Catfishing Fun at West Virginia’s State Parks

Visitors and anglers fishing at 11 areas within the state parks
system are more likely to catch a catfish this summer thanks to the
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ stocking of
catchable-size channel catfish in parks waters.

“DNR stocked catfish the week of May 16 and another stocking is
planned the week of June 6,” according to Chris O’Bara, DNR
fisheries biologist. Fish stocked are from three-quarter to two
pounds. The first stocking of 9,000 pounds of fish, or 12,000
individuals, was transported and released in good shape at 27 lakes
that included several designated state park areas. The catfish
stocking program provides fishing opportunities at easy accessible
lakes. Generally, areas with camping opportunities are chosen for

Lakes stocked at state parks, forests and wildlife management
area included: Cedar Creek State Park Lake (Gilmer Co.), Chief
Logan State Park Lake (Logan Co.), Coopers Rock (State Forest) Lake
(Monongalia Co.), North Bend State Park Pond (Ritchie Co.),
Pipestem State ParkLake (Summers Co.), Tomlinson Run State Park
Lake (Hancock Co.), and Watoga State Park Lake (Pocahontas Co.).
Cacapon State ParkLake (Morgan Co.) will be stocked during the week
of June 6.

Tagged channel catfish will be stocked into Berwind Lake
(McDowell Co.), Laurel Lake(Mingo Co.), and Little Beaver State
Park Lake (Raleigh Co.). Anglers who catch a tagged fish are asked
to return tag or tag numbers along with information on the date of
capture, if the fish was kept or released, and the name and address
of the angler, to WVDNR, 2311 Ohio Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26101.
Anglers also can call in the information (304-420-4550) or provide
the information via email

Bret Preston, Asst. DNR Chief for Warmwater Fisheries
Management, and superintendents at West Virginia’s state parks
recognize the catfish stocking program as a way to encourage
families to participate in outdoor activities.

“Fishing is a lifetime sport. Catfishing is just pure fun and
entertainment for youngsters and families. For park visitors and
area residents, this stocking program is a welcomed recreational
resource,” said Steve Jones, Supt. at North Bend State Park.

Free Fishing Days in West Virginia are June 11 -12, 2011. For
information about West Virginia’s state park system and activities,
visit For fishing regulations, license
purchases, and other WV Division of Natural Resource information,


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