Catfish Stocked in WV Waters


More than 8,000 catchable sized catfish were stocked around West Virginia during the week of May 14th.  The DNR continued the popular program by releasing the fish at various public waters to enhance fishing opportunities.

The release is part of a cooperative program with West Virginia State Parks to annually fill lakes with catfish in various state parks and enhance fishing chances for park guests.  More than 400 of the channel catfish have been tagged.  DNR Fisheries managers hope if you catch a fish with a tag you’ll return the tag information.  

Those who do take the time to relay the information on where the tagged fish was caught could qualify for a couple of great prizes.  The tagged fish rewards include a choice of a ride to Whittaker Station on Cass Scenic Railroad or a ride to Blennerhassett Island aboard the sternwheeler The Island Belle.

State Parks receiving catfish in the program were: Cacapon State Park Lake; Cedar Creek State Park Lake; Chief Logan State Park Lake; Little Beaver State Park Lake; North Bend State Park Pond; Pipestem State Park Lake; Tomlinson Run State Park Lake; and Pendleton Lake at Blackwater Falls State Park

Additional waters stocked with the catfish include: Anawalt Lake (McDowell Co.), Barboursville Lake (Cabell Co.), Berwind Lake (McDowell Co.), Cacapon State Park Lake (Morgan Co.), Cedar Creek State Park Lake (Gilmer Co.), Chief Logan State Park Lake (Logan Co.), Conaway Run Lake (Tyler Co.), Coopers Rock Lake (Monongalia Co.), Edwards Run Pond (Hampshire Co.), French Creek Pond (Upshur Co.), Handley Pond (Pocahontas Co.), Hurricane Lake (Putnam Co.), Indian Rock Lake (Nicholas Co.), Krodel Lake (Mason Co.), Laurel Lake (Mingo Co.), Little Beaver State Park Lake (Raleigh Co.), Mason Lake (Monongalia Co.), Mountwood Lake (Wood Co.), North Bend State Park Pond (Ritchie Co.), Pendleton Lake (Tucker Co.), Pipestem State Park Lake (Summers Co.), Tomlinson Run State Park Lake (Hancock Co.), Wallback Lake (Clay Co.), and Wirt County Farm Pond (Wirt Co.).


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