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West Virginia Wildlife
Free Fishing Weekend
Patrick McMurtry Have A Blast...No Charge!

June 5, 2013
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice


Weather in the 80's, sun not to hot, no big rain issues, this does indeed look like a perfect weekend to get out and enjoy the outdoors. And if that's not enough, we have something to sweeten the pot, you can fish anywhere in the state this weekend for free. Jim Walker, a biologist with The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, explains this weekend.

"This coming weekend is free fishing weekend and typically 15 and under kids don't have to buy a license, it's always free for them, but anyone over 15 can fish for free all weekend. No license required on any state water, you can go fishing for free the whole weekend."

That's pretty cool, and once you get out and see what it's like to get a nice bass or trout on your line, maybe you'll remember what it was like when you used to go out and fish with your grandpa or another favorite relative.

"You always have fond memories of fishing with family and friends and this weekend you can get your friends and neighbors out there and have some real outdoor memories." says Walker.

You can do that for nothing Saturday and Sunday, and after a busy and hectic week of working, it's nice to have something relaxing to look forward to, and some good memories to look back on.

"We set this up to rediscover the joy of fishing. I know people have fond memories of fishing as a kid, but you get into your adult years, you get busy and it kind of gets put on the back burner. This is a way to re-energize in a hobby they love for free." says Walker.

The DNR has a couple of fishing derbies this weekend in Elkins and Beckley where all you have to do is show up and you can catch some fish without dishing out a dime. That's pretty sweet.

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