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West Virginia Wildlife
Winter Trout Stocking
Patrick McMurtry January Means Winter Trout Stocking

January 23, 2013
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice


These babies are raring to go and West Virginia Division of Natural Resources biologists are about ready to get them into some West Virginia waters near you.

Rainbow, brown, golden and brookies...The trout stocking program is underway and about to go into high gear.

Mike Shingleton, the WV DNR Assistant Chief, breaks down the details, "The fish will average, when we stock, somewhere around 11 inches, 10 to 11, there will be some variety. Our stocking program kicks up a notch in February because we add the waters that get bi-weekly, then monthlies get their stockings and the weeklies get two stockings in Feb.

Then in March, the DNR will begin stocking even more fish in rivers, streams and lakes all over West Virginia. Fish they've nurtured from small fryes into foot long fighters.

"March, April and May are the peak of our stocking season. By the time we are finished, we'll have stocked somewhere around 750,000 pounds of trout and that equates to about 1.2 million trout that have been stocked into about 200 waters state-wide." says Shingleton.

Stocking trout is more than a job to the men and women working the DNR hatcheries-it's a labor of love. They get a kick out of raising these beautiful fish and keeping a Mountain State tradition alive and going strong.

And even when the stocking program is over in May, you'll still be able to battle it out with the trout in many streams in West Virginia.

"We have waters in the northern panhandle, southern, the mountains are traditional, that's where a lot of our stocking takes place and after our stocking program is over in May, particularly in the mountains, the waters continue to provide anglers with fishing opportunities because they carry trout over in the summer time."

LEARN MORE at the W. Va. DNR


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