SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Leading up to West Virginia’s annual free fishing weekend, the state Division of Natural Resources has stocked nearly 6,000 pounds of channel catfish in 41 ponds and lakes around the state.
“Summer catfish stockings have become really popular over the last few years and we’re excited to be giving anglers and their families another chance to catch a fish and enjoy our state’s natural beauty,” said DNR Director Stephen McDaniel. “Whether it’s trout in the spring or catfish in the summer, our stocking program provides incredible fishing opportunities for West Virginians throughout the year.”
Catfish stocking starts each year as the spring trout season winds down. It also coincides with the state’s free fishing weekend, which will be June 13-14 this year. During this annual event, anglers may fish in state waters without having to first buy a fishing license, trout stamp or national forest stamp.
“There are a good number of trophy-sized channel catfish in the mix this year,” said Jim Hedrick, DNR hatchery program manager. “We even have a few albinos out there, so anglers have a really unique opportunity to catch a white catfish.”
Catfish Stocking Locations — Catfish have been stocked in ponds and lakes in each of the DNR’s six districts. Stocked waters include:
District 1 Coopers Rocks Lake, Dunkard Fork Lake, Hinkle Lake, Mason Lake, Pendleton Lake, Teter Creek Lake, Tomlinson Run Lake and Deegan Lake.
District 2 Cacapon State Park, Edwards Run Pond, Fort Ashby Lake, Parker Hollow Lake, Poorhouse Lake and South Mill Creek Lake.
District 3 Big Ditch Lake, Camp Caesar Lake, French Creek Pond, Handley Pond, Indian Rock Lake, Seneca Lake, Wallback Lake and Watoga Lake.
District 4 Anawalt Lake, Babcock Lake, Berwind Lake, Little Beaver State ParkMoncove Lake, Pipestem Lake and Plum Orchard Lake.
District 5 Barboursville Lake, Chief Logan State Park, Coonskin Pond, Hurricane Lake, Krodel Lake, Laurel Lake, Lick Creek Pond and Miller Fork Pond.
District 6 Cedar Creek State Park, Conaway Run Lake, Mountwood Lake and North Bend State Park pond.