Easy access and a good boat ramp make 2,905-acre Cathance (pronounced Cat-hance) Lake a popular spot for Washington County anglers. For the most part, the shoreline is wild, but the western shoreline does have some camps. Lots of islands, an irregular shoreline, and a long peninsula jutting out into the center of the lake make Cathance a favorite spot for trolling for landlocked salmon in early spring.
The ice usually leaves by the first of May, and local anglers flock here for their first taste of open water fishing. Even then, you will not encounter long lines at the boat ramp and there is always plenty of open water for everyone to fish. Cathance Lake has a slot limit on bass and brook trout and a no-kill, artificial-lures-only season lasting from October 1 through October 31. Key Species: landlocked salmon, pickerel, smallmouth bass, brook trout possible.
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