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West Virginia Wildlife
Fall Fishing
Patrick McMurtry Don't Store Your Fishing Pole Just Yet

October 3, 2012
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice


More often than not, when we're fishing on the New River, we're fishing with Mark Scott. We hit the New a couple of weeks ago and found out this is a great time to get your pole and hit the water.

Scott is a fisheries biologist with The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, he says many anglers miss out on one of the best times of the year to fish. "Fall fishing is, to me, one of the best times to fish in West Virginia, although it's probably one of the least fished times because everyone is shooting their bow, getting ready for bow season, it gets bypassed, especially later in the year. We get into September or October, but really as the water cools down, this is some of the best fishing of the year."

It really is nice, it's warm, but not hot, and the water's moving pretty good...but not too fast, and the fish are biting. All it takes is a little patience.

"As the water cool downs, the fish are going to be up on the surface. You're going to be able to fish top water baits, but fishing's still fishing. Some days, like today, it's been a little slower early on, but it's going to be the same. Be prepared with your jigs to fish deep if you need to." says Scott.

The most important thing to remember is to be safe, only fish parts of the river you're familiar with because the rapids can sneak up on you. Just putting forth the time and effort to fall fish is also key.

"The biggest tip is just go fishing. Put your bow down, your gun down and give up a day of hunting to go hit the river. This time of year the water's low, so just be aware of your surroundings. Safety wise, wear your life preservers, things like that, but it's an excellent time to be out fishing." says Scott.

Take it from me, the fishing's great this time of year, and you could wind up with the river to yourself. People pay big bucks to come to WV to do this and you can do it for nothing.

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