Regional Reports-East

Sutton Lake

If you're looking to fill your skillet, check out the crappie action at Braxton County's Sutton Lake. This 1,440-acre impoundment has been a top crappie water for several years, with crappies that tend to run on the bulky side. According to state fisheries biologist Kevin Yokum, Sutton Lake has a higher percentage of 9- to 10-inch fish than lakes elsewhere in the state, due to good forage base and structure. Locating suitable cover is the key to successful crappie angling at Sutton. Underwater cover is scattered in Sutton, but there are eight fish attractors throughout the lake, mostly submerged Christmas trees. There is one attractor near each of the two boat ramps near the dam, one in the Wolf Creek arm, one midway up the lake and four in the area of the Holly River/Elk River arm confluence. Five ramps provide boater access to the upper and lower ends of the lake. Yokum says that minnows are the hot tickets for catching crappie this time of year. Small curly-tail and marabou jigs are also good bets. Contact: WVDNR, District 3 (304- 924-6211).