AMHERSTDALE, W.Va. — Buffalo Creek became an angler’s paradise brimming with trout Monday, March 28 as the Annual Children’s Fishing Day was held by the Buffalo Creek Watershed Association (BCWA).
Starting at 9 a.m., around three hundred people began filtering into Justin McCoy Park to take part in the 12th such event held by the BCWA.
Perry Harvey, board member of the BCWA, explained, “We try to do what we can with the kids to get them involved in fishing and keep them away from drugs.”
In all, 1,500 pounds of trout where stocked along Buffalo Creek with 500 pounds going into the creek at Justin McCoy Memorial Park.
Harvey noted the group was able to secure 100 brand new fishing rods and tackle bags which were raffled off to children throughout the area.
The BCWA also provided free pizza and refreshments throughout the day.
Harvey added the BCWA encourages everyone to keep the area’s streams and waterways clean and free of litter.
President of the Logan County Commission (LCC) Danny Godby commented the LCC is always happy to support the children’s fish day.
Godby added anyone in the county can call the LCC and report large objects and litter in the area’s streams.
“It’s been our policy for years. If you give a call, we’ll come and pick it up,” added Godby.
Director of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Bob Fala was also on hand at the event and stated the children’s fish day was one of the best such events in the area.
Fala also alluded to the introduction of elk into the area noting the elk would be introduced, “…by this year.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]