And it is about time. The weather is getting better by the day and the old brown drab landscape is coming alive with new colors seemingly every day. The bright greens and brilliant reds and yellows definitely lift the spirits after a long cold winter.
They also tend to cause a flare-up of that age old ailment most outdoors folks get around this time each year…the dreaded Spring Fever! It is rumored, but no scientific proof has been presented, that when some folks get spring fever they love to get out in the yard and start mowing, raking fallen leaves and branches, or even open every window in the house and start cleaning vigorously.
This seems a bit odd when it has been proven, quite un-scientifically, that the best thing for a case of spring fever is to go fishing! Right now there is an abundance of things to fish for and plenty of pretty days to enjoy it.
After a long winter fish are feeling a bit of spring fever as well and are out to eat just about anything that doesn’t eat them first. This makes it a good time to be a fisherman, couple that with being right in the middle of the WVDNR Trout stocking season then it shouldn’t be too hard to find a place to go fishing.
The younger generations aren’t immune to Spring Fever either. This is probably what started the tradition of spring break. Whoever thought up the idea of giving the students a week off in the spring had to be a fisherman.
What better way to spend a week off than fishing? It doesn’t matter if you are in kindergarten, a college senior, or even a senior citizen for that matter, who wouldn’t want to fish on spring break.
I certainly took advantage of many a spring break to go fishing! There are already plenty of fishing opportunities around and a couple of local watershed groups are going the extra mile to make sure those kids have plenty of fish to catch while they are not in school.
The Buffalo Creek Watershed association will be holding their Annual Kids Spring Fish Day on Monday March 28, 2016. Festivities will kick off around 10am at the Justin McCoy Park on Buffalo Creek. There will be plenty of prizes given out to the kids and food and drink will be provided.
What better way to start out a Spring Break than to have the chance to win a new fishing rod and then put it to use and catch some fish that the Association will stock to kick start the fishing day. All of this on top of a stream that is already teaming with hungry trout from its regular state stockings should make for some great fun. For more information be sure to check out the Buffalo Creek Watershed Association Facebook page.
If you and the kids don’t get your fill of fishing from the Buffalo Creek event, the Huff Creek Watershed Association plans to add some fun of their own to the spring waters. They will be holding their 2nd Annual Pat Donahue Fish Day for Kids on Saturday, April 2nd.
The Huff Creek Event will kick off in front of the Mallory Church of God at 10am. Huff creek will be stocked with plenty of trout ready for the catch. There will also be plenty of snacks, beverages and prizes to be handed out to the kids under 12 in attendance. More prizes and more fish, what could be better than that?
Having been fortunate enough to know Pat Donahue and his love for the outdoors, especially getting kids outdoors, I am sure this event will once again do his namesake proud and make a lot of young people happy and get them enjoying the outdoors.
For more information on this 2nd Annual event feel free to contact Patrick Donahue at 304-855-5213 or check out the Huff Creek Watershed Associations Facebook page.
Even if you don’t fit the age requirement for the youth fishing, grab a rod and reel and head out to the nearest fishing hole. You just might find some fish as eager to take the bait as you are to reel them in.
You can always check out the latest stream stockings on the WVDNR website at www.wvdnr.gov/Fishing/Stocking/DailyStock.shtm. The website is updated daily so you will know just where the freshest fishing will be.
Don’t fret if your favorite waters haven’t been stocked in a few weeks, there is almost always a hold over or two that is more than ready for an easy meal to come floating through. After all, spring is here and turkey season is a month away, we might as well fish!
Roger Wolfe is an Outdoor Columnist for Civitas Media. He can be reached at [email protected]