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West Virginia Wildlife
Holly River Stocking
Patrick McMurtry A Popular Park Makes A Comeback

April 16, 2014
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice

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This is the perfect time of year to grab a pole, pick up some bait and hit the woods heading for your favorite trout stream. For a lot of folks living in the middle part of the state, that used to mean heading to Holly River State Park, but mother nature put a crimp in those plans a couple of years ago. Ken McClintic is the superintendent at Holly River and he remembers the storm well.

"It was October 29, 2012, the remnants of Hurricane Sandy dumped three feet of wet, heavy, snow on the area. It brought down a lot of timber, electrical lines, poles, pretty much devastated the area and had us shut down for a year."

You can see what kind of damage Ken's talking about. It took a lot of work to get things cleaned up, and that meant no fishing.

"During the spring we normally stock trout that time of year, but we had so much damage and we had contractors running up the road with heavy equipment, we felt it would be better to not stock so it would be safe for contractors and anglers." says McClintic.


In the last year and a half, the crews have really spruced up Holly River State Park, and now the streams are ready to take all the trout the DNR can give them.

"Our fish came from the Bowden hatchery. They bring them over on the truck with a tank, we transfer them from their truck to ours, our guys actually do the stocking, a five mile section." says McClintic.

And since Ken's guys know the area, they know exactly where to take their buckets of fish and get them in to some good holes. Now it's time for you to go out and find them. Good luck!



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