Catfishin' Mt. Storm

Discussion in 'LOCAL WEST VIRGINIA TALK' started by jeremiad, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. jeremiad

    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    In a week I'll be heading back to Davis for my yearly pilgrimage to Canaan. I've heard that Mt. Storm Lake has a good supply of catfish, but that they are rather small due to the warm water.

    I usually fish the Blackwater River for trout and so forth, but I thought that I might give Mt. Storm Lake a try this year.

    Is it worth the trip to the lake this time of year? I won't have a boat, so is there any good shoreline spots that are accessible and productive?

    Thanks for your help!
     
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    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    I checked out Mt. Storm yesterday. For the shore-bound fisherman, there is good access along state route 93. However, the bottom appears to be shallow and rocky, with a few submerged trees and bottom grasses about 20 to 30 feet out from shore. The lake seems rather infertile, due to its clarity. I assume that lures would need to be fairly natural colored.

    I didn't intend to fish, but couldn't resist. I tried a shiner spinner on a light graphite rod. As soon as the plug hit the water, it was inhaled by a 16" flathead! I converted him to the freezer.

    Unfortunately, I ran out of time before I caught any more. I'll have to go back, for one doesn't quite feed the family! :big_smile:
     

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    Other than a six-incher, I didn't bring in any more catfish. I will have to say that the amount of trash on the shore was disappointing. The steam off the lake on the cool morning made Mt. Storm a strange experience indeed!