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Winfield Lock and Dam Fishing Area Closed for Spring

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WINFIELD, WV — Anglers hoping for some spring fishing below the Winfield Lock and Dam in Putnam County are going to be disappointed this year.

The fishing area has been shutdown due to maintenance work on the hydro power station.

Officials say over the course of the next few weeks construction crews will be installing pilings down to the bedrock in hopes of stopping seepage downstream of the dam.

Appalachian Power has closed the parking lot and the entire fishing area for the work which was originally due to begin at the end of March.

Weather and river conditions caused some delays.  The project has also been slowed by moving of other utilities.

A source familiar with the project says the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are anxious to cure the seep to prevent erosion of the bank downstream.

The timing of the project couldn’t be worse for anglers.

The popular spot is often an attractive spot, particularly in the spring, for all species of fish which are naturally stacked in when the dam breaks their upstream run.

Wes-Mon-Ty Grant awarded to Recreation Center

Gilmer County Recreation Center was awarded a grant through Wes-Mon-Ty RC & D (Resource Conservation & Development Council) to help with an erosion problem around the swimming pool and Bennett Building.

The grant was for purchasing trees and shrubs to help prevent future erosion on a project that began last year.

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(L-R) Larry Sponaugle, West Fork Conservation Supervisor, Buck Stephens,
Jane Collins, West Fork Conservation Supervisor


The trees and shrubs will be planted to hold back soil erosion and ground water, and also provide some help for pollinators to thrive, along with some much needed shade.

The area that had the most erosion has been stabilized, however, the need to continue with this project is important and by planting trees and shrubs to prevent any more erosion due to environmental elements such as rain washing the soil away as it has done in the past is a high priority.

Buck Stephens, President of the Gilmer County Recreation Center was very instrumental in completing the first phase of this project last year.

Because of Buck’s volunteering of his time and watchful eye on the project, making sure the project was completed within the time frames, following up with pictures, and a completion summary, made it easy to get a second grant to complete phase two of this project on erosion. 

Because of Buck’s dedication to the project and the Recreation Center, the second phase of this project was readily approved for another grant this year.

Congratulations to Buck Stephens!

Ducks Unlimited Recognizes WVDNR for Canadian Habitat Support

OMAHA, NE - With this year’s contribution, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reached the $500,000 mark for donations to waterfowl breeding ground conservation in Canada. Ducks Unlimited (DU) recognized their commitment during the 80th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Omaha, Nebraska, March 13, 2015.

“It is the committed support of partners like the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources that makes waterfowl conservation and the North American Waterfowl Management Plan a success,” said DU Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt. “With the support of the WVDNR over the past 28 years, Ducks Unlimited has conserved, enhanced and restored thousands of acres of prime breeding habitat.”

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DU Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt,
DU Canada Director of International Partnerships Pat Kehoe and
WVDNR Acting Wildlife Resources Section Chief Paul Johansen


The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ State Contributions Program represents a unique international funding partnership that preserves critical waterfowl habitat in the Prairie Pothole Region of Canada, while working toward achieving the goals of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Contributions from individual states are combined with other state contributions, matched by DU Inc. and DU Canada, and then leveraged through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.

“The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has long valued our strong partnership with Ducks Unlimited,“ said Paul Johansen, acting chief for the Wildlife Resources Section. “We appreciate the opportunity to make this long-term investment in Canadian waterfowl habitat, as it yields long-term benefits for our sportsmen and women. By matching our financial support with other states, DU Inc. and DU Canada, we are able to protect critical nesting habitat that sends millions of ducks down the Atlantic Flyway to West Virginia and beyond each fall.“

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent.

Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information, visit www.ducks.org.

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of March 30 – April 03, 2015

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ELKINS, WV – The following waters were stocked the week of March 30, 2015 - April 03, 2015:

Anthony Creek

Bear Rocks Lake

Big Clear Creek

Blackwater River

Buckhannon River

Buffalo Creek (Brooke)

Buffalo Creek (Logan)

Bullskin Run

Cacapon Park Lake

Camp Creek

Castleman Run Lake

Cherry River

Clear Fork of Guyandotte River

Cranberry River

Curtisville Lake

Dog Run Lake

Dry Fork (Randolph, Tucker)

East Fork Greenbrier River

East River

Elk River

Evitts Run

Gandy Creek

Glade Creek of New River

Glade of Mann

Glady Fork

Horseshoe Run

Indian Rock Lake

Knapps Creek

Laurel Fork (Randolph)

Left Fork of Buckhannon River (rail stocking)

Left Fork of Right Fork of Buckhannon River

Little Clear Creek

Little River East Fork Greenbrier River

Little River West Fork Greenbrier River

Long Marsh Run

Lost River

Lower Cover Run

Mash Fork

Mash Fork of Camp Creek (Children & Class Q)

Middle Creek (Berkeley)

Middle Wheeling Lake

Mill Creek (Berkeley)

Mill Creek Reservoir

Mill Run of Back Creek

Moores Run

New Creek

North Fork of Cherry River

North Fork of Fishing Creek

North Fork of Lunice

North Fork of Patterson Creek

North Fork of South Branch

North Fork of South Branch

North River

Opequon Creek

Paint Creek

Paw Paw Creek

Pinch Creek

Pinnacle Creek (upper and lower sections)

Pond Fork

R.D. Bailey Tailwaters

Red Creek

Right Fork of Buckhannon River

Right Fork of Middle Fork River

Rockcliff Lake

Rocky Marsh Run

Rollins Lake

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 Fishing Creek

South Mill Creek Lake

Spruce Knob Lake

Summersville Tailwaters

Summit Lake

Teter Creek Lake

Trout Run

Tuckahoe Lake

Waites Run

Warden Lake

Watoga Lake

West Fork Greenbrier River

Wheeling Creek

Whiteday Creek

Williams River

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