WVDNR Conducts Catchable Channel Catfish Stockings

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West Virginia Stocks Channel CatfishThe West Virginia Division of Natural Resources recently completed stocking of more than 2,600 catchable-size channel catfish, according to DNR Director Frank Jezioro.  Stockings were conducted at 13 lakes throughout the state.  Lakes stocked were:  Bear Rocks (Ohio Co.); Castleman Run (Ohio Co.); Tomlinson Run (Hancock Co.); French Creek (Upshur Co.); Wallback (Clay Co.); Anawalt (McDowell Co.); Berwind (McDowell Co.); Barboursville (Cabell Co.); Laurel (Mingo Co.); and Cedar Creek (Gilmer Co.).

In addition, tagged catfish were stocked in lakes at North Bend State Park (Ritchie Co.), Pipestem State Park (Summers Co.) and Chief Logan State Park (Logan Co.).

Anglers who catch a tagged fish are asked to return the tag along with information on the date of capture, if the fish was kept or released, and the name and address of the angler to WVDNR, 2311 Ohio Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26101. Anglers can also call in the information (304-420-4550) or provide the information via e-mail (fishtags [at] wvdnr [dot] gov). 

During the week of June 2, additional catchable-size catfish are being stocked into lakes at the Cacapon State Park, Watoga State Park, and Blackwater Falls State Park, as well as North Bend, Pipestem, and Chief Logan state parks. These stockings will coincide with West Virginia Free Fishing Days (June 7-8).