State streams, lakes to be stocked with fish
The state Division of Natural Resources will stock 25 streams and nine lakes with more than 32,000 pounds of fish beginning Tuesday.
Stocking will begin Oct. 15 and continue until Oct. 25. A list of lakes and streams to be stocked by date will be available on the DNR's website starting Tuesday.
Fortunately for anglers, only one facility may not be stocked this season because of the government shutdown, despite some of the lakes and streams being on or near federal property.
Only Rock Cliff Lake in Hardy County will not be stocked if the government shutdown doesn't end in the next two weeks.
"If the shutdown stops, we'll be able to stock it," said Curtis Taylor, DNR Wildlife Resources chief.
Taylor said the only access to Rock Cliff Lake is via a road and campground that are currently closed due to the government shutdown.
The only alternative would be for DNR employees to physically carry buckets of fish one-half mile to and from the nearest open point on the road and the lake, an action Taylor said he's not making employees take.
"We could access only what we can access," he said.
For everywhere else, the autumn fish stock will go on as planned, something fishermen are looking forward to, Taylor said.
Also this fall, a small lake in Grant County along New Creek will be stocked after work on New Creek Dam 14 was completed earlier this year. The spot is located just off W.Va. 93 between New Creek, Mineral County, and Scherr, Grant County.
As for overnight accommodations, anglers should keep in mind that campgrounds on National Forest, National Park Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land remain closed until the government shutdown ends. State-operated facilities, as well as private campgrounds, remain open.
For daily fish stocking reports, visit wvdnr.gov/Fishing/Stocking/DailyStock.shtm or call the state's Fishing Hotline at 304-558-3399.
While none of the areas to be stocked during the fall cycle are in Kanawha County, some bodies of water in nearby counties will be stocked. A complete list of areas to be stocked and the time of year those waterways are given fish is available in the DNR's fishing regulations manual.
Contact writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Murphy@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.