WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr


West Virginia Wildlife
Cold Weather Fishing
Patrick McMurtry Be Safe, Smart, And Warm On The River

January 30, 2013
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice

EYEWITNESS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO


It's been really warm this winter, but the water where we are in Shaver's Fork is nearly ice cold...it's 37 degrees and the fish are not exactly chomping our bait. That means we have to explore every hole in the river and that takes a lot of walking, dangerous conditions if you're not careful, and prepared.

David Thorne, a WV DNR biologists, offers a few tips. "You don't want to get cold, you don't want to get wet. We have pretty mild conditions for a mid-winter day now, but if it were 10-20 degrees colder, if it's snowing, if it's raining, you want to wear appropriate gear."

David says hypothermia can be a big, and dangerous, problem if you get in the ice cold water without wearing the right gear. As an illustration, we are wearing two different types of waders. Mine is good for mild to warm weather, but Dave has the warm stuff on.

"I've got neoprene waders on, these are a benefit when it's cold, if it's cold, an extra layer of insulation or flotation if you fall in. You want to keep your hands warm, wear gloves. I usually have fingerless mitts with a cover that goes over the fingers to keep them warm. Wool is good, synthetics is always good. Cotton is not the best fabric, I've got a cotton sweatshirt on, but if it gets wet, it takes a long time to dry. A good fleece is always a better bet." says Thorne.

Of course, the best bet is to dress in layers, have dry clothes, and try your best not to get your skin wet. That's tough to do when you're wading in water trying to catch trout, but if you do get wet, keep one thing in mind.

"The biggest thing in getting warm is to get dry."

With these tips, fishing the winter can be safe and fun.



LEARN MORE at the W. Va. DNR


RECENT WILDLIFE STORIES

W.Va. Wildlife from Eyewitness News April 16, 2014
Holly River Stocking
A Popular Park Makes A Comeback Video

W.Va. Wildlife from Eyewitness News April 9, 2014
Shavers Fork
Restoring A Legendary Fishery Video

W.Va. Wildlife from Eyewitness News April 2, 2014
Archery Tournament
State Tournament Lands In Charleston Video

W.Va. Wildlife from Eyewitness News March 18, 2014
Fishing In Cold Water
Bundle Up And Wet Your Line Video

W.Va. Wildlife from Eyewitness News March 19, 2014
Cold Weather Hatchery
Cold Temperatures Effect Stocking Program Video

GET MORE STORIES IN THE
W.Va. WILDLIFE ARCHIVE





GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA'S WILDLIFE
Visit WV DNR




Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site






Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.