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West Virginia Wildlife
New River Fishing
Patrick McMurtry World Class Fishing Close By

October 16, 2013
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice


We are lucky here in West Virginia to have some of the best fishing in the country. From trout, to musky...walleye and small mouth, you can catch them all right here, and things don't get much better than fishing the New River. Mark Scott is a fisheries biologist with The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, he grew up fishing the New and knows it well.

"The river is known as a small mouth fishery, it's world class small mouth as far as numbers and size. For the last 6 or 7 years, we have been working on the native walleye population, trying to re-introduce it and build it back up to historic levels. We seem to be having good luck. We started out with fry from Virginia, they're doing well and we're getting brood stock every year from the New River."

Those walleye and other fish do so well in the New River because it is very unique, in fact, it shares an unusual characteristic with one of the most famous rivers in the world.

"One of the best things about the New is it flows from the south, it's one of only two rivers in the world that flows north, the New and the Nile. Coming from the south, it's going to warm up a little earlier in the year and stay warm a little longer and the growing season may be a little bit longer. The productivity coming from Bluestone Dam is great, there are a lot of nutrients coming in from North Carolina and Virginia." says Scott.

There is also a lot of water, the New is a very large river, and while that provides plenty of opportunity to get on the river and fish, don't be lulled into thinking it's a tame body of water.

"The New is pretty accessible from where it comes in from the state. There is access from Bluestone, below the dam down to Hinton is probably the most fished area in the state. It's very shallow, wade-able area. From there on down, there are put ins and take outs all up and down the river. But remember, it's a big river and can be dangerous, you don't want to just get your canoe and jump in if you haven't been out here." says Scott.

In fact, you might want to consider hiring a guide to take you out for your first trip on the New, they know where the fish are and they'll keep you safe.

LEARN MORE at the W. Va. DNR


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