Free Fishing Weekend
Jeff Hansbarger, a wildlife biologist with The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, says everyone should take advantage of this great opportunity, "It's a great thing, it's free! You don't have to worry about buying a license and we hope people do take advantage of that. It's open to anybody, residents and non-residents. It's to get people involved in fishing, to get people out to try it out with out having to buy a license in the first place."
Free Fishing Weekend is June 12 and 13 and covers every creek, river, lake and pond in the state. All you need is the equipment, bait and a game plan, especially if you're taking small kids.
"Make sure it's within the kid's guidelines, you don't want to over emphasize fishing, maybe where you or your friends do it all day, you just want to let them have fun-that's the big thing-get them interested at their pace. Sometimes they want to mix other things in with it and not fish the whole day. With youngsters you don't want to say we're gonna do this from this time to this time, ask them what they want to do and coincide that with other activities." says Hansbarger.
Remember that it's easier to let the kids fish for things easy to catch, like blue gill or catfish, and the Division of Natural Resources is making that easy to do.
"We stock quite a few lakes around the state with catfish that coincides with Free Fishing Weekend, several around here, Hurricane Lake, Chief Logan, we had a stocking of catchable catfish." says Hansbarger.
And even if you don't catch too many, at least you'll be bonding with your loved one. .
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