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REGULATIONS – SummarySpeciesDaily CreelLimitMinimumSizePossessionLimit*Special RegulationsBlack BassSmallmouth,Largemouth, andSpotted6*(in anycombination)None*12*(in anycombination)Jennings Randolph Lake: 12-inch minimum size limit, daily creellimit 5, and possession limit 10.See Special Area Regulationsfor additional restrictions.TroutRainbow, Golden, Brookand Brown6*(in anycombination)None12*(in anycombination)Jennings Randolph Lake: Daily creel limit 5, and possessionlimit 5.See Special Area Regulationsfor additional restrictions.Muskellunge 2* 30 inches* 4*Tiger Musky 2* 28 inches* 4*Northern Pike 2 28 inches* 4*Jennings Randolph Lake: 36-inch minimum size limit, daily creellimit 1, and possession limit 1 for muskellunge in aggregate withTiger Musky.See Special Area Regulationsfor additional restrictions.Jennings Randolph Lake: 30-inch minimum sizelimit, daily creel limit 2, and possession limit 2.Hybrid Striped BassStriped BassWhite BassHybrid Striped BassStriped BassWhite Bass30*(in anycombination)Hybrid Striped BassStriped BassWhite BassPaddlefishShovelnose SturgeonLake SturgeonSauger Lakes - 8*Rivers - 10*Saugeye(in anyWalleyecombination)no morethan four fishgreater than15 inches30 Statewide, except in designated special regulations waters4* 15 inches* 4* Mt. Storm and East Lynn lakes0 0 0Rollins Lake: all hybrid striped bass, striped bass and white bassmust be returned to the water immediately.0 0 0 All fish must be returned to the water immediately.None*Lakes - 16*Rivers - 20(in anycombination)Blue Catfish 2 24 inches None StatewideJennings Randolph Lake: 15-inch minimum size limit, daily creellimit 5, and possession limit 5 for walleye.See Special Area Regulations for additional restrictions on walleye.Channel Catfish 4* None 16*In state-managed impoundments (See Public <strong>Fishing</strong> Lakesand Ponds Chart, pg. 10-11): Daily creel limit 4, possession limit 16.No restrictions on Mt. Storm, Stonecoal, Cheat,U.S. Army Corps <strong>of</strong> Engineers lakes and all riversand streams.Yellow Perch None* None None Cheat Lake: Daily creel limit 15All Others None* None* None*Jennings Randolph Lake: 14-inch minimumsize limit, daily creel limit 5, and possessionlimit 5 for chain pickerel.FrogsGreen and Bull10 None 20Season: 9 p.m. DST, June 16 to midnight July 31.Big Sandy and Tug Fork rivers bordering KentuckySeason: Noon (EST), May 18 to midnight, October 31.Check the 2012 Maryland <strong>Fishing</strong> Regulations for special regulations on the North Branch <strong>of</strong> the Potomac and Potomac rivers.2 W E S T V I R G I N I A F I S H I N G


Special Areas – REGULATIONSBLACK BASSCatch-and-Release1. All black bass (smallmouth, spotted and largemouth)caught must be returned to the water at once.2. No black bass shall be in the angler’s possession (creel limit 0)while fishing in designated catch-and-release lakes and streams.3. To release a deeply hooked or gill-hooked fish, the lineshould be cut 5 to 6 inches above the lure.LakesDunkard Fork, Elk Fork, Kimsey Run, Millers Fork Pond,North Bend, O’Brien, Rockhouse, Stonewall Jackson,Tuckahoe, Upper Mud and Woodrum.StreamsNew River – Fayette, Raleigh and Summers counties12-mile section from the I-64 bridge at Sandstonedownstream to NPS Grandview Sandbar access site nearQuinnimont. Access by state Route 41 at Quinnimont andstate Route 20 at Sandstone.South Branch <strong>of</strong> Potomac River –Hardy and Hampshire countiesArea 1 8-mile section in Hardy County from 3 miles east<strong>of</strong> Petersburg at the routes 28, 55 and 220 bridge(Petersburg Gap bridge) downstream to thecounty Route 13 bridge (Fisher bridge).Area 2 9.5-mile section in Hampshire County from the routes28 and 50 bridge (Romney bridge) downstream tothe state Route 28 bridge (Blue Beach bridge).HANDLING & RELEASE PROCEDURESWhen practicing catch-and-release fishing, survival <strong>of</strong> the releasedfish can be greatly enhanced by following these simple guidelines.1. Time is important - play and release the fish as quickly aspossible to reduce unnecessary stress.2. Keep the fish in the water as much as possible anduse a pair <strong>of</strong> forceps or needle-nosed pliers to remove the hook.3. Handle the fish with bare, wet hands. Do not squeeze the fish,put your fingers in the eyes or gills, or cause scale loss.4. When releasing the fish, hold it gently in the water until the fishis ready to swim <strong>of</strong>f on its own.5. You may take time to snap a quick photo <strong>of</strong> your catch beforereleasing it.Minimum Size Limit1. All black bass (smallmouth, spotted and largemouth) under12 inches long must be returned to the water at once.2. Measure fish from the tip <strong>of</strong> snout to the end <strong>of</strong> tail. SeeMeasuring Fish on page 4.3. To release a deeply hooked or gill-hooked fish, cut the line5 to 6 inches above the lure.LakesBarboursville, Beech Fork, Chief Logan and Conaway Run.StreamsWheeling Creek – Marshall and Ohio countiesEntire length.Ohio RiverEntire length <strong>of</strong> Ohio River from the mouth <strong>of</strong> Mill Creek,Hancock County, downstream to the mouth <strong>of</strong> the BigSandy River, Wayne County. This regulation applies to allwaters included in the Ohio River Reciprocal Agreementwith the State <strong>of</strong> Ohio.Slot LimitLakes1. All black bass (smallmouth, spotted and largemouth) from12 to 16 inches long must be returned to the water at once.2. All black bass harvested must be in accordance with thedaily creel limit regulation.3. To release a deeply hooked or gill-hooked fish, cut the line5 to 6 inches above the lure.South Mill CreekStreams1. All black bass (smallmouth, spotted and largemouth) from12 to 20 inches long must be returned to the water at once.2. Daily creel limit <strong>of</strong> one black bass over 20 inches caughtwithin the slot limit area. Black bass under 12 inches may beharvested. All black bass harvested must be in accordancewith the daily creel limit regulation.3. To release a deeply hooked or gill-hooked fish, cut the line5 to 6 inches above the lure.Greenbrier River – Greenbrier County6-mile section beginning at the U.S. Route 60 bridge nearCaldwell extending downstream to the U.S. Route 219bridge at Ronceverte.REGULATIONS OPEN HOUSEMarch 12, 2012Fairmont, Lewisburg, Martinsburg, Milton, Spencerand SummersvilleMarch 13, 2012Elkins, Glen Dale, Logan, Moorefield, Parkersburg andMullens2 0 1 2 R E G U L A T I O N S S U M M A R Y 3


Special Areas – REGULATIONSTROUTCatch-and-ReleaseStreams1. <strong>Fishing</strong> permitted during daylight hours only.2. Only artificial flies and lures made <strong>of</strong> metal, wood,feathers, hair, or synthetic material may be used orpossessed on catch-and-release trout streams during thecatch-and-release season. No lure or fly with any scent,oil, or edible enticement added onto, or impregnatedinto (regardless if the scent is added in the manufacturingprocess or applied afterward), may be used or possessedon any catch-and-release trout stream.3. Multiple hook lures must have barbless hooks.4. Single hook lures may have barbed hooks.5. To release a deeply hooked or gill-hooked fish, the leadershould be cut 5 to 6 inches above the lure.6. All trout caught must be returned to the water at once.7. No trout shall be in the angler’s possession while onstream sections designated as catch-and-release streams.Powerbait, Gulp and other manufactured scented baitsare considered illegal under this section and may not beused or possessed on catch-and-release streams.Back Fork <strong>of</strong> Elk River – Webster County4-mile section beginning 2 miles upstream from WebsterSprings and extending upstream. Access by county routes24 and 24/3.Blackwater River – Tucker County3.5-mile section from the county Route 29/1 bridge inBlackwater Falls State Park downstream to the mouth <strong>of</strong>the North Fork.Cranberry River –Webster, Pocahontas and Nicholas counties1. 4.3-mile section from the junction <strong>of</strong> the North andSouth forks downstream to the low water bridge atDogway Fork. Access by foot on National Forest Route76 from the Cranberry Glades parking area.2. Nicholas County – 1.2-mile section from the WoodbineRecreation Area downstream to Camp Splinter(Jakeman Run). Access by National Forest Route 76 fromRichwood.Elk River – Randolph County2-mile section from the Elk Springs Campgrounddownstream to Rose Run bridge. Access by county Route49 <strong>of</strong>f state Route 15 about 4 miles west <strong>of</strong> Valley Head.Glade Creek <strong>of</strong> New River – Raleigh County3-mile section from the mouth upstream to the NationalPark Service foot bridge. Access by Glade Creek Road <strong>of</strong>fstate Route 41.North Branch <strong>of</strong> Potomac River – Grant and Mineral countiesSee the current Maryland <strong>Fishing</strong> Regulations for specialregulations on the North Branch <strong>of</strong> the Potomac and PotomacRivers.North Fork <strong>of</strong> Cherry River – Nicholas County1.8-mile section extending upstream from Richwood’s watersupply dam to first state Route 39 bridge. Access by state Route 39.North Fork <strong>of</strong> Cranberry River – Pocahontas County0.25-mile section from the mouth upstream to the limestonetreatment dam. Access by foot on National Forest Route 76.North Fork <strong>of</strong> the South Branch – Pendleton County0.75-mile section at the mouth <strong>of</strong> Seneca Creek near Seneca RocksVisitors Center. Access by county Route 28/3 at junction <strong>of</strong> stateRoute 28 and U.S. Route 33 at Seneca Rocks.Paint Creek – Fayette County2-mile section from mouth <strong>of</strong> Skitter Creek upstream to mouth <strong>of</strong>Milburn Creek. Access is by county Route 15.Shavers Fork <strong>of</strong> Cheat River – Randolph County1. 5.5-mile section in Monongahela National Forest, north <strong>of</strong> U. S.Route 250, from the mouth <strong>of</strong> Whitmeadow Run downstreamto the mouth <strong>of</strong> McGee Run. Access by National Forest Route92, which intersects U.S. Route 250 four miles west <strong>of</strong> CheatBridge.2. 0.9-mile section encompassing the Stuart Recreation Area dayuse area downstream <strong>of</strong> Bowden. Access by foot from countyroute 6 on River Loop Trail, or by driving into Stuart RecreationArea to river (U.S. Forest Service day-use fee charged frommid-April through September).Slatyfork section <strong>of</strong> Elk River – Pocahontas County4.6-mile section from the junction <strong>of</strong> Big Spring and Old Fieldforks downstream to the mouth <strong>of</strong> Dry Branch including Props Runand Big Run. Access by foot from county routes 219/2 on the northand 219/12 on the south.South Branch <strong>of</strong> the Potomac River – Pendleton County1-mile section beginning 2 miles below U.S. Route 220 at EagleRock and extending downstream. Access by county Route 2.Williams River – Pocahontas County2-mile section beginning 2 miles below Tea Creek and extendingdownstream. Access by National Forest Route 86.Delayed Harvest Streams1. Catch-and-release regulations apply: October 1 – May 31.2. General regulations apply: June 1 – September 30.Bluestone River – Summers County1-mile section from the mouth <strong>of</strong> Mountain Creek downstream toa stream gauge station withinPipestem State Park.2 0 1 2 R E G U L A T I O N S S U M M A R Y 5


REGULATIONS – Special AreasTROUT CONTINUEDDelayed Harvest Streams continuedClear Fork <strong>of</strong> the Guyandotte River – Wyoming County1-mile section from the R.D. Bailey WMA manager’sresidence downstream to the state Route 6 bridge.Middle Wheeling Creek – Ohio County1.2-mile section from just above the upper limits <strong>of</strong> MiddleWheeling Creek Lake upstream to mouth <strong>of</strong> Gillespie Run.Access by county Route 39/6.Fly-fishing-OnlyStreams1. <strong>Fishing</strong> permitted during daylight hours only.2. Only artificial flies and streamers may be used or inpossession on any <strong>of</strong> the fly-fishing-only streams.3. Only conventional fly-fishing tackle may be used. Open-faceand closed-face spinning or spincast reels are prohibited.4. All fish caught must be returned to water at once.5. No trout shall be in the angler’s possession while on streamsections designated as fly-fishing-only streams.6. No lure or fly with any scent, oil, or edible enticement addedonto, or impregnated into (regardless if the scent is addedin the manufacturing process or applied afterward), may beused or possessed on any fly-fishing-only trout stream.Powerbait, Gulp and other manufactured scented baitsare considered illegal under this section and may not beused or possessed on fly-fishing-only trout streams.Buffalo Creek <strong>of</strong> New River – Fayette CountyMain stream and all tributaries <strong>of</strong> Buffalo Creek. Access byfoot from county Route 25.Dogway Fork <strong>of</strong> the Cranberry – Webster, Pocahontasand Greenbrier countiesMain stream and all tributaries <strong>of</strong> Dogway Fork. Access byfoot on National Forest Route 78.Milligan Creek – Greenbrier CountyMarked area about 1 mile north <strong>of</strong> U.S. Route 60 from thecounty Route 60/15 bridge extending downstream about.33 mile to a fence crossing.Red Run <strong>of</strong> Dry Fork – Tucker CountyMain stream and all tributaries <strong>of</strong> Red Run. Access by footfrom state Route 72 and National Forest Route 13.Second Creek – Greenbrier and Monroe countiesMarked 1.5-mile section on the Monroe/Greenbrier countyline at Rodgers Mill.Thorn Creek – Pendleton CountyMarked .5-mile section beginning approximately 3 milesabove the mouth. Access is by county Route 20.WALLEYEMinimum Size LimitRivers1. All walleye under 18 inches long must be returned to the water atonce.2. Daily creel limit <strong>of</strong> 2 walleye.3. Measure fish from the tip <strong>of</strong> snout to the end <strong>of</strong> tail. See MeasuringFish on page 4.4. To release a deeply hooked or gill-hooked fish, cut the line 5 to 6inches above the lure.Cheat, Kanawha, New (mouth <strong>of</strong> Gauley River upstream toHawks Nest Dam), and OhioLakes1. All walleye under 28 inches long must be returned to the water atonce.2. Daily creel limit <strong>of</strong> 2 walleye.3. Measure fish from the tip <strong>of</strong> snout to the end <strong>of</strong> tail. See MeasuringFish on page 4.4. To release a deeply hooked or gill-hooked fish, cut the line 5 to 6inches above the lure.Charles Fork and MoncoveSlot LimitRivers1. All walleye from 20 to 30 inches long must be returned to the waterat once.2. Daily creel limit <strong>of</strong> 2 walleye, only one <strong>of</strong> which may be over 30inches long.3. Measure fish from the tip <strong>of</strong> the snout to the end <strong>of</strong> the tail. SeeMeasuring Fish on Page 4.New River from Hawks Nest Dam in Fayette County upstream tothe <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>/<strong>Virginia</strong> state line in Summers County, exceptfor a catch-and-release area as described below.Catch-and-ReleaseRivers1. All walleye caught must be returned to the water at once.2. No walleye shall be in the angler’s possession while on the streamsections designated as catch-and-release streams.5-mile section New River from Meadow Creek public access siteupstream to base <strong>of</strong> Sandstone Falls in Raleigh and Summerscounties.RIPARIAN AND SHORELINE HABITATSVegetation is an important component <strong>of</strong> habitats along <strong>West</strong><strong>Virginia</strong>’s streams and lakes. These riparian areas are crucial in theprotection <strong>of</strong> aquatic habitats for fish and other organisms. Helpprotect <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>’s waters by protecting riparian areas.Please see the following links for more information:http://www.dep.wv.gov/WWE/Programs/nonptsource/HomeOwner/Documents/BufferPlanting.pdfhttp://water.epa.gov/type/lakes/index.cfm6 W E S T V I R G I N I A F I S H I N G


Special Areas – REGULATIONSALL SPECIESCatch-and-ReleaseLakes1. All species <strong>of</strong> fish must be returned to the water at once.2. No fish shall be in the angler’s possession (creel limit 0)while fishing in designated catch-and-release lakes andstreams.3. Use <strong>of</strong> live minnows is prohibited.4. Use <strong>of</strong> barbed hooks is prohibited.5. To release a deeply hooked or gill-hooked fish, the lineshould be cut 5 to 6 inches above the lure.Dixon (Pedlar Wildlife Management Area)RECIPROCAL FISHINGOhio RiverOhio residents who carry fishing licenses valid in Ohio may fishon the Ohio River and its embayments or from the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>banks <strong>of</strong> the Ohio River and embayments without obtaining<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> licenses.<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> residents who carry fishing licenses valid in <strong>West</strong><strong>Virginia</strong> may fish on Ohio River embayments in Ohio or fromthe Ohio banks <strong>of</strong> the Ohio River and embayments withoutobtaining an Ohio license.Current <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> fishing laws shall apply while fishing onthe Ohio River proper or from <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> banks or in<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> embayments. The tributaries <strong>of</strong> the Ohio Riverabove embayments, in both states, are not included as part <strong>of</strong>this agreement.Current Ohio fishing laws apply while fishing from Ohio banksor in Ohio embayments.FISHING ANDBOATING ACCESS SITES1. Public boating and fishing access facilities shall beused solely for the purpose <strong>of</strong> launching and retrievingwatercraft or fishing from the shore. No other use <strong>of</strong> theaccess sites is allowed.2. After launching, vehicles shall be parked in availableparking spaces.3. Any law enforcement <strong>of</strong>ficer acting under proper authoritymay prohibit an individual from launching a watercraftfrom any public boating and fishing access sites.The following are prohibited at fishingand boating access sites:• consumption <strong>of</strong> alcoholic beverages or possession <strong>of</strong> anopen container <strong>of</strong> alcoholic beverages.• swimming or bathing.• camping.• open fires.• trash disposal except where trash receptacles are provided.• discharge <strong>of</strong> firearms, fireworks and explosives.• leaving unattended watercraft.• commercial use except as authorized by the director.• parking <strong>of</strong> any vehicle or the mooring <strong>of</strong> any watercraftin such a manner as to obstruct any avenue <strong>of</strong> ingress oregress, except for the purpose <strong>of</strong> launching.Ohio fishing laws and Ohio River fishing regulations for theEastern Unit, which cover the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> /Ohio border, mustbe followed while fishing on embayments or tributaries thatare within the boundaries <strong>of</strong> Ohio.The embayment and tributary reciprocal boundaries foreach state are listed in the Waterfowl Hunting and <strong>Fishing</strong>on the Ohio River brochure available from <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> DNR<strong>of</strong>fices, and online at www.wvdnr.gov. Ohio and <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>anglers may travel and fish embayments and tributaries to thelandmark locations listed in the brochure. These locations arealso defined by distance from the mouth <strong>of</strong> the tributary andGPS coordinates for convenience.Potomac River<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> residents who possess valid <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> fishinglicenses may fish by angling in the waters <strong>of</strong> the Potomac Riverincluding the North Branch and Jennings Randolph Lake whichare opposite both the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> and the Maryland shores,and they may fish from the Maryland shore, without obtaininga Maryland fishing license, subject, however, to all otherMaryland laws, rules and regulations applicable to fishing.Maryland residents who possess valid Maryland fishing licensesmay fish by angling in the waters <strong>of</strong> Jennings Randolph Lakewhich are opposite both the Maryland and <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> shores,and they may fish from the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> shore <strong>of</strong> the PotomacRiver, including the North Branch and Jennings RandolphLake, without obtaining a <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> fishing license, subject,however, to all other <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> fishing laws, rules andregulations applicable to fishing. This agreement is limited tothe Potomac River including the North Branch and JenningsRandolph Lake and does not extend to any <strong>of</strong> their tributaries.The State <strong>of</strong> Maryland has joint law enforcement jurisdiction onJennings Randolph Lake.2 0 1 2 R E G U L A T I O N S S U M M A R Y 7


REGULATIONS – Other Methods <strong>of</strong> <strong>Fishing</strong>Except as authorized below, it is illegal to take fish by any means other than by rod, line and hooks.It is illegal to:• use a firearm, crossbow, dynamite or any like explosive, ora poisonous mixture placed in the water for the purpose <strong>of</strong>killing or taking fish, frogs, aquatic turtles or other forms <strong>of</strong>aquatic life.• fish with more than two (2) lines or poles in animpoundment stocked with trout by the DNR from January1 – May 31.BOW FISHINGCarp may be taken by bow year-round; other nongame fishmay be taken by bow during all months <strong>of</strong> the year exceptMay and June. Residents must have a valid fishing license andnonresidents must have a valid hunting license in order to fishusing a bow. All persons using a bow to fish must observe allapplicable fishing regulations.It is illegal to:use an arrow having an explosive head or shaft or an arrowdipped in or smeared with poison or other chemicals.DIPPINGDipping for nongame fish is legal from February 1 to midnightApril 30 with a valid <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> fishing license. A dip net maynot exceed 36 square feet in overall area, and its mesh may notbe smaller than one-fourth (1/4) inch.GIGGING, SNAGGING AND SNARINGSuckers, carp, fallfish and creek chubs may be taken by snaringyear-round. Other nongame fish, turtles and eels may be takenby gigging, snagging, or snaring from January 1 - May 15 andfrom July 15 - December 31, except that snagging and giggingshall be prohibited within 100 feet <strong>of</strong> all U.S. Army Corps <strong>of</strong>Engineers Locks and Dams and their appurtenances. Snagging<strong>of</strong> game fish is prohibited.HATCHERY FISH REMOVALIt is illegal to:• take fish, frogs, aquatic turtles or other aquatic life from astate fish hatchery.ICE FISHINGHoles cut for ice fishing must be no larger than 10 inchesin diameter. This applies to public waters where ice fishingis allowed.SEINING FOR MINNOWS /MINNOW TRAPSGame fish may not be seined or trapped. A seine may be usedto obtain minnows for use as bait provided the seine is notlonger than six feet nor deeper than four feet. A thrownetmay be used provided the diameter is no larger than six feetand mesh size no larger than three-eighths (3/8) inch. Minnowtraps may be used provided the openings are not larger thanone inch in diameter. A person may have in his possession nomore than 50 minnows nor more than a total <strong>of</strong> 100 aquaticanimal life unless obtained from a licensed dealer and a bill <strong>of</strong>sale is provided. Possession <strong>of</strong> mussels or any parts there<strong>of</strong> isprohibited. A valid <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> fishing license is needed tocollect minnows and other aquatic life.TROTLINES AND DROPLINESTrotlines and droplines must be attached to the bank ora tree thereon, must bear an identification tag that is legibleand waterpro<strong>of</strong>, and must be attended every 24 hours. Wire orcable lines and hooks with more than one point are prohibited.It is illegal to:• fish with trotlines and droplines in state-managedimpoundments except Stonecoal, Hawks Nest, Mt. Storm,Cheat and U.S. Army Corps <strong>of</strong> Engineers lakes. (See chart onpage 10 for state-managed lakes.)• attach a trotline to public piers and docks or within 50 feet<strong>of</strong> dam appurtenances.• use droplines on the Elk River, Hughes River, Little KanawhaRiver, Middle Island Creek, and South Fork <strong>of</strong> Hughes River.• jug fish.FREE FISHING DAYSJune 9 -10, 20128 W E S T V I R G I N I A F I S H I N G


Other Methods <strong>of</strong> <strong>Fishing</strong> – REGULATIONSSPEARFISHING AND DIVING1. Nongame fish may be taken by spearfishing from July 1 -September 30 during daylight hours only.2. Spearfishing is prohibited on the following:»»Elk River, from Sutton Dam downstream to the U.S. Route19 bridge at Sutton;»»New River, from Bluestone Dam downstream to the lowerbridge at Hinton.3. Spearguns may be discharged only beneath the surface <strong>of</strong>the water.4. It is illegal to use a bolt having an explosive head or shaft ora bolt dipped in or smeared with poison or other chemicals.5. A diver may not spearfish in such a manner as to interferewith other anglers.6. A diver may not spearfish in heavily-traveled boat lanes,marked swimming areas or marked waterskiing areas.7. “Diver down flag” shallbe a red field <strong>of</strong> notless than 10 inches x 10inches dimension witha white diagonal stripenot less than 1-1/2 incheswide running upper leftto lower right. The flagshall be displayed at alltimes and be affixedto a separate flotationdevice. No such flagshall be attached to anynavigational device or placed so as to obstruct boat traffic.Divers must come up within 100 feet <strong>of</strong> flag. All powerboatswill remain a minimum distance <strong>of</strong> 100 feet away from themarker flag. The top <strong>of</strong> the flag shall be at least 3 feet abovethe surface <strong>of</strong> the water.8. Fish taken by spearfishing may not be returned to the wateror left on the bank.TROPHY FISH CITATION PROGRAMThe trophy fish citation program was initiated to recognizeoutstanding fishing achievement. The color fish illustrationson the citations are reproductions <strong>of</strong> original paintings byartist Duane Raver. Applications to register a trophy fishcan be obtained from any license agent, Wildlife <strong>Resources</strong><strong>of</strong>fice or www.wvdnr.gov.Reporting Procedures• Fish must be legally caught with rod and reel by alicensed angler in <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>.• Carp legally taken by bow and meeting minimum sizerequirements qualify for a trophy fish citation.• Fish must meet or exceed the minimum weight or length.• Fish certified by weight must be weighed on a scalecertified by the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> <strong>Division</strong> <strong>of</strong> Labor or at any<strong>of</strong>fice <strong>of</strong> the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Wildlife <strong>Resources</strong> Section.Fish must be weighed in the presence <strong>of</strong> a witness whomust sign the application form.• Fish certified by length must be measured in thepresence <strong>of</strong> a witness who must sign the applicationform, or fish must be measured and a photograph mustaccompany the application. Measure total length <strong>of</strong> fishto nearest 1/8 inch from tip <strong>of</strong> snout to end <strong>of</strong> tail. SeeMeasuring Fish on page 4.• A clear side view photograph <strong>of</strong> the fish is desirable.• Nonresidents and residents are eligible for trophyfish citations.• Applications must be submitted within 60 days <strong>of</strong> thedate <strong>of</strong> catch.• A $5 fee must accompany each application. Make checksor money orders payable to the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> DNR. Mailto: DNR Wildlife <strong>Resources</strong>, 1336 State Street, Room 216,Gassaway, WV 26624.Minimum SizesTroutCatfishBrook 15 in. 1.5 lb. Bullhead 16 in. 2 lb.Brown 21 in. 4 lb. Channel 25 in. 6 lb.Rainbow 21 in. 4 lb. Flathead 29 in. 10 lb.Golden Rainbow 21 in. 4 lb. Blue 29 in. 10 lb.Bass Crappie 15 in. 1.5 lb.Largemouth 21 in. 5 lb. Sunfish 10 in. 1 lb.Smallmouth 20 in. 4 lb. Chain Pickerel 20 in. 2 lb.Spotted 14 in. 1.5 lb. Northern Pike 32 in. 8 lb.Rock 11 in. 1 lb. Walleye 25 in. 5 lb.Striped 25 in. 7 lb. Sauger 17 in. 1.5 lb.Hybrid Striped 24 in. 7 lb. Yellow Perch 13 in. 1 lb.White 15 in. 2 lb. Freshwater Drum 27 in. 10 lb.Muskellunge 40 in. 15 lb. Fallfish 18 in. 2 lb.Tiger Musky 40 2 0in. 1 2 R15 E Glb. U L ACarp T I O N S S U M M A31 R Y in. 15 lb. 9


FISHING – Public Lakes and PondsLake or Pond - CountyAcresAirport Pond – Raleigh • 1Anawalt – McDowell • 7 •Anderson – Kanawha • 7 •Barboursville – Cabell • 17 PBear Rock Lakes – Ohio • 16 • EBeech Fork – Wayne COE • 720 • • P 10*Berwind – McDowell • 20 • P EBig Ditch – Webster • 55 • EBig Run – Marion 7 • • EBluestone – Summers COE • 2040 • • P U*Boley – Fayette • 18 C P EBrandywine – Pendleton* • 6 • P EBrushy Fork – Pendleton 18 • EBuffalo Fork – Pocahontas* • 22 • EBurnsville – Braxton COE • 968 • • P U*Cacapon – Morgan • 6 • NMfCameron – Marshall 6 • •Camp Run – Pendleton* 8 • ECastleman Run – Brooke, Ohio • 22 • • ECedar Creek – Gilmer 8 • • PCharles Fork – Roane • 70 • ECheat Lake – Monongalia • 1730 • • L U*Chief Cornstalk – Mason • 5 • P EChief Logan – Logan • 7 •Conaway Run – Tyler • 30 • P ECoonskin Park – Kanawha • 2.5Coopers Rock – Monongalia • 6 P ECurtisville – Marion • 30 • • EDents Run - Marion 30 EDoe Run – Taylor 11 • • P EDog Run – Harrison 15 • EDunkard Fork – Marshall • 49 • • EEast Lynn – Wayne COE • 1005 • • P U*Edwards Run – Hampshire 1 • LElk Fork – Jackson • 278 • • 10Elk Two Mile (Site 12) – Kanawha 2Elk Two Mile (Site 13) – Kanawha 3.5Elk Two Mile (Site 14) – Kanawha 4Fitzpatrick – Raleigh 2.5 • PFlat Run – Marion 6 • • EFt. Ashby – Mineral 12 • •French Creek – Upshur 2Frozencamp Left Fork – Jackson 20 • EFrozencamp Right Fork – Jackson 20 • EHandley Pond – Pocahontas • 5 • P EHawks Nest – Fayette 250 • • UHorse Creek – Wyoming • 12 • EHuey Run – Marion 8 • • EHurricane W.S. Reservoir – Putnam • 12 •Indian Rock – Nicholas • 5James P. Bailey – Mercer • 28Jennings Randolph – Mineral COE 952 • • P U*Jimmy Lewis – Mercer • 15 • EKanawha State Forest – Kanawha • 1 PKee Reservoir – Mercer 70 • EKimsey Run – Hardy • 60 • EKrodel – Mason • 22 • P ELarenim – Mineral • 10 • NMLaurel – Mingo • 29 • ELick Creek – Wayne 5 • •Little Beaver – Raleigh • 18 P RLumberport – Harrison 6 • EKEY• = the listed feature or activity is available or permitted.A blank space indicates the feature or activity IS NOT available orpermitted.Lake - County * = National Forest Stamp requiredCOE = U.S. Army Corps <strong>of</strong> Engineers lakeAccessibilityUse <strong>of</strong> Live MinnowsCamping L = limited primitiveP = permit requiredNight <strong>Fishing</strong> C = registered campers onlyP = permit requiredBoating NM = no motor boats E = electric motors onlyR = rental boats only U = unlimited h.p.5 = 5 h.p. maximum10 = 10 h.p. maximum (Larger motors must have propsremoved or motor tilted to the maximum limit.)* = contains no wake zones, speed zones and/orother restricted areasf = fee charged for private boats, May 30 - Labor DayA USCG approved life preserver is required for each occupant <strong>of</strong> ALL BOATS. See<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Boating Regulations. All boats propelled by machinery must be licensed.10 W E S T V I R G I N I A F I S H I N G


Public Lakes and Ponds – FISHINGLake or Pond - CountyAcresLogan County Airport – Logan • 1 EMcClintic Ponds – Mason • 61 • P EMiddle Wheeling Creek – Ohio 30 • • EMiletree – Roane 10 • EMill Creek – Barbour • 8 EMillers Fork – Wayne • 5Moncove – Monroe • 144 • P 5Mount Storm – Grant 1200 • • U*Mountain Valley – Summers 39 EMountwood – Wood • 48 • P ENewburg Lake – Preston 5New Creek Dam 14 – Grant 40 •North Bend – Ritchie • 305 • • P 10North Bend State Park – Ritchie 1.5 C PO’Brien – Jackson 217 • • 10Parker Hollow – Hardy 34 • EPedlar Mason – Monongalia • 16 • • EPedlar Dixon – Monongalia • 7 •Pendleton - Tucker 14 NM,RPennsboro W. S. Reservoir – Ritchie 9 • EPettigrew – Kanawha • 8 NMPipestem – Summers • 16 P RPlum Orchard – Fayette • 202 • P U*Poorhouse Pond – Berkeley 5R.D. Bailey – Mingo, Wyoming COE 630 • • P U*Ridenour – Kanawha • 27 •Rock Cliff – Hardy* • 17 C P ERockhouse – Logan • 14 ERollins – Jackson • 41 • ESalt Lick Pond 9 – Braxton 15 • • ESeneca – Pocahontas • 3 P ESherwood – Greenbrier* 165 P P ESilcott Fork – Roane 23 •Sleepy Creek – Berkeley • 205 • • P ESouth Mill Creek – Grant • 48 • ESpruce Knob – Randolph* • 23 • P EStephens – Raleigh • 300 • • U*Stonecoal – Lewis, Upshur • 550 • • P 10*Stonewall Jackson – Lewis COE • 2650 • • P U*Summersville – Nicholas COE • 2700 • • P U*Summit – Greenbrier* • 43 • P ESutton – Braxton COE • 1500 • • P U*Teter Creek – Barbour • 35 • P EThomas Park – Tucker 8 • • L ETomlinson Run – Hancock 30 • P ETracy – Ritchie 11 • L ETrout Pond – Hardy 2 • PTuckahoe – Greenbrier • 40 • ETurkey Run – Jackson • 15 • • ETurkey Run – Marshall 15 • • ETygart – Taylor COE 1750 • • P U*Tygart River Backwaters – Randolph • 31 • • EUnderwood Lake – Cabell • 1Upper Cove Run – Hardy 6.5 • EUpper Deckers - Preston 16 EUpper Mud – Lincoln • 307 • • 10Wallback – Clay • 15 EWarden – Hardy • 44 • EWatoga – Pocahontas • 11 P E<strong>West</strong>over Park – Monongalia • 1.5Whetstone – Marion 6 • • EWolf Run – Marshall 23 • EWood Pond – Ohio • .5Woodrum – Jackson • 240 • • 10Rules And Regulations Governing Public Use Of<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> <strong>Fishing</strong> And Boating Access SitesArticle 1, Section 7, Chapter 20 <strong>of</strong> the Code <strong>of</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>,1961 as amended, the following rules and regulations governpublic use <strong>of</strong> all fishing and boating access sites administeredby the <strong>Division</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Natural</strong> <strong>Resources</strong>, Wildlife <strong>Resources</strong>Section.Requirements And Prohibitions:1. Public boating and fishing access facilities shall beused solely for the purpose <strong>of</strong> launching and retrievingwatercraft or fishing from the shore. No other use <strong>of</strong> accesssites is allowed.2. After launching, vehicles shall be parked in availableparking spaces.3. Any law enforcement <strong>of</strong>ficer acting under proper authoritymay prohibit an individual from launching a watercraftfrom any public boating and fishing access sites.4. The following are prohibited at fishing and boating accesssites:a. Consumption <strong>of</strong> alcoholic beverages or possession <strong>of</strong> anopen container <strong>of</strong> alcoholic beverages.b. Swimming or bathing.c. Camping.d. Open fires.e. Trash disposal except where trash receptacles areprovided.f. Discharge <strong>of</strong> firearms, fireworks and explosives.g. Leaving unattended watercraft.h. Commercial use except as authorized by the Director.i. Parking <strong>of</strong> any vehicle or the mooring <strong>of</strong> any watercraftin such a manner as to obstruct any avenue <strong>of</strong> ingress oregress, except for the purpose <strong>of</strong> launching.Any person violating any <strong>of</strong> these rules and regulations shallbe punished in accordance with the provisions <strong>of</strong> Chapter 20<strong>of</strong> the Code <strong>of</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> and such other laws as may beapplicable.It is the policy <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Division</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Natural</strong> <strong>Resources</strong> to provideits facilities, accommodations, services and programs to allpersons without regard to sex, race, age, religion, nationalorigin or ancestry, disability or other protected group status.The <strong>Division</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Natural</strong> <strong>Resources</strong> is an equal opportunityemployer.STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA DIVISION OF NATURAL RESOURCESEffective 05/10/012 0 1 2 R E G U L A T I O N S S U M M A R Y 11


FISHING – Favorite WatersCHANNEL CATFISHBeech Fork, Bluestone, East Lynn, Burnsville, Stonecoal, Tygart,and Stonewall Jackson lakes; Kanawha, New, South Branch <strong>of</strong>the Potomac, and Ohio rivers. Most warmwater streams andstate managed impoundments.Favorite baitsMinnows, night crawlers, chicken livers and other natural baits.CRAPPIEBluestone, Burnsville, East Lynn, R.D. Bailey, Stonewall Jackson,Sutton, Summersville, and Tygart lakes; Ohio River backwaters.Favorite baitsMinnows, jigs and minnow-imitating lures.HYBRID STRIPED BASS/STRIPED BASSKanawha and Ohio rivers; Beech Fork, Bluestone, East Lynn, Mt.Storm and R.D. Bailey lakes.Favorite baitsWhite jigs, silver spoons, shad imitation lures and live minnows.TROUTCranberry, Elk above Webster Springs, South Branch <strong>of</strong> thePotomac near Franklin, North Fork <strong>of</strong> the South Branch, ShaversFork <strong>of</strong> Cheat and Williams rivers.WALLEYEJennings Randolph, R.D. Bailey, Summersville, Stonecoal,and Tygart lakes; Elk, lower Gauley and New rivers; Kanawha,Monongahela and Ohio river dam tailwaters.Favorite baitsLive minnows, night crawlers, jigs, minnow-imitating crankbaitsand spinners.WHITE BASSTygart Lake; Ohio, Kanawha and Monongahela rivers.Favorite baitsJigs, crankbaits, spinners, streamers and live minnows.LARGEMOUTH BASSBeech Fork, Bluestone, Burnsville, Cheat, East Lynn, R.D. Bailey,Stonewall Jackson and Sutton lakes; Ohio River; most farmponds and state managed lakes.Favorite baitsMinnows, night crawlers, crayfish, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs,s<strong>of</strong>t plastic and most top water lures.MUSKYBurnsville, North Bend Lake, Stonecoal, and Stonewall Jacksonlakes; Buckhannon, Elk (downstream <strong>of</strong> Sutton), Gauley, Hughes,Little Kanawha, Monongahela, Mud, New, and <strong>West</strong> Fork rivers;Dunkard, Middle Island, Mill and Sandy creeks.Favorite tackle and baitsBait casting reels using lures imitating minnows; large spinners.Live creek chubs, suckers or large minnows are excellent bait.SMALLMOUTH BASSSummersville and Tygart Lakes; Cacapon, Elk, Greenbrier, LittleKanawha, New, South Branch <strong>of</strong> the Potomac, mainstreamPotomac, Ohio and Shenandoah riversFavorite tackle and baitsSpinning tackle <strong>of</strong> medium-light and ultra-light weight usingspinners and other artificial lures resembling minnows, nightcrawlers, hellgrammites, crayfish, crankbaits, jigs, and numerouss<strong>of</strong>t plastic and topwater baits.HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE FISHING AREASFor more information on developed sites contact:<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> <strong>Division</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Natural</strong> <strong>Resources</strong>Wildlife <strong>Resources</strong> Section324 Fourth AvenueSouth Charleston, <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> 25303(304) 558-2771 or www.wvdnr.gov12 W E S T V I R G I N I A F I S H I N G


Boating and Water Safety – FISHINGBOATING EDUCATIONREQUIREMENTAnglers using boats must obey boating laws. In <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>,anyone born after December 31, 1986 must successfully complete aN.A.S.B.L.A.-approved Boating Education Course before operatinga motorboat.Contact a <strong>Natural</strong> <strong>Resources</strong> Police Officer for an available coursenear you. You can also take the online Boating Education Courseavailable at www.wvdnr.gov. Click on boating under the LawEnforcement heading.SAFE BOATING RULESBoating accidents usually result from a collision with another boator an object in the water such as rocks or pilings. A little boatingknowledge, common sense and courtesy could prevent mostaccidents.• Don’t operate a boat under the influence <strong>of</strong> alcohol or drugs.• Don’t overload the boat.• Don’t sit on the edge <strong>of</strong> the boat.• If you must stand up, do so carefully away from the sides.• Drive at a safe speed.• Use navigation lights at night.• Keep a lookout for other boats and follow the rules<strong>of</strong> navigation.• Always let someone know where you are going and when youplan to return.• Don’t fish during a thunderstorm.Check the weather conditions before you leave. Lightning, strongwind and high waves create hazardous conditions. If caught ona lake in a strong storm, put all fishing gear in the bottom <strong>of</strong> theboat, stay low in the boat and get <strong>of</strong>f the water as soon as possible.In high waves, the best way to keep from capsizing is to steer theboat at a slight angle into the waves.PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE (PFD)Most boating fatalities are the result <strong>of</strong> a boat capsizing orpassenger falling overboard. Nearly 80 percent <strong>of</strong> those who diedin boating accidents were NOT wearing a PFD.If you are fishing from a boat, <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> law requires that youhave one PFD on board and readily available for each person onthe boat. Any child 12 years <strong>of</strong> age or under must wear a PFD whilethe boat is in progress. Make sure the PFD is in good condition(try it out in the water from time to time), readily available and fitsproperly. Boats over 16 feet must also have a ring or cushion onboard that can be thrown to a person in the water.COURTESY ON THE BOAT RAMPBoat ramp traffic jams can be prevented if everyone practicescommon courtesy at the ramp. Be sure you observe these simplecourtesies.• Prepare your vessel for launching or for the drive home wellaway from the ramp.• Use at least two experienced people to launch and retrieve thevessel—one to drive the towing vehicle and one to operate thevessel.• Never block a ramp with an unattended vessel or vehicle.Move the vessel away from the launch lane immediately afterremoving it from the trailer. Return briefly to pick up the vehicledriver once he or she has parked the vehicle and is back at theramp.• When retrieving, do not pull your vessel into a launch lane untilthe towing vehicle is at the ramp. The line is formed by vehicleswith trailers, not by vessels in the water. Drop <strong>of</strong>f the vehicledriver, and wait <strong>of</strong>fshore and clear <strong>of</strong> the ramp until he or shearrives with the trailer.Used by permission, © 2011 Kalkomey Enterprises, Inc.Learn more about boating safety and take an online course atwww.boat-ed.com/westvirginia/Alcohol and DrugsOperating a boat under the influence <strong>of</strong> alcohol or drugs createsthe same risks and carries the same penalties as DUI. Intoxicationaffects your balance, which is already challenged by being in aboat. It also affects your coordination, vision and thinking ability.Alcohol also causes you to lose body heat faster should you fall intothe water, increasing the risk <strong>of</strong> hypothermia.Commercial River TrafficWhile boating on the major rivers <strong>of</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>, always be alertfor large commercial vessels. Large vessels always have the right<strong>of</strong>-waybecause <strong>of</strong> long stopping distances and blind spots aroundthem. Also, turbulent water around the large vessel could capsize asmall boat easily.Stay out <strong>of</strong> danger zones and restricted areas around locks anddams.Your purchase<strong>of</strong> fishing equipmentand motor boat fuels supportsSport Fish Restoration andboating access facilities.2 0 1 2 R E G U L A T I O N S S U M M A R Y 13


FISHING – Boating and Water SafetySAFETY wITH FISHING EQUIPMENT<strong>Fishing</strong> hooks can be dangerous if not handled properly. Lookbehind you before you cast to make sure your hook will not becaught on a power line, a tree or a person. Do not leave fishingtackle lying loose on the ground. Someone can trip on it and fallor step on a hook.HYPOTHERMIAHypothermia is a condition in which your body loses heat fasterthan it can produce it. Without treatment, your life is in danger.Exposure to the cold along with wind, wetness and exhaustioncauses hypothermia. A common misconception is that the airor water temperature must be below freezing before you canbecome hypothermic. Actually, many cases <strong>of</strong> hypothermiadevelop in air temperatures between 30 and 50 degrees. Andbecause water takes away body heat 25 times faster than air <strong>of</strong>the same temperature, any water colder than 70 degrees cancause hypothermia.Symptoms <strong>of</strong> hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering,fumbling hands, slow speech, confusion and exhaustion. Totreat hypothermia, get the victim out <strong>of</strong> the cold, give warmdrinks, keep the person awake, remove all wet clothing and getthe victim into dry clothes.FISHING IN COLD wEATHERTo stay warm, wear several layers <strong>of</strong> clothing. Air trappedbetween the layers serves as insulation. A wool hat preventsheat loss from your head. <strong>Fishing</strong> is difficult with most gloves,but lightweight rubber gloves, gloves without fingertips, andgloves that have a flap to expose your fingers allow greatermanual dexterity.WADINGThere are several rules you should follow for safe wading.1. Wade with a fishing buddy.2. Wear your PFD.3. Find out whether the bottom is rocky or muddy.4. Shuffle your feet or probe with a stick along the bottom toavoid holes.5. Study how swiftly the water is moving.6. Wear appropriate foot wear (considering watertemperature and bottom substrate).PERSON IN WATERReach-Throw-Row-Go is a method <strong>of</strong> rescuing a person who isin trouble in water. If the person is close to you, REACH out witha long object such as an oar or tree limb to pull the person intoshore or the boat.If you can’t reach the person, then THROW them a life-savingdevice. If possible, it should be tied to the end <strong>of</strong> a line so youcan pull the person to you. An inflatable ball or foam cooler canbe used if the proper device is not available.If there is nothing to throw, ROW a boat to the person introuble. The person should be pulled in over the stern, or back,<strong>of</strong> the boat if possible to prevent the boat from tipping over. Ifthe boat has a motor, it must be shut <strong>of</strong>f before you get to theperson in the water.GO (swim) to the person ONLY as a last resort and only if youhave had life-saving training. People who are drowning <strong>of</strong>tenpanic and injure or drown someone trying to rescue them.ICE FISHING<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> doesn’t possess numerous ice fishingopportunities and in some ways, that makes the sport a littleriskier. Anglers may be tempted to venture out on a frozen lakeor river before checking the thickness <strong>of</strong> the ice. Ice should be atleast four inches thick before it is considered safe.14 W E S T V I R G I N I A F I S H I N G


Float Trips – FISHINGMany <strong>of</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>’s streams <strong>of</strong>fer excellent float tripfishing when water conditions are suitable. Some populartrips are listed.CACAPON RIVERFrom To MileCapon Lake................................ Yellow Springs................................2.5Yellow Springs.......................... Yellow Springs North...................5.0Yellow Springs North............. Rt. 127 Bridge................................19.0Rt. 127 Bridge............................ Cacapon Crossings....................... 9.0Cacapon Crossings................. Rt. 9 Bridge....................................18.0Rt. 9 Bridge*............................... Cacapon Power Plant..................8.5Cacapon Power Plant............. Great Cacapon...............................2.8* Contains dam to be portaged.WALHONDE WATER TRAIL(COAL RIVER SYSTEM)BIG COAL RIVERFrom To MilesWhitesville................................. Orgas................................................. 9.0Orgas............................................ John Slack Park............................ 11.0John Slack Park......................... Dartmont......................................... 9.0Dartmont.................................... Lions Park.......................................12.0LITTLE COAL RIVERFrom To MilesMadison City Park................... Donald Kuhn Juv. Ctr................... 9.0Donald P. Kuhn Juv. Ctr.......... Waterway Park...............................6.0Waterway Park.......................... Rt. 119 Bridge................................12.0Rt. 119 Bridge............................ Lions Park.........................................2.0COAL RIVERFrom To MilesMeadowood Park.................... Lower Falls.......................................6.0*Unimproved access belowUpper Falls DamLower Falls................................. Gateway Shopping Ctr................5.5*Danger: No Portage around Upper Falls DamGREENBRIER RIVERFrom To MilesRenick.......................................... Anthony Bridge...........................10.0Anthony Bridge........................ Caldwell..........................................12.7Caldwell...................................... Ronceverte......................................6.0Ronceverte................................. Fort Spring.......................................8.5Fort Spring*............................... Alderson...........................................6.0Alderson..................................... Talcott Bridge...............................13.0Talcott Bridge**........................ Barger Springs................................4.5Barger Springs.......................... Willow Wood Bridge....................6.0* Contains rapids for experienced canoeists only.**Contains two falls to be portaged.NEW RIVERFrom To MilesShanklins Ferry......................... Mouth <strong>of</strong> Indian Creek................6.0Below Sandstone Falls........... Prince...............................................12.0Prince........................................... Thurmond......................................12.0Only experienced canoeists should attempt to float theNew River. Portaging some areas will be necessary.SOUTH BRANCH RIVERFrom To MilesPetersburg Bridge......................Welton Park.................................... 3.0Welton Park..................................Fisher Bridge South..................... 5.5Fisher Bridge South ..................Fisher Bridge..................................2.5Fisher Bridge................................Old Fields Bridge..........................4.5Old Fields Bridge........................South Branch WMA (McNeill).... 5.0South Branch WMA (McNeill)..Harmisons........................................7.0Harmisons.....................................Stony Run........................................ 1.5Stony Run......................................Romney Bridge...........................8.75Romney Bridge............................Hanging Rock................................ 5.0Hanging Rock..............................Blues Beach Bridge......................4.5Blues Beach Bridge....................Maple Landing...............................7.5Maple Landing............................Millesons Mill Bridge................... 2.0Millesons Mill Bridge.................Blue Ford South/North.............4.75Blue Ford South/North.............Indian Rock..................................... 4.0Indian Rock...................................Mouth <strong>of</strong> South Branch..............4.52 0 1 2 R E G U L A T I O N S S U M M A R Y 15


TROUT STOCKING – Lakes and PondsCode No. Stockings........Period Code No. Stockings........Period Code No. Stockings........PeriodQ One...............................1st week <strong>of</strong> MarchOne................................................. February CR Varies................................................... VariesOne....................................................JanuaryBWOne every two weeks.........March-MayM One each month............. February-MayW Two................................................. February MJ One each month.............. January-AprilOne each week......................March-MayOne....................................................JanuaryBAY One..........................................................AprilX After April 1 or area is open to public One.......................................................MarchOne each week... Columbus Day weekF& following weekLake or Pond - CountyCodeLake or Pond - CountyCodeAnawalt – McDowellMAnderson – KanawhaBABarboursville – CabellBABear Rock Lakes – OhioBWBeech Fork (Tailwaters) – WayneMBerwind – McDowellMBig Run – MarionYBoley – FayetteMBrandywine – PendletonBW-FBrushy Fork – PendletonBWBuffalo Fork – PocahontasBW-FBurnsville (Tailwaters) – BraxtonBWCacapon – MorganWCastleman Run – Brooke, OhioBWCedar Creek – GilmerBAChief Cornstalk – MasonBAChief Logan – LoganMJConaway Run – TylerMCoonskin Park – KanawhaQCoopers Rock – MonongaliaBW-FCurtisville – MarionMJDog Run – HarrisonMDunkard Fork – MarshallMEast Lynn (Tailwaters) – WayneMEdwards Run - HampshireMFitzpatrick – RaleighMJFt. Ashby – MineralBWFrench Creek – UpshurBWHandley – PocahontasQHorse Creek – WyomingMHuey Run – MarionBAHurricane Water Supply – PutnamBAIndian Rock - NicholasMJames P. Bailey – MercerBAJennings Randolph (Tailwaters) – MineralMJimmy Lewis – MercerMKanawha State Forest – KanawhaQKimsey Run – HardyBWKrodel – MasonBALarenim – MineralBALaurel – MingoMJLick Creek – WayneMJLittle Beaver – RaleighMJLogan County Airport – LoganQMason Lake – MonongaliaMMiddle Wheeling Creek – OhioBWMiletree – RoaneBAMill Creek – BarbourMMillers Fork – WayneQMountwood – WoodMJNewburg – PrestonMNew Creek Dam 14 – GrantBW-FPennsboro W. S. Reservoir – RitchieBAPipestem – SummersMPoorhouse – BerkeleyMRaleigh County Airport – RaleighQR.D. Bailey (Tailwaters) – Mingo, WyomingBW-FRidenour – KanawhaBARock Cliff – HardyXBW-FRockhouse – LoganMRollins – JacksonMJSeneca – PocahontasBW-FSouth Mill Creek – GrantBWSpruce Knob – RandolphW-FStonewall Jackson (Tailwaters) – LewisBWSummersville (Tailwaters) – NicholasBW-FSummit – GreenbrierW-FSutton (Tailwaters) – BraxtonBW-FTeter Creek – BarbourBW-FThomas Park – TuckerMTomlinson Run – HancockMJTracy – RitchieBATuckahoe – GreenbrierMTurkey Run – JacksonBATygart (Tailwaters) – TaylorM-FUnderwood – CabellQWallback – Clay, RoaneMWarden – HardyBWWatoga – PocahontasW<strong>West</strong>over Park – MonongaliaQWood – OhioQUpdated daily during Trout Stocking Season: Hunting and <strong>Fishing</strong> Hotline (304) 558-3399 and online at www.wvdnr.gov16 W E S T V I R G I N I A F I S H I N G


Streams – TROUT STOCKINGStream - CountyCodeStream - CountyCodeAnthony Creek – GreenbrierBack Fork <strong>of</strong> Elk River – WebsterBack Fork <strong>of</strong> Elk River (C & R) – WebsterBeech Fork Lake (Tailwaters) – WayneBig Bullskin Run – JeffersonBig Clear Creek – GreenbrierBig Sandy Creek – PrestonBlackwater River – TuckerBlackwater River (C & R) – TuckerBuckhannon River – UpshurBuffalo Creek – BrookeBuffalo Creek – LoganBurnsville Lake (Tailwaters) – BraxtonCamp Creek – MercerCherry River – NicholasClear Fork – McDowellClear Fork – WyomingClear Fork (C & R) – WyomingClover Run – TuckerCranberry River – Nicholas, Pocahontas, WebsterCranberry River (C & R) – Nicholas, PocahontasCranberry River, Woodbine Area – NicholasDeer Creek – NicholasDeer Creek – PocahontasDesert Fork – WebsterDillions Run – HampshireDry Fork – McDowellDry Fork – Randolph, TuckerDunloup Creek – FayetteEast Fork <strong>of</strong> the Greenbrier River – PocahontasEast Lynn Lake (Tailwaters) – WayneEast River <strong>of</strong> New River – MercerEdwards Run – HampshireElk River – Randolph, WebsterElk River (C & R) – RandolphElkwater Fork – RandolphEvitts Run – JeffersonFall Run – WebsterGandy Creek – RandolphGlade Creek (Babcock) – FayetteGlade Creek <strong>of</strong> New River – RaleighGlady Fork – RandolphGreenbrier River – PocahontasHills Creek – PocahontasHopkins Fork – BooneHorseshoe Run – TuckerIndian Creek <strong>of</strong> New River – SummersKings Creek – HancockKnapps Creek - PocahontasLaurel Creek - FayetteLaurel Creek - Greenbrier, NicholasLaurel Fork - RandolphLaurel Fork - WebsterLeft Fork <strong>of</strong> Buckhannon River - UpshurLeft Fork <strong>of</strong> Holly River - WebsterLeft Fork <strong>of</strong> Right Fork Buckhannon - Randolph, UpshurLittle Clear Creek - GreenbrierLittle Kanawha River (Headwaters) - Lewis, UpshurLittle River (East Fork) - PocahontasLittle River (<strong>West</strong> Fork) - PocahontasLong Marsh Run - JeffersonLost River - HardyLower Cove Run - HardyMarsh Fork - RaleighMash Fork - MercerMeadow Creek - GreenbrierMeadow Creek - SummersMiddle Creek - BerkeleyW-FMCRMWBW-FBWW-FCRBW-FBWMBWBWBWMBWCRMW-FCRQMMMBWMBWMWMBWBWW-FCRMW-FMWBWBW-FWBWMMBWMMW-FMMWBWMBWBWBWMWWMW-FMMBWMMWMiddle Fork - Barbour, Randolph, UpshurMiddle Wheeling Creek (C&R) - OhioMill Creek - FayetteMill Creek - BerkeleyMill Creek - HampshireMilligan Creek - GreenbrierMill Run - BerkeleyMill Run - HampshireMoores Run - HardyNew Creek - MineralNorth Branch <strong>of</strong> Potomac River - MineralNorth River - HardyNorth Fork <strong>of</strong> Anthony Creek - GreenbrierNorth Fork <strong>of</strong> Cherry River - Greenbrier, NicholasNorth Fork <strong>of</strong> <strong>Fishing</strong> Creek Dam - WetzelNorth Fork <strong>of</strong> Lunice Creek - GrantNorth Fork <strong>of</strong> Patterson Creek - GrantNorth Fork <strong>of</strong> South Branch - Grant, PendletonNorth Fork <strong>of</strong> South Branch (C & R) - PendletonOpequon Creek - Berkeley, JeffersonPaint Creek - Fayette, KanawhaPaint Creek (C & R) - FayettePanther Creek - McDowellPaw Paw Creek - MarionPinch Creek - RaleighPinnacle Creek - WyomingPond Fork - BoonePotts Creek - MonroeR.D. Bailey Lake (Tailwaters) - Mingo, WyomingRed Creek - TuckerRhine Creek - PrestonRich Creek - MonroeRight Fork <strong>of</strong> Buckhannon River - UpshurRight Fork <strong>of</strong> Middle Fork - UpshurRight Fork <strong>of</strong> Little Kanawha River - Upshur, WebsterRocky Marsh Run - JeffersonSecond Creek (C & R) - Greenbrier, MonroeShavers Fork (C & R) - RandolphShavers Fork (Lower Section) - RandolphShavers Fork (Upper Section) - RandolphSouth Branch (Franklin Section) - PendletonSouth Branch (Smoke Hole Section) - PendletonSouth Branch (C & R) - PendletonSouth Fork <strong>of</strong> Cherry River - Greenbrier, NicholasSouth Fork <strong>of</strong> Cranberry River - PocahontasSouth Fork <strong>of</strong> <strong>Fishing</strong> Creek - WetzelSouth Fork <strong>of</strong> Potts Creek - MonroeSpruce Laurel Fork - BooneStonewall Jackson Lake (Tailwaters) - LewisSugar Creek - WebsterSummersville Lake (Tailwaters) - NicholasSutton Lake (Tailwaters) - BraxtonTilhance Creek - BerkeleyTomlinson Run - HancockTrout Run - HardyTuscarora Creek - BerkeleyTwelvepole Creek (Wayne Dam) - WayneTygart Lake (Tailwaters) - TaylorTygart Valley River (Headwaters) - RandolphWaites Run - Hardy<strong>West</strong> Fork <strong>of</strong> Greenbrier River - Pocahontas<strong>West</strong> Fork <strong>of</strong> Twelvepole Creek - WayneWheeling Creek - Marshall, OhioWhiteday Creek - Marion, MonongaliaWilliams River - Pocahontas, WebsterWilliams River (C & R) - PocahontasWolf Creek - PrestonMCRMWBWMMBWMWMBWBWBWMBWWW-FCRW-FBWCRMBWYBW-FBW-FMBW-FBWMMMMMWCRCRW-FW-FW-FW-FCRBWBWMMMBWMBW-FBW-FBWMWBWMJM-FBW-FWW-FMBWBWW-FCRM2 0 1 2 R E G U L A T I O N S S U M M A R Y 17


FISH – State RecordsREPORTINGPROCEDURESA record <strong>of</strong> the largest fish <strong>of</strong> eachspecies legally taken with rod and reelby a licensed angler in <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>waters is maintained by the <strong>Division</strong><strong>of</strong> <strong>Natural</strong> <strong>Resources</strong>. Certificates <strong>of</strong>accomplishment are awarded for eachrecord holder.Anglers landing a potential state recordfish should report the catch as soonas possible to the district fisheriesbiologist in the closest DNR district<strong>of</strong>fice. Please follow these guidelines toensure accuracy <strong>of</strong> reporting.1. Name, address, and telephonenumber <strong>of</strong> angler.2. Species <strong>of</strong> fish, where, when, andhow caught.3. Total length <strong>of</strong> fish measured fromtip <strong>of</strong> snout to end <strong>of</strong> tail. Lay fishon top <strong>of</strong> ruler on a flat surface.Close the mouth <strong>of</strong> the fish andsqueeze the tail fin lobes together.Do not measure along thecurvature <strong>of</strong> the fish’s body. SeeMEASURING FISH on page 4.4. Fish must be weighed on a scalecertified by the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong><strong>Division</strong> <strong>of</strong> Labor.5. Signatures and telephone numbers<strong>of</strong> two persons who witnessed thelength and weight measurements.6. A DNR fisheries biologist mustverify the species, length, andweight <strong>of</strong> the fish.7. A photograph <strong>of</strong> the fish isdesirable.If a DNR biologist is not immediatelyavailable, wrap the fish in plastic wrapand freeze it. Contact the local DNRbiologist as soon as possible.18 W E S T V I R G I N I A F I S H I N GSpeciesYr.Length(inches)Weight(pounds)Location AnglerBassLargemouth2001 25.75 9.62 Dog Run Lake Eli Gain1994 24.8 12.28 Pond - Grant Co. David W. HeeterSmallmouth1976 25.5 7.5 New River Franklin J. Elliott1971 24.25 9.75 South Branch David LindsayRock 1964 13.8 1.75 Big Sandy Creek Warren RyanSpotted2000 19.0 4.77 R. D. Bailey Lake Kevin Dameron1988 19.0 3.82 R. D. Bailey Lake Leonard BlankenshipStriped 2010 47.16 45.70 Bluestone Lake James BrooksHybrid Striped2000 32.1 14.0 Kanawha River Frankie Harris1985 31.5 16.75 Kanawha River Robert HonakerWhite 1985 20.0 4.56 New River Louis PuskasBluegill1986 11.7 2.75 Pond - Randolph Co. Mark Allen Lewis1964 13.75 2.25 Farm Pond - Fayette Co. Dennis CrissBowfin1994 32.25 7.54 Pond - Berkeley Co. Donald E. Newcomb, III2006 28.43 9.25 Ohio River backwater Matt StenderBuffalo 1976 41.0 38.0 Little Kanawha River Hobert NullCarpCommon1998 39.3 47.0 Farm Pond - Preston Co. Gary Johnson1988 41.0 41.5 Stonecoal Lake Charles J. CookGrass2002 47.1 52.5 Farm Pond - Mason Co. Joseph R. Spencer, II2005 50.75 71.69 Warden Lake William R. TaucherCatfishBlue2009 42.25 29.75 Ohio River Lynn Lange2011 40.3 32.28 Ohio River Mark A. FosterBullhead 1977 22.75 6.1 Tygart Lake Headwaters Gary R. FreemanChannel 2005 40.3 33.42 Patterson Creek Michael SearsFlathead 1956 52.0 70.0 Little Kanawha River L. L. McCLungChain Pickerel 2001 27.75 6.19 Tuckahoe Lake Steven DemmaCrappie 1971 19.75 4.05 Meathouse Fork Leonard EdgellEel1983 44.25 6.27 Elk River Steve Woods1977 44.0 7.25 Bunker Hill Quarry Arlie R. RubleFallfish 1970 21.25 3.5 North Fork <strong>of</strong> So. Branch James BlackwellFreshwater 1989 35.5 27.0 South Fork <strong>of</strong> Hughes Charles Mickel LottDrum1954 37.0 25.0 Little Kanawha River Bill DawkinsGarLongnose2006 52.25 16.42 Kanawha River Shelby Searls1993 50.5 19.08 Kanawha River Michael Shan CaseyGoldeye 1983 18.5 3.0 Ohio River Delbert McWilliamsMuskellunge2003 52.7 38.5 Stonecoal Lake Glenn Boyd1997 50.37 49.75 Stonecoal Lake Anna MarshNorthern Pike 1989 42.6 22.06 Dog Run Lake Boyd O. Pratt, Sr.Sauger 1985 23.0 4.75 Ohio River Steve PowellSaugeye 2006 27.68 8.73 East Lynn Lake Everett ChapmanSkipjack2002 18.4 2.61 Kanawha River Steve Skeens2011 19.01 1.91 Ohio River J.R. ColemanTiger Musky 1994 49.25 36.5 Mountwood Lake Clyde E. BeckettTroutBrook2004 22.25 7.64 Shavers Fork Gary M. Chapman1981 23.5 4.78 Lost River Jack E. FoltzBrown 1968 32.0 16.0 South Branch Paul BarkerGolden Rainbow1998 26.4 9.31 Brushy Fork Lake Danny Crider1987 27.5 8.63 Stonecoal Lake Gerald EstepRainbow2005 30.5 15.65 Pond - Monroe Co. Aaron Propps1993 31.7 11.74 Stonecoal Lake John P. ArnettTiger 2011 28.7 10.65 Krodel Lake Mike ConnollyWalleye2004 30.87 18.97 Elk River Jerry Rose1976 35.0 15.0 Kanawha Falls Fred ClineYellow Perch1985 14.5 1.83 Tygart Lake Charles Mayle2010 15.44 1.20 Summersville Lake Craig Hollandsworth


Angler’s Alert - FISHANGLERS ALERTAnglers are reminded that <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> law prohibits the release<strong>of</strong> fish or other aquatic organisms into public waters, unless astocking permit is issued by the <strong>Division</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Natural</strong> <strong>Resources</strong>.Stocking permits are not required for trout and black bassstocking provided that disease-free certifications are obtainedprior to stocking, or if trout originate from a source within thestate. A permit is not required for stocking native or establishedfish into privately owned ponds.Moving live fish or other aquatic animals and plants from onebody <strong>of</strong> water to another can cause long term damage tothe ecological stability <strong>of</strong> lakes and streams and can threatenrecreational fishing. Please take these precautions to preventproblems.Please:• do not move fish from one body <strong>of</strong> water to another• drain live wells thoroughly before leaving an access area• do not release live baitfish or aquarium fish into<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>’s waters• remove all visible plants and animals from your boat, motor,trailer and nets before leaving an access areaBy following these simple steps, anglers can help ensure<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>’s good fishing for future generations. For moreinformation visit www.wvdnr.gov/<strong>Fishing</strong>/Anglers_Alert.shtm.How TO PROPERLY DISINFECTRECREATIONAL EQUIPMENTDISINFECTION PROCEDURESDisinfect prior to moving to another waterbody, watershed, orupstream site.There are a number <strong>of</strong> disinfection techniques that will kill mostaquatic invasive species and fish and wildlife pathogens, includingDidymo. Solutions <strong>of</strong> bleach or dishwashing detergent productsare suggested as they provide the best combination <strong>of</strong> availability,cost AND effectiveness against Didymo as well as other aquaticinvasive species and fish and wildlife pathogens, such as whirlingdisease. Choose the appropriate agent based on the actual itemsrequiring disinfection (i.e. bleach solutions can damage someitems). It is recommended that all disinfected equipment berinsed on dry land, away from state waters. It is preferable to drainused solutions into treated wastewater (e.g. pour down a sinkdrain).Prevent the transport <strong>of</strong> nuisance species.Clean all recreational equipment.www.ProtectYourWaters.netNon-absorbent items (boats, canoes, rubber waders, ‘hard-sided’objects)• Dishwashing Detergent: soak and scrub for at least oneminute in 5% solution (add 6.5oz <strong>of</strong> detergent with water tomake one gallon). ‘Green’ products are less effective and notrecommended for disinfecting.• Bleach: soak or spray all surfaces for at least one minute in 2%household bleach (2.5oz with water added to make one gallon).Bleach solutions must be replaced daily to remain effective.• Hot Water: soak for at least one minute in very hot water(above 140°F – hotter than most tap water) OR for at least20 minutes in hot water kept above 120°F (hot tap water,uncomfortable to touch).• Drying: Drying will kill Didymo, but slightly moistenvironments will support some organisms for months. Thisapproach should only be used for gear that can be left in thesun for extended periods <strong>of</strong> time (i.e. a canoe that’s left in theyard for several days between uses).• Freeze: Place item in freezer until solid.Absorbent items require longer soaking times to allow thoroughpenetration into the materials. Felt-soled waders, for example,are difficult and take time to properly disinfect. Other absorbentitems include clothing, wetsuits, sandals with fabric straps, oranything else that takes time to dry out. The thicker and denser amaterial, the longer it will require for adequate disinfection. Err onthe side <strong>of</strong> caution. Bleach solutions are not recommended forabsorbent materials.• Hot Water: Soak items for at least 40 minutes in very hot waterkept above 140°F (hotter than most tap water).• Dishwashing Detergent and hot water: (‘Green’ products areless effective and not recommended for disinfecting): soak for30 minutes in a hot 5% detergent/water solution kept above120°F.A simple, portable DISINFECTION KIT might include:• Large trash can and/or medium sized Rubbermaid-type bin forsoaking wading boots• Large stiff bristle brush for scrubbing• Spray bottle(s) or herbicidal pump spray can(s)• Graduated cylinder or measuring cup• 5% detergent solution and/or 2% bleach Solution2 0 1 2 R E G U L A T I O N S S U M M A R Y 19


FISH – A Guide to Your HealthHEALTH BENEFITS OF EATING FISHFish are nutritious and good to eat. When properly prepared, fishprovide numerous health benefits, especially for the heart. TheAmerican Heart Association recommends eating two to three fishmeals each week.The benefits <strong>of</strong> eating fish include:• Fish <strong>of</strong>fer high-quality protein with fewer calories than asimilar-sized portion <strong>of</strong> meat. Example: Both catfish andground beef are about 18% protein. But, for an 8-ounce meal,the catfish will have only about 232 calories, while the regularground beef will have about 640 calories.• Fish are low in sodium and are good sources <strong>of</strong> potassium,vitamins, and other minerals.• Fish are generally low in cholesterol and saturated fats, whichhave been associated with high blood pressure and heartdisease.• While the benefits <strong>of</strong> fish on nutrition are still being studied,much <strong>of</strong> the current research is focused on various kinds <strong>of</strong>beneficial fats in fish, particularly a kind <strong>of</strong> omega-3 fattyacids which are in some fish and fish oils. Some studies haveindicated that eating these fatty acids have favorable effects onhealth conditions such as reducing blood cholesterol levels andhigh blood pressure and hardening <strong>of</strong> the arteries.Keeping Fish FreshThe two best ways <strong>of</strong> keeping fish fresh on a fishing trip areto keep them alive or chill them. Since keeping fish alive is notalways possible, a practical solution to the problem is an ice chest.Keep the drain open on the chest, because dead fish left in waterwill soon lose their flavor.Although not as effective as an ice cooler, fish stringers are <strong>of</strong>tenused out <strong>of</strong> necessity, especially when wade fishing.Cleaning FishThe fresher the fish, the easier it is to clean. Do not freeze the fishwhole or put the job <strong>of</strong>f until the skin is dry and brittle.Scaling the fish can be done in a variety <strong>of</strong> ways. Fish scalers,which can be purchased from most tackle shops, do an adequatejob.When skinning catfish, drive a nail through the head into aboard, with the fish’s belly down. Cut completely through theskin around the back <strong>of</strong> the head and pull the skin <strong>of</strong>f with pliers.Then, remove the head and entrails. Larger catfish are best filletedafter they have been skinned and huge ones may be steaked −leaving the backbone in and cutting crosswise in one-inch steaks.For frying small panfish such as bluegill or crappie whole in askillet, make a cut down each side <strong>of</strong> the dorsal and anal fins, thenpull the fins out by the “roots.” After scaling, make a diagonal cutthrough the fish, thus removing the head, entrails and rib cagein one operation. Leave the tails on. When fried crisp, they makedelicious “crunchies”.FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIESThe <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Fish Consumption Advisories are presentedin the following pages. These recommendations are intendedto allow you to receive the nutritional benefits from eating fishwhile keeping the level <strong>of</strong> contaminants from fish at levels in yourbody where health problems are not likely. Fish advisories arenot intended to discourage you from eating fish, but should beused as a guide to eating fish in the proper amounts so as not toadversely impact your health. You can reduce your risks by eatingfish less likely to contain contaminants, cleaning and cookingthem properly, and eating portions that correspond to your bodyweight.CONTAMINANTS IN FISHSome fish take in contaminants (PCBs, for example) from the waterthey live in and the food they eat. These contaminants build up inthe fish over time. Eating contaminated fish can result in a buildup<strong>of</strong> these chemicals in your body, so it is important to keep yourexposure as low as possible. The meal advisory on the followingpages is intended to protect people, especially pregnant andnursing women, women who may become pregnant in the nextfew years, and small children from potential health problems fromeating contaminants in fish.Which fish are less likely to containcontaminants?Some fish such as sunfish, crappie, and trout eat insects and otheraquatic life and are less likely to contain contaminants at levelsthat might affect your health. If you eat walleye, bass, and otherpredatory fish, eat the smaller, younger fish that are less likely tocontain contaminants. Eat fewer fish like carp and catfish, whichfeed on the bottom <strong>of</strong> lakes and rivers and are more likely tocontain contaminants.How should I prepare and cook fish to reducethe amount <strong>of</strong> contaminants inthe fish?PCBs and Dioxin are contaminants that usually build up in a fish’sfat deposits and just underneath the skin. By removing the skin andfat before cooking, you can reduce the levels <strong>of</strong> these chemicals.Mercury and Selenium collect in the fish’s muscle and cannot bereduced by cleaning and cooking methods.To reduce PCBs and Dioxin contaminants:• Fillet fish and throw away the fat, skin, and internal organs(where contaminants are most likely to accumulate) before youcook them. Fat is concentrated on the belly, the middle <strong>of</strong> theback, the line along the sides, and under the skin.• Cooking does not destroy the contaminants, but heatfrom cooking melts some <strong>of</strong> the fat and allows some <strong>of</strong>the contaminated fat to drain away. Broil, grill, or bake thetrimmed, skinned fish on a rack so the fat drips away. Throwaway the fat that comes from cooking fish.20 W E S T V I R G I N I A F I S H I N G


WV Statewide Consumption Advisories – FISHWater Body Species Limit your fish meals to: ContaminantsHybrid Striped BassWhite Bass1 meal a monthBlack Bass(largemouth, smallmouth, spotted)Channel Catfish greater than 17”All Waters in <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>except where listed in theSpecific Consumption Advisorieson pages 22 and 23.Flathead CatfishRock BassWalleye and Saugeye2 meals a monthMercuryPCBsSaugerAll SuckersChannel Catfish less than 17”All Other Species1 meal a weekRainbow TroutNo LimitHOW TO USE THIS ADVISORYFollow the advice presented in this brochure, noting thedifferences between the General Advisories for all <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>waters on this page and the Specific Advisories on page 19. Findthe meal advice for the fish you’ve caught. “Do Not Eat” means noone should eat those fish because <strong>of</strong> very high contamination. Theother groups (“One Meal a Week”, “Two Meals a Month”, “One Meala Month”, and “Six Meals a Year”) are advice for how <strong>of</strong>ten to eat afish meal. The size <strong>of</strong> the fish meal depends on your body weight.To adjust serving sizes, follow the advice in the meal size table.Women <strong>of</strong> childbearing age, children and people who regularlyeat fish are particularly susceptible to contaminants that build upover time. If you fall into one <strong>of</strong> these categories, you should beespecially careful to follow the meal sizes and space fish meals outaccording to the advisory tables.Your body can get rid <strong>of</strong> some contaminants over time. Spacingthe meals out helps prevent the contaminants from building up toharmful levels in the body. For example, if the fish you eat is in the“One Meal a Month Group”, wait a month before eating anothermeal <strong>of</strong> fish from any restricted category. Occasionally eating fishin quantities slightly greater than the advisories recommend, suchas during an annual fishing vacation, should not present a healthhazard.A person weighing betweenpoundsMeal Sizesshould eat no more than thisamount per mealounces <strong>of</strong> precooked fish20 or less 1.021-35 1.536-50 2.051-70 3.071-90 4.091-110 5.0111-130 6.0131-150 7.0151 and over 8.0Remember that 3.0 ounces <strong>of</strong> precooked fish is about the size <strong>of</strong> thepalm <strong>of</strong> your hand or a deck <strong>of</strong> cardsRemember that 1.5 ounces <strong>of</strong> precooked fish is about one-half the size<strong>of</strong> the palm <strong>of</strong> your hand or one-half the size <strong>of</strong> a deck <strong>of</strong> cardsFor Additional InformationThe advisory listing was current at the time this summarywent to press. Other fish consumption advisories may havebeen issued or lifted since that time. Notice <strong>of</strong> such actionsis released to the public through press releases. For furtherinformation or the most current advice contact:WVDHHR: (304) 558-2981 • www.wvdhhr.org/fishWVDNR: (304) 558-2771 • www.wvdnr.govWVDEP: (304) 926-0495 • www.dep.wv.govUSEPA: www.epa.gov/waterscience/fish2 0 1 2 R E G U L A T I O N S S U M M A R Y 21


FISH – 2012 WV Specific Consumption AdvisoriesWater Body Species Limit your fish meals to: Contaminants*Bluestone River Carp 1 meal a month PCBsFish Creek Smallmouth Bass, all sizes 1 meal a month MercuryFlat Fork CreekCarpChannel Catfish, all sizesDo not eatPCBsSuckersGreenbrier River Smallmouth Bass less than 12” 1 meal a month MercuryFlathead Catfish, all sizesKanawha Riverdownstream <strong>of</strong> I-64 bridge inDunbar including all backwaters,Armour Creek, Heizer Creek,Manila Creek, lower two milesPocatalico RiverChannel Catfish, all sizesCarpHybrid Striped BassSuckersDo not eatDioxin*MercuryPCBsAll other species1 meal a monthLittle Kanawha andHughes RiverSauger 1 meal a month MercuryUpper Mud and Mt. Stormlakes, and Pinnacle CreekFollow Advisory Guidelines for WV Statewide Consumption on page 21.Selenium**R. D. Bailey Lake Channel Catfish greater than 17” 6 meals a year PCBsShenandoah RiverCarp Do not eat Mercury PCBs*Smallmouth Bass, greater than 12” 1 meal a month MercuryFlathead Catfish, all sizes1 meal a monthSummersville LakeWalleye, less than 17”1 meal a monthMercuryWalleye, greater than 17”6 meals a yearSutton Lake Black Bass, all sizes 1 meal a month Mercury* PCBs: Polychlorinated Biphenyls** Measureable levels <strong>of</strong> Selenium were detected in samples from the listed water bodies. The levels measured would suggest advisories thatare less restrictive or consistent with the statewide consumption advice in place for mercury and PCBs.Note: Contaminant- Meal Limits are determined by the chemical with asterisk. Other chemicals, such as dioxin, (Hg) methyl mercury mayhave an advisory at a less restrictive level.22 W E S T V I R G I N I A F I S H I N G


Ohio River Specific Consumption Advisories – FISHThe protocol used to determine Ohio River fish consumption advisories (ORFCAP) is the product <strong>of</strong> the efforts <strong>of</strong> a multi-agency workgroupconsisting <strong>of</strong> representatives from the six main stem states (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>) as well as the USEPA and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) to develop consistent fish advisories along the Ohio River mainstem. The online Ohio River advisory is available at: http://216.68.102.178/comm/fishconsumption/default.asp , please refer to the websitefor recent updates.Ohio River Segment Species Limit your fish meals to: Contaminant(s)*Channel Catfish 18” and overDo not eatChannel Catfish less than 18”Common Carp6 meals a yearWhite BassBlack CrappiePennsylvania Border(East Liverpool) to Belleville Lock(Brooke, Hancock, MarshallOhio, Pleasants, Tyler, Wetzel andWood counties)Flathead CatfishFreshwater Drum 14” and overLargemouth BassSaugerSaugeye*PCBsSmallmouth Bass1 meal a monthSmallmouth BuffaloSpotted BassStriped Bass HybridAll SuckersWalleyeWhite CrappieChannel Catfish 18” and over6 meals a yearChannel Catfish less than 18”Belleville Lock to theKentucky Border(Cabell, Jackson Mason and Waynecounties)Common CarpFlathead CatfishFreshwater Drum 14” and overStriped Bass1 meal a month*PCBsStriped Bass HybridAll SuckersWhite Bass* PCBs: Polychlorinated BiphenylsNote: Contaminant- Meal Limits are determined by the chemical with asterisk. Other chemicals, such as dioxin, (Hg) methyl mercury mayhave an advisory at a less restrictive level.2 0 1 2 R E G U L A T I O N S S U M M A R Y 23


LICENSES – 2012 <strong>Fishing</strong> Fees<strong>Fishing</strong> and Hunting Licenses are good for the calendar year. You must purchase new licenses at the beginning <strong>of</strong> each year.All licensed anglers must carry a valid form <strong>of</strong> photo identification while fishing.RESIDENT LICENSESConservation Stamp(Class CS): ........................................................$5Required for licensed anglers except holders <strong>of</strong>Class X, XJ, XS, A-L, B-L, and AB-L licensesHunting and Trapping (Class A):.................................................... $19<strong>Fishing</strong> (Class B): includes National Forest................................... $19Sportsman Hunting/<strong>Fishing</strong>/Trapping (Class X):..................$35for ages 18 through 64Junior Sportsman Hunting/<strong>Fishing</strong>/Trapping (Class XJ):........................................................................ $16for ages 15 through 17Trout <strong>Fishing</strong> Stamp (Class O):........................................................ $10Required <strong>of</strong> licensed anglers fishing for trout, except holders<strong>of</strong> Class XS license.NONRESIDENT LICENSESConservation/Law Enforcement Stamp (Class CS/LE):....... $13Required for all licensed anglers<strong>Fishing</strong> (Class F):.....................................................................................$37Hunting/Trapping (Class E):...........................................................$119One Day <strong>Fishing</strong> (Class LL):..................................................................$3One dayJunior Sportsman Hunting/<strong>Fishing</strong>/Trapping(Class XXJ):.......................................................................................... $16for ages 15 through 17National Forest Hunting/Trapping/<strong>Fishing</strong>(Class I):..............$2Required <strong>of</strong> licensed anglers except for holders<strong>of</strong> Class XXJTrout <strong>Fishing</strong> Stamp (Class OO):..................................................... $16Required <strong>of</strong> licensed anglers fishing for troutRESIDENT ANDNONRESIDENT LICENSESSpecial Hunting and <strong>Fishing</strong> License for Personswith a Life-threatening Condition (Class DT):............... FREEIssued for ages 20 or less. Requires no additionallicenses or stamps.LIFETIME LICENSESCombination Hunting, Trapping and <strong>Fishing</strong>(Class AB-L)*:..................................................................................$805Combination Hunting, Trapping and <strong>Fishing</strong> -Infant (Class AB-L-I)*: ......................................................... $402.50must be purchased before age 2Senior Hunting, Trapping and <strong>Fishing</strong> (Class XS)*...............$25Required for anglers who turn 65 on or after 1/1/12.<strong>Fishing</strong> (Class B-L)*:........................................................................... $552<strong>Fishing</strong> - Infant (Class B-L-I)*: ...................................................... $276must be purchased before age 2Trout <strong>Fishing</strong> (Class O-L)**:........................................................... $230Trout <strong>Fishing</strong> - Infant (Class O-L-I)**: ........................................$115must be purchased before age 2* Conservation Stamp not required.** Valid only when accompanied by a Class B, AB-L, AB-L I,B-L, B-L-I, X, or XJ license.TROUT STAMP REQUIREMENTSIndividuals in the following groups do not need a troutstamp:• residents over 65 years <strong>of</strong> age• resident and nonresident youth under 15 years <strong>of</strong> age• residents who are disabled veterans or former POWsPURCHASING A LICENSELicenses may be obtained as follows:1. At more than 350 retail agent locations throughout thestate and all county clerks <strong>of</strong>fices. ($3 issuing fee for firstpurchase and $1 for subsequent purchases.)2. www.wvfish.com(Official DNR Web site - $2 fee per transaction.)3. Directly from the Hunting and <strong>Fishing</strong> License Unit byphoning (304) 558-2758. ($2 fee per transaction.)For additional information please contact:Hunting and <strong>Fishing</strong> License Unit<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> <strong>Division</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Natural</strong> <strong>Resources</strong>324 Fourth AvenueSouth Charleston, <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> 25303(304) 558-2758 • customerservice@wvdnr.gov24 W E S T V I R G I N I A F I S H I N G


Information – LICENSESFISHING LICENSENOT REQUIRED FOR1. Residents who are totally blind. A physician’s statement orcertificate must be carried while fishing.2. Residents who turn 65 years <strong>of</strong> age before 1/1/12. A WVdriver’s license or WV photo ID card issued by the <strong>Division</strong><strong>of</strong> Motor Vehicles shall be carried while fishing.3. Nonresidents or residents under 15 years <strong>of</strong> age.4. Residents on active duty in the U. S. armed forces while onmilitary leave. Leave papers shall be carried while fishing.5. Resident landowners or their resident children, residentparents, or bona fide resident tenants <strong>of</strong> such land may fishon their own land during open seasons in accordance withthe laws and regulations applying to such fishing.6. Residents honorably discharged from the U. S. armed forcesreceiving total permanent service-connected disabilitybenefits or former prisoners <strong>of</strong> war as determined by theVeterans Administration or resident disabled veteranswho qualify under <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Code 17A-10-8 and areexempted from payment <strong>of</strong> any motor vehicle registrationfee by the Commissioner <strong>of</strong> Motor Vehicles. Such personsmust carry a card issued by the DNR.7. Residents or in-patients <strong>of</strong> any state mental hospital, health orbenevolent institution. Such persons must be under propersupervision and carry a written statement or certificatesigned by the superintendent <strong>of</strong> the institution or facility.8. Developmentally disabled residents. A DDFL card issued bythe DNR must be carried while fishing.9. Trout stamp not required for resident anglers 65 years <strong>of</strong>age or older.OPEN FISHINGTOURNAMENT SPONSORSA permit is required from the <strong>Division</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Natural</strong> <strong>Resources</strong>to hold a tournament that is open to the public or awardscash or prizes. Club tournaments, which are restricted tomembers competing for points, do not require a permit.Tournament permit requests should bemade to:<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> <strong>Division</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Natural</strong> <strong>Resources</strong>Wildlife <strong>Resources</strong> Section324 Fourth AvenueSouth Charleston, <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> 25303Call (304) 558-2771 for information.Definition <strong>of</strong> ResidentA person who has been a domiciled resident continuously in<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> for 30 consecutive days or more immediatelyprior to the date <strong>of</strong> application for a license or permit.This includes members <strong>of</strong> the U.S. armed forces stationedoutside the state who were <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> residents at thetime <strong>of</strong> entry into the service and any full-time student <strong>of</strong> acollege or university <strong>of</strong> this state. Nonresident students donot qualify for a lifetime license.VIOLATIONSPoint System for <strong>Fishing</strong> ViolationsPersons making false application for a license will have theirlicense privileges suspended for one year.Points assigned for other fishing violations:10 points for use <strong>of</strong> explosives or poison materialin taking fish6 points for taking fish by illegal method, exceeding dailycreel limit, and using bait in a restricted area4 points for all other violationsWhen a violator accumulates 10 or more fishing or hunting pointscombined, his/her license(s) will be revoked for a period <strong>of</strong> twoyears.Points will be removed on their second anniversary or uponrestoration <strong>of</strong> the license(s).Reporting Boating, <strong>Fishing</strong> and Hunting LawViolations:In progress – dial 911Not in progress – call District Law Enforcement Officeduring normal operating hours.1. Observe and write down all <strong>of</strong> the information concerning theviolation.2. Don’t confront violator.3. Contact a local <strong>Natural</strong> <strong>Resources</strong> Police Officer or countycommunication center as soon as possible.4. Become involved in protecting your sport, be willing to testifyin court.Stream Pollution or Fish Kills: Call 1-800-642-3074.The WVDNR has the authority under Federal Welfare ReformLegislation (Title 42 <strong>of</strong> the U.S. Code Section 666 (a) (13)to collect the Social Security Number from an applicantfor a recreational license such as a fishing and huntinglicense. This facilitates collection <strong>of</strong> child support payments.States failing to collect a SSN could face loss <strong>of</strong> federalwelfare funds. The DNR takes every precaution includingencryption and masking to protect your SSN.2 0 1 2 R E G U L A T I O N S S U M M A R Y 25


FISH – Sport Fish IdentificationGame Fish Defined: The following are game fish - bluegill, black bass (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted), rock bass, striped bass, white bass, channelcatfish, flathead catfish, chain pickerel, crappie, muskellunge, northern pike, sauger, brook trout, brown trout, golden rainbow trout, rainbow trout, walleye,other sunfish and all game fish hybrids.Paintings by Duane Raver.BluegillCarpBlack CrappieLargemouth BassBullhead CatfishWhite CrappieSmallmouth BassChannel CatfishFallfishFlathead CatfishSpotted BassChain PickerelFreshwater DrumRock BassMuskellungeYellow PerchStriped BassTiger MuskyBrook TroutNorthern PikeBrown TroutHybrid-striped BassSaugerGolden Rainbow TroutWhite BassWalleyeRainbow Trout

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