Hard-core fisherman, weekend anglers, or even those who may have fished a time or two as a child are all invited to wet a line somewhere in
"It’s an opportunity for folks to invite family and friends back to the state," said Brett Preston, Chief of Warmwater Fisheries for the West Virginia DNR. "I think we have a legacy of great fishing opportunities in the state and this reacquaints people with that legacy."
National Fishing and Boating Week was established as a national event several decades ago by the marine and tackle manufacturing companies. The idea is to create a buzz and celebrate
The aim of the free fishing days is to give an opportunity to everyone to experience fishing again. Another main goal is to get more children involved in fishing.
"It is a lifelong recreational activity, whether you’re nine or 90, the opportunity will be there for you to fish," said
"I do think if you introduce a kid to fishing at an early age, you still have a chance,"
The cost of getting children involved in fishing doesn’t take much. Basic fishing tackle is very affordable at retail outlets. All that’s needed afterward is a can of worms and some patience.
There are numerous public waters across the state to get started. Pick a spot that has easy access and a high probability of catching fish if someone is fishing for the first time, particularly for a child. Also, remember if you’re in the Elkins area, the DNR has a kids’ fishing derby this Saturday at the Bowden Fish Hatchery in
The free fishing weekend is open on any public water in