Let’s Go Fishing
Last week I was surprised to see the DNR stocking truck dipping nets full of fish into Knapps Creek. Then I remembered, IT’S SPRING. Yea, Spring, with its brightly colored flowers, peeping frogs, warmer temperatures, and the Rubber Footed Flannel Crested River Wader, better known as the legendary Angler.
As the snow melts, the streams rush with cold, clear, sparkling water filled with trout and bass, which lure the Angler into our waters. The call is strong and those of us in the tourism business understand the importance of this rite of spring. This migration is what keeps our tourism program strong until the official summer season starts on Memorial Day.
The lodging establishments adapt their ski racks to accommodate fishing poles. Local stores stock up on rubber worms, 6 # test line, fishing license and stamps. Convenience stores supply the angler with snacks for consumption during daylight hours and local restaurants are prepared to feed them, as they get ready to rest and start another day.
Pocahontas County is a fantastic habitat for this avid sportsperson. Eight rivers (the Greenbrier, Gauley, Elk, Cherry, Cranberry, Tygart Valley, Williams and Shavers Fork of the Cheat) and countless streams flow out of our mountains. The county also features several small lakes that provide great fishing. These cold, clear rivers and streams are the sites of the finest trout fishing in the state, and many are on the state trout-stocking program that started in January and will be stocked once a week from March through May.
With the water table high, this time of year is also a great time to arrange a Greenbrier River float trip. Elk River Touring Center and Appalachian Sport can help put together fishing trips for one or a large group. You can find information about these businesses on our website, PocahontasCountyWV.com or call us at 1-800-336-7009 and we will help you find what you need.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has a very informative website, www.wvfish.com. They post updated daily trout stocking schedules and offer fishing licenses for sale with no issuing fee. You can also pick up the 2011 Fishing Regulations at our visitor center in Marlinton.
I hope everyone had a great winter and look forward to a wonderful spring fishing season.