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West Virginia Wildlife
Free Fishing Weekend
Patrick McMurtry No License? No Problem This Weekend!

June 6, 2012
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice


In these days of economic worry and watching every penny, it's nice to let you know about something that's absolutely free for everyone in West Virginia...free fishing weekend is just a couple days away.

Aaron Yeager, a biologist for The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, explains how it works. "Free Fishing Weekend is June 9th thru the 10th this year, it's a great opportunity to get out, get your kids out and not have to worry about buying a license. It's good for residents and non-residents alike, so if your relatives are in from out of town, you don't have to worry about having to buy them a license."

The hook here is to get folks hooked on fishing. Like anything else, you won't know if you like fishing if you don't try it, and the Division of Natural Resources is betting that most of you will find casting a line and catching a fish is a thrill you'll want to keep experiencing. And if you're worried about spending money on something you're not sure your kids will like....well, this is the perfect opportunity to give fishing a try.

"You want to take your kids fishing for the first time, and you don't have to worry about it, you don't need a trout stamp for two days, you can take advantage of the trout waters in our mountain counties. It's a great opportunity for everyone to get back into the sport if you've been away from fishing for a while." says Yeager.

And no matter where you live in the state, there's good fishing nearby. You don't have to drive too far from Charleston to be in some really good fishing spots.

"Some of the best places around Charleston are the lock and dam tail waters, there's Beechfork Lake, East Lynn Lake, we have several that are close. Coonskin Park has a nice pond you can take your kids to, the Elk River is close and that's a great place to fish." says Yeager.

Or you can just head out to your grandpa's pond and cast a line and catch up a mess of blue gill or perch....pan fish are fun to catch and great to eat...and this weekend, you can do it for nothing!

LEARN MORE at the W. Va. DNR


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