West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of April 27 – May 01, 2015

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ELKINS, WV – The following waters were stocked the week of April 27, 2015

Anthony Creek

Bear Rocks Lake

Big Clear Creek

Blackwater River

Buckhannon River

Buffalo Creek (Brooke)

Buffalo Creek (Logan)

Bullskin Run

Camp Creek

Castleman Run Lake

Cherry River

Clear Fork of Guyandotte River

Conaway Run Lake

Cranberry River

Dog Run Lake

Dry Fork (Randolph, Tucker)

East Fork Greenbrier River

East River

Elk River

Gandy Creek

Glady Fork

Horseshoe Run

Knapps Creek

Laurel Fork (Randolph)

Left Fork of Right Fork of Buckhannon River

Little Clear Creek

Little River East Fork Greenbrier River

Little River West Fork Greenbrier River

Lost River

Lower Cove Run

Marsh Fork

Mash Fork

Mash Fork of Camp Creek (Children & Class Q)

Middle Creek (Berkeley)

Middle Wheeling Lake

Mill Creek (Berkeley)

New Creek

North Fork Lunice

North Fork of Cherry River

North Fork of Fishing Creek

North Fork of Patterson Creek

North Fork South Branch

North River

Opequon Creek

Paint Creek

Paw Paw Creek

Pinnacle Creek (upper and lower sections)

Pond Fork

R.D. Bailey Tailwaters

Red Creek

Right Fork of Buckhannon River

Rock Cliff Lake

Rocky Marsh Run

Seneca 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 Cranberry 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

West Fork Greenbrier River (railroad grade)

Wheeling Creek

Whiteday Creek

Williams River

Williams River (C&R)

Fishing Report - 05.01.15

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Anglers should call the Beech Fork Corps of Engineers office at 304.525.4831 and go to  for information and current lake levels.  Bass are being caught using soft plastics and crankbaits.

Spring is here some fish species are beginning to spawn as the water warms.  Crappie are showing up on brush piles, flooded timber or downed trees where they will spawn.  They will hit small minnows or doll flies.  Bass may be caught off rocky points and around downed trees using live bait and artificials such as spinnerbaits and plastic worms.  Anglers should look for points that have some cover such as stumps, logs, or weed beds.  Try slow rolling a spinnerbait, bumping off the stumps.  Some hybrid striped bass may be caught using large minnows.  Anglers should try spots such as the mouth of Indian Creek or up the Bluestone Arm as these fish, even though mostly infertile, still make mock spawning runs upstream.  Smallmouth bass are being caught in the tailwaters.  Successful anglers are using tube jigs in pumpkinseed or motor oil colors.  Anglers should be careful wading and wear your personal flotation devices.

The lake is at summer pool.  Bass are in about 10-12 feet of water.  Crappie and bluegill are also hitting on jigs and live minnows.  The tailwaters were stocked with trout April 22. For more information call Corps of Engineers at 304.853.2398 and go to

For information on current lake levels call the Corps of Engineers recorded message at 304.849.9861 and go to . Bass are being caught using soft plastics and crankbaits.

With the waters warming up, fish are beginning to spawn.  Crappie are congregating near the habitats where they spawn such as around standing timber and brush piles and they will hit small minnows.  For artificials, use doll flies in white and yellow.  Spotted bass are hitting plastic jigs in crawfish colors.  The spotted bass will be found along the rocky drops with points with downed trees another good spot to try.  Hybrid striped bass will be making a mock spawning run up stream in April and May so anglers may want to concentrate their efforts in the upper lake.  The trout stocked in the tailwaters are still providing good fishing.  Best baits are corn, salmon eggs, and small jigs.

The lake is at normal pool.  Bass are moving to shallow water to spawn and with water temperatures approaching 65-70 the bite will be on.  Crappie and bluegill are also hitting on jigs and live minnows.  A few walleye have also been in about 10-15 feet of water.

The lake is at summer pool.  Bass are moving to shallow water to spawn and with water temperatures approaching 65-70 the bite will be on.  Crappie and bluegill are also hitting on jigs and live minnows.  The tailwaters were stocked with trout April 07. Before heading to the lake please call Corps of Engineers at 304.269.7463.

The lake is at summer pool.  Bass are in about 10-12 feet of water and some are even in more shallow water getting ready to spawn.  Walleye are being caught off rocky points in about 10-15 feet of water.  Try minnows and small crank baits.  The tailwaters were stocked with trout March 31.  For more information contact the Corps of Engineers at 304.872.3412 and go to

The lake is two feet below summer pool.  Bass are moving to shallow water to spawn and with water temperatures approaching 65-70 the bite will be on .  Crappie and bluegill are also hitting on jigs and live minnows.  The tailwaters were stocked with trout April 22.  Before heading to the lake please call Corps of Engineers at 304.765.2705 and go to

Over the past month, the lake has risen several times above the summer pool elevation of 1,094 feet above sea level.  It is currently just higher than summer pool and predicted to remain at that level for the next few days.  Water clarity is milky.  Walleye should be finished spawning.  During the day, walleye anglers should fish 30 to 40 feet deep.  Smallmouth bass will become more active as the water temperatures increase.  White bass should start moving to the upper lake above Sandy Creek and can be caught with spinners or shallow-running crank baits.  The heads of coves will warm faster than the main lake during the next month and many fish will move to these areas.  Hundreds of Christmas trees have been placed by the WVDNR and US Army Corps of Engineers near the marina and Wildcat cove.  In the next week, trees will also be placed in the West Hill cove.  These trees are excellent fish attractors and crappie fishing can be very good.

High flows have resulted in plenty of walleyes moving through the dam to the tailwater.  Walleye fishing is best at flows above 1,500 cfs and trout fishing below 1,500 cfs.  Currently, the outflow is about 3,400 cfs and is predicted to decrease over the next couple of days.  The tailwater temperature is 50 degrees. Call the Corps of Engineers telephone hotline at 304.265.5953 for daily lake and tailwater conditions.

OHIO RIVER (New Cumberland, Pike Island, and Hannibal pools and tailwaters)
The river is a little high this week, but is predicted to fall over the next few days.  During high water conditions, some fish will move up against the bank and can be caught in the slack water along the shore or in the mouths of tributaries.  Don’t let high water conditions keep you from fishing if the weather is reasonable.

The river flow is a little above normal and somewhat muddy.  Water temperature is about 58 degrees and increasing, which will cause fish to become more active. During high water conditions, some fish will move up against the bank and can still be caught in the slack water along the shore.  The shoreline below the Morgantown Lock on the Westover side of the river can be good for sauger and walleye.  Fishing should be good in the tailwaters as the flows decrease.  Large muskies are also caught at this time of year.

Water levels do not fluctuate drastically at Cheat Lake since it is not a flood control lake.  Therefore, fishing is not significantly affected by high water conditions.  Walleye and perch should be finished spawning.  Shoreline anglers can catch channel catfish all year long.  The Cheat Lake Park is a convenient place for shoreline anglers.  Recent high discharges will have caused more fish to move up to the dam from the Monongahela River.  Try the tailwater fishing pier for walleye, sauger and many other species.


South Branch and Cacapon Rivers
Water levels throughout the area are just slightly above normal flow for this time of year.  Water temperatures are in the upper 50’s at most locations.  Streams flows are dropping quickly and should be in great fishing condition by the weekend at most locations.  Anglers are catching smallmouth bass and the bass fishing will keep getting better as fish feed in preparation for spawning.  Recent biological surveys showed smallmouth bass feeding on a wild variety of prey items.  The spring trout stocking season is underway and many streams are receiving weekly trout stockings.

Shenandoah River
Flows in the Shenandoah River are slightly above normal and dropping.  Smallmouth bass are biting and fishing plastics near the head of pools around the bedrock ledges and in eddies is always a good strategy.

North Branch River
Flows in the North Branch are currently between 500 - 700 cfs and will remain high for several more days.  The next white whitewater event on the North Branch is scheduled for the weekend of May 09 and 10.  Check the Corp or Engineers webpage for specifics or schedule changes.

Small Impoundments
Most small impoundments are in great fishing condition and some are receiving spring trout stockings.  Bass and bluegill will start biting as the water temperatures continue to increase.  Check the 2015 fishing regulations to see if your favorite impoundment is on the trout stocking schedule.

Jennings Randolph Lake
Anglers are starting to catch smallmouth bass at Jennings Randolph Lake.  Smallmouth bass feeding will continue to increase so try on slow moving plastics and crankbaits.  The West Virginia boat launch opened for the season on Wednesday April 01.  The WV launch is free and a $5 per day fee is collected for the Maryland Ramp. Jennings Randolph Lake has a dedicated phone line for up-to-date recreational information 304.355.2890.

Mt. Storm Lake
Anglers at Mount Storm Lake should target striped bass, black bass, and walleye.  Fish can be caught throughout the lake but many anglers do well fishing with chicken livers near the discharges.

Water levels are normal and clear.  If you are looking for a place to go, please check the fishing regulations and the WVDNR website for a list of public access sites or call your local WVDNR district office for some advice and a place to fish.  Trout stocking continues into May.  Make sure you purchase your 2015 WV fishing license.

May is the final month for trout stockings, so anglers that want to trout fish are encouraged to get out there and get their fill the next few weeks!  Anglers should check this year’s fishing regulations to see which waters will be stocked.  For a more up-to-date list, please call the hotline at 304.558.3399.  The New and Greenbrier rivers are in pretty good shape and anglers can catch smallmouth bass using tube jigs or spinnerbaits.  Best spots are just below a shoal or rapid or in any eddy.  Anglers may also want to try their luck at Kanawha Falls for musky or hybrid stripers (use big chubs and large white jigs for bait) or lake anglers can find some excellent bass and bluegill fishing at Plum Orchard Lake and Pipestem Lake.  Best baits are plastic worms fished slowly along the bottom; spinnerbaits are also good choices for the bass while the bluegill will take small jigs, red worms, or other small live baits.

Lower Ohio and Kanawha Rivers
Hybrid are biting below locks with walleye still being caught as well.  Catfish are biting with reports of a few large flatheads and blue catfish caught recently.  Live and or cut bait seems to be the best choice.

Guyandotte, Coal, Poca, Elk, and Mud Rivers
A few reports of very large muskies caught and released from the Elk and Coal rivers using slow moving baits and soft plastics (large tubes).

Small Impoundments
Trout stocking season is underway across the state, check for links on the WVDNR webpage or call 304.558.3399 for current reports.  Barboursville and Ridenour lakes were recently stocked.

Trout have been stocked into several lakes throughout the area.  These include Tracy Lake and Pennsboro Water Supply Reservoir in Ritchie County, Mountwood Park Lake in Wood County, Rollins Lake and Turkey Run Lake in Jackson County, Mile Tree Lake in Roane County, Cedar Creek State Park Ponds in Gilmer County, and Conaway Run Lake in Tyler County.  Check the Daily Trout Stocking report for the latest at 304.558.3399.  This information is updated daily at 4:00 PM, January through May.  Trout anglers can use a variety of baits including small worms, mealworms, salmon eggs, cheese, or trout power bait.  Small spinners, joe type flies, and trout magnets also work well, for anglers casting the shoreline or fishing from boats.  Trolling these small lures is also affective.

This is an excellent time to fish Ohio River tailwaters.  Anglers fishing below the Belleville dam are catching sauger, walleye, and a few other species.  Lead headed jigs with twister tails (white or chartreuses), which are fished along the bottom, are the lure of choice.  Clever anglers are tipping their jig hooks with minnows.  Fishing for white bass can be quite good this time of year and medium-sized white spinners work well.  Crappie can also be found in Ohio River tailwaters.  These fish are generally suspended and jigs should be counted-down to find the correct depth to fish.  Best spots to fish these areas include eddies and back-current sections, and anywhere that river flows are unusual.  Fishing along the Willow Island tailwaters is restricted due to hydro-power development.  Anglers now have access only to a point approximately 150 yards below the dam, and flows have changed significantly.

Fishing for largemouth bass in area lakes has been very good.  Slowly fished rubber worms or jig-and-pig combos, and spinner baits are good terminal tackle choices.  Area lakes with good angling opportunities include Mountwood in Wood County, Conaway Run in Tyler County, Charles Fork in Roane County, North Bend Lake in Ritchie County, and Elk Fork lakes in Jackson County.

Musky streams are not expected to be fishable this weekend.

Stream Conditions
NORTHERN Levels Conditions
Ohio River (Wheeling)     X   X  
Fish Creek   X   X  
Fishing Creek   X   X  
Big Sandy (Preston)          
Monongahela River   X   X  
Black Water Creek     X   X  
Wheeling Creek     X   X  
Buffalo Creek   X   X  
S. Branch (Potomac)     X X    
S. Branch (Smoke Hole)     X X  
Shenandoah River     X X  
Patterson Creek     X X    
N. Fork S. Branch     X X  
Cacapon River     X X  
Back Creek   X   X    
Opequon Creek   X   X  
Lost River     X X  
CENTRAL Levels Conditions
Elk (Sutton)   X   X    
Little Kanawha   X   X    
Elk (Clay)   X   X    
West Fork River   X   X    
Gauley River   X   X    
Cranberry River   X   X    
Cherry River   X   X    
Cherry River (N. Fork)   X   X    
Cherry River (S. Fork)   X   X    
Williams River   X   X    
Knapps River   X   X    
Greenbrier (E&W Forks)   X   X    
Little River   X   X    
Shavers Fork   X   X    
Buckhannon River   X   X    
Holly River   X   X    
Elk River (Webster)   X   X    
Elk River (Back Fork)   X   X    
SOUTHERN Levels Conditions
New River (Hinton)   X   X    
Greenbrier (Hinton)     X   X  
Greenbrier (Ronceverte)   X   X    
Anthony Creek   X   X    
Big Creek   X   X    
Meadow River   X   X    
Turkey Creek   X     X  
Potts Creek   X     X  
Second Creek   X     X  
Pinnacle Creek   X     X  
Horse Creek Lake   X     X  
Big Huff Creek   X     X  
Indian Creek   X     X  
Glade Creek (New River)   X     X  
Marsh Fork   X     X  
New River (Gauley)   X   X    
Glade Creek (Man)   X   X    
Camp Creek   X     X  
East River   X     X  
Fork Creek   X     X  
Dry Fork Creek   X     X  
Berwind Lake   X     X  
Little Kanawha River   X X  
Ohio River   X X  
Hughes River   X X  

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Are You Ready for GMO Mosquitoes?

Biotech firm Oxitec have given no evidence to support
claim that the modified insects will reduce dengue fever

The Gilmer Free Press

This week, local officials in the Florida Keys will decide whether to approve the first-ever release of genetically engineered (GMO) mosquitoes in the United States. Yes, you read that right: lab-engineered mosquitoes could be released in one of America’s favorite tourist destinations very soon, even though it’s unclear if any government agency has evaluated the full array of health and environmental risks associated with these new GMO insects.

Unfortunately, the Florida Keys Tourist Development Council (TDC) and the Monroe County Board of Commissioners have been conspicuously absent from the conversation about GMO mosquitoes even though this experiment could have a direct impact on business in the Keys. The proposal to release millions of these mosquitoes by British company Oxitec is instead being vetted by a small, local board called the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District. This mosquito district has touted GMO mosquitoes as a potential boon to tourism in the Keys because they could reduce dengue fever, though the Keys haven’t had a case in a half-decade.

Of course, Florida’s mosquito problem should not be trivialized. Dengue fever is a leading cause of illness and death for those in tropical and subtropical climates, according to the Centers for Disease Control. But Oxitec has not provided evidence to support that its mosquitoes will be able to effectively control dengue. On the contrary, reports from the field suggest the opposite. Malaysia’s Health Minister recently announced that after field-testing Oxitec’s mosquitos, the country will not be pursuing the program because it was not cost-effective. Additionally, one Brazilian town was still at the highest alert for dengue fever even after Oxitec’s mosquitoes were released there in 2013.

Even if these bugs did successfully wipe out the entire population of the targeted A. aegypti mosquito, the Asian tiger mosquito (also a known vector of dengue and other diseases) could easily take its place. Letting tiger mosquitoes become more commonplace would only make a new dengue fever carrier more prevalent.

Oxitec claims that its mosquitoes are engineered with a lethal gene that is supposed to break the pest’s reproductive cycle because its offspring, for the most part, die before reaching adulthood. The company claims this would theoretically reduce the mosquito population and the prevalence of dengue fever without the need for pesticides. But the Mosquito Control District has not done enough to identify insecticide alternatives. Instead of exploring a range of options, they have hastily and aggressively pursued Oxitec’s GMO mosquito program despite strong public opposition and a lack of peer-reviewed data.

Significant public opposition defeated Oxitec’s first plan to release GMO mosquitoes in Key West in 2012, but Oxitec is now poised to win approval in Key Haven, a peninsula just a few miles east of Key West. Hundreds of thousands of citizens from across the country have written local, state and federal officials to oppose this plan and last week, hundreds of people called the local tourism council to ask that the Keys be preserved as a national treasure for tourists and residents alike, not for GMO mosquito experiments.

It is puzzling that any local official would sit on the sidelines while GMO mosquitoes were allowed to potentially tarnish the reputation that most Americans have of the Florida Keys as a pristine island paradise. But that is exactly what the Florida Keys Tourist Development Council and the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners have been doing.

It’s high time that local officials took decisive steps to stop this bizarre plan now instead of inheriting the more difficult task of attracting visitors to a place where residents and tourists are the subjects of a science experiment. It’s clear now that GMO mosquitoes could not only harm public health and the environment—they may also be bad for business.

~~  Wenonah Hauter - Executive director of Food & Water Watch ~~

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