Frog season starts

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The 2018 West Virginia Fishing Regulations pamphlet published by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources includes a misprint for the start of frog season.

The correct starting date for West Virginia’s frog season is Saturday, June 16, not June 17.

“Noodling,” or hand-fishing season opens June 15

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A law passed during the 2018 legislative session will soon allow West Virginia anglers to hand-fish, or “noodle,” in public waters. The annual season will run from June 15 to August 31.

Hand-fishing is permitted between sunrise and sunset.

However, it is prohibited in all state-managed impoundments except Stonecoal Lake, Hawks Nest Lake, Mount Storm Lake, Cheat Lake and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes.

The daily creel limit for all catfish species taken by hand-fishing is four. Only one fish may be over 35 inches, and only two may be blue catfish.

In waters with special regulations, the more restrictive regulations apply.

The daily creel limit for hand-fishing counts as part of any daily limit for hook-and-line fishing.

“Noodlers” may only hand-fish in naturally-occurring habitats such as hollow logs and cavities in river banks.

The placement or use of artificial cavities and nesting boxes for hand-fishing is prohibited.

The use or possession of hooks, gaffs, spears or anything other than hands while hand-fishing is prohibited, as is the use of bait or fish attractors.

The use of SCUBA gear or any other artificial breathing apparatus also is prohibited.

WVDNR stocks trout at Summersville Lake tailwater

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The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the West Virginia Professional Outfitters Association, stocked 650 pounds of rainbow trout in the Summersville Dam tailwater of the Gauley River on June 05.

“The goal of the stocking is to enhance summer trout fishing opportunities in the Gauley River,” said DNR Director Stephen McDaniel.

Rafting fees support the program and compensate for reduced fishing opportunities during days of whitewater rafting flows on the Gauley River.

West Virginia trout stocking

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The following waters were stocked the week of May 11, 2018:

Anthony Creek
Big Sandy Creek
Blackwater River
Boley Lake
Brandywine Lake
Brushy Fork Lake
Buckhannon River
Buffalo Creek (Brooke)
Buffalo Fork Lake
Bullskin Run
Cacapon Park Lakes
Castleman Run Lake
Chief Logan Pond
Clear Fork of Guyandotte River
Clear Fork of Guyandotte River (delayed harvest)
Coopers Rock Lake
Cranberry River
Deer Creek (Pocahontas)
East Fork Greenbrier River
East River
Elk River
Elk River (C&R)
Evitts Run
Gandy Creek
Glade Creek of Mann
Glade Creek of New River
Glady Fork
Greenbrier River
Kings Creek
Knapps Creek
Laurel Fork (Randolph)
Left Fork of Right Fork of Buckhannon River
Little River East Fork Greenbrier River
Little River West Fork Greenbrier River
Lost River
Marsh Fork
Meadow Creek of New River
Middle Creek (Berkeley)
Middle Wheeling Lake
Mill Creek (Berkeley)
Moores Run
New Creek
North Fork of Patterson
North Fork South Branch
Opequon Creek
Paint Creek
Panther Creek
Paw Paw Creek
Pinnacle Creek
Pond fork
R. D. Bailey Tailwaters
Right Fork of Buckhannon River
Rocky Marsh Run
Shavers Fork (Bemis)
Shavers Fork (lower section)
Shavers Fork (upper section)
South Branch (Franklin)
South Branch (Smoke Hole)
South Fork of Cherry River
South Fork of Cranberry River
South Mill Creek Lake
Spruce Knob Lake
Summit Lake
Tomlinson Run
Trout Run
Tuckahoe Lake
Waites Run
Wallback Lake
Watoga Lake
West Fork Greenbrier River
Whiteday Creek
Williams River

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