of this post. Anyone have any ideas of where to go within a couple of hours of Morgantown that won't be completely blown out? I was thinking maybe below Tygart and gamble that they aren't going to be letting out too much water. Any suggestions or do I have to stay at home and do yardwork?

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I know it's been a while since they were stocked and maybe they're all gone at this point, but if not....I always made a beeline for Dixon Lake and the hybrid stripers when I lived in Morgantown and everything was blown out.  When water was flowing over the walkway between the sediment pond and main lake, they would stack up in that skinny, fast water at the opening of the culvert.  Talk about a blast!
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Looking at the stream flows below, looks like the best bet is to head to the higher headwaters.  There's a bunch of water flowing right now.
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That's a good idea. I hadn't thought about Mason and Dixon. What are the regs on Dixon? It's C&R right? Is it barbless hooks too?
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I don't believe it's barbless, just catch and release.  If it is barbless, I broke the law a bunch of times [sign0190]
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There is a bunch of water out there for sure - Cheat 26,000 cfs at Albright, Tygart 15,000 at Phillipi, Big Sandy crested over 3,000(Fall Gauley release in small steep river), New 34,000, Gauley almost 10,000, and Greenbrier 8,600. 68 degrees here in Cheat Lake - perfect spring paddling weather.  Lots of places to get your butt kicked;-)
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Tonight we are forecast to get another half to three quarters of an inch of rain. The headwaters won't be an option tomorrow. Tailwaters or small impoundments, I'd say.

If you are up for trout fishing, I would suggest the North Branch Potomac somewhere from Barnum to Westernport. 

Tygart Dam hotline 304-265-5953. They update ever morning at about 8 am.



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Tonight we are forecast to get another half to three quarters of an inch of rain. The headwaters won't be an option tomorrow. Tailwaters or small impoundments, I'd say.

If you are up for trout fishing, I would suggest the North Branch Potomac somewhere from Barnum to Westernport. 

Tygart Dam hotline 304-265-5953. They update ever morning at about 8 am.


That was actually what I was thinking. I think it's not going to hit that side of the mountains as hard. I haven't fished trout in so long I'll have to figure out what the heck I'm doing. I can drag the fly rod out, but my flies are so decayed that I might need to make a run to the store.

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That was actually what I was thinking. I think it's not going to hit that side of the mountains as hard. I haven't fished trout in so long I'll have to figure out what the heck I'm doing. I can drag the fly rod out, but my flies are so decayed that I might need to make a run to the store.


Honestly, if you are just trying to get out and catch something, just take your spinning gear. That river is tough to flyfish without wading, and wading will be tough, especially if they release more water tomorrow (which is likely). 

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Here are the waters I saw today with my own 2 eyes: North Branch at Luke, Md....Lunice near Petersburg.....Noth Fork between Petersburg and Seneca......Seneca creek, Dry Fork, Shavers........Willy Wonka my friend.......pure chocolate milk. Go to church, sharpen your lawn mower blade, get in a poker game, but fishing wouldn't be much fun from what I saw. Don't shoot the messenger....lol....
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I'm sorry, no forgiveness for that kind of news. I have no choice but to shoot you. :) Oh well, thanks for the heads up, it at least saves me a trip.
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Never....Never do yard work til after Easter!!!    Go fish someplace


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Did you end up fishing?
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Yep, drove all over creation and most of North Central WV that I went to was blown out, I eventually settled at Dixon and Mason. Dixon was a good recommendation. No hybrids but a good number of little largemouth, enough to keep me interested. Mason was a trifle crowded, so didn't stay long. I did drive up to Cooper's just to see the zoo and it didn't disappoint. I'll post some pics later.
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Our wives and children we commend to Thee; For them we plough the land and plough the deep; For them by day the golden corn we reap; By night the silver harvest of the sea.

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On Saturday, I ended up going to Barnum on the North Branch. Water was slightly off colored, but perfect streamer color. Caught 2 quick rainbows out of the C/R before they opened the dam up a little more. The flow was about 300 when we got there, but jumped to 400 by 945. It was still fishable, but it seems to put the fish down, at least for a while. 



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Sorry, this took me forever, but here's a pic of Cooper's on the announced stocking day:

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I don't know if you can tell, but there's a pole about every 10 feet or so, so way more crowded than I prefer. There was a debate about how these announced days would be more crowded than the old opening days. I dug around in the old Conservation magazines that the DNR put out back in the 60s and I found one from 1966 that showed opening day crowds in 1965 (I think 1965 was the last opening day.) It doesn't say the lake, but here's the picture.
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I think that we can definitively state that the announced stockings are not on the same scale as the old opening days. I think there are just fewer anglers these days and more fishable water than there used to be.


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I used to know which lake that is. It's Spruce Knob or Teter Creek. I'm thinking Spruce.
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