CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Catfish stocking begins in mid-May in West Virginia.
The Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section and West Virginia's state parks have teamed to make catfishing even more rewarding.
Tagged channel catfish will be stocked into lakes at these state parks in mid-May: Cacapon, Cedar Creek, Chief Logan, Pipestem and Tomlinson Run.
Anglers who catch a tagged fish are asked to return the tag or the tag number 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 also can call in the information (304-420-4550) or provide the information via e-mail dnrfisht...@wv.gov
Anglers who report a tagged fish will receive the "tagged reward," park information, a certificate and a letter of congratulations via US mail after the information is received and recorded by DNR fisheries biologists.
Each certificate has a choice of three prizes: a train ride at Cass Scenic Railroad, a boat ride on the sternwheeler "Island Belle" to Blennerhassett Island or a Recreational Activity Pass at Pipestem resort.
Other state park area lakes stocked with catfish but not tagged include: Berwind Lake, Laurel Lake, Little Beaver State Park Lake, North Bend State Park Pond and Watoga State Park Lake.
Fishing at state parks and forests requires a West Virginia fishing license for anyone age 15 and older except for the free fishing days scheduled June 8 and 9, 2013. Also, residents who turn age 65 after January 1, 2012, are required to purchase a Senior Lifetime License.
There is no admission charge to state-operated parks and forests to go fishing. More than 30 areas in the West Virginia state parks system offer fishing opportunities onsite. Catfish stocking is in addition to spring trout stocking at many state park and forest locations.For a complete list of catfish stockings visit www.wvdnr.gov. For more about West Virginia's state park system and outdoor activities in May and June, visit www.wvstateparks.com and click Event Calendar.