Mid June Fishing Report for the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia

Mid June Fishing Report for the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia
                    Hello again to my fellow ambassadors and fisherman out there, hope your fishing has been great so far.  I wanted to take some time today to let everybody know about the fishing conditions in the eastern part of West Virginia. 


                     Over the last few weeks we have seen little rainfall (mostly coming from pop up thunderstorms) , and temperatures have sky rocketed into the mid to upper 90's.  Bass fishing around my area has been steady and Catfishing has also been very good for this time of year.  The rivers, lakes, and steams are finally back to there normal water levels, after torrential rainfall and flooding in the month of May. Now on to the break down.


                    Catfishing in the Opequon Creek has really peaked in the last two weeks.  The creek level is back to normal with water temps in the lower to mid 60's.  The water of the creek is its normal lite green with about 3 foot visibility.  Anglers heading out this way should hit the Route 51 Bridge around 11pm for the best catfishing.  Channel cats have been hitting well between 11pm and 2am.  Several fish in the 5-6 pound range have been caught with a few over 6 pounds.  Best baits for this area have been chicken livers so far this year.  This stretch of the river has also been known to produce Fall Fish(Shiners), River eels, Snapping Turtles, and Carp at night.

                    Bass fishing on the local ponds and lakes has really heated up well with the weather. Pond and lake temps have been between 68 and 73 degrees depending on the body of water. Water clarity has improved drastically over the last 3 weeks since the rain has stopped.  Large female bass are still hung up with there babies at this time, and have been unwilling to be coaxed into biting.  We have had great success with frog immitators, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits over the last 2 weeks.  Our last outing to a local lake produced over 28 bass in 5 hours. (this body of water has low fishing pressure and is strickly catch and release)  Many Redear and Pumkin Seed Perch have also been caught in the lake.

                    Until next time good luck and great fishing!!!!!!!
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