SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) stocked more than 1,000 catchable-sized channel catfish at seven state park lakes in June. This popular Catfish in the Parks program provides additional fishing opportunities at Cacapon, Cedar Creek, Chief Logan, Little Beaver, Pipestem, Tomlinson Run and Watoga state parks.
The stockings took place before West Virginia’s Free Fishing Days held June 11-12.
“Fishing with your family and friends is a great way to enjoy the outdoors,” said Bret Preston, assistant chief of the Wildlife Resources Section. “Catfish in the Parks can provide the opportunity to introduce someone to fishing or reacquaint a friend or family member to fishing.”
New to the program this year is the addition of a “mystery lake,” home to tagged catfish.
“One of the state parks lakes will be stocked with tagged catfish,” said Sissie Summers with the state park system. “Lucky anglers who catch a tagged fish and submit the tag information are eligible to receive a free overnight stay at North Bend State Park.”
The free stay is redeemable Sundays through Thursdays. Anglers receiving the free night reward may opt to stay Friday or Saturday night for a $40 room rate.
Anglers who catch a tagged fish are asked to return the tag or the tag number, along with information on the date of capture, whether 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 to 304-420-4550 or provide the information by email to [email protected]
Additional information about the catfish tagging programs can be found at www.wvdnr.gov/Fishing/Fish_Tagging.shtm.