June 7-8 is free fishing weekend in West Virginia

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Fishing on Tygart River
Photo courtesy W.V.a Department of Commerce

The weekend of June 7-8 (2014) is free fishing weekend in West Virginia, during which residents and nonresidents alike may fish its lakes and streams without a license.

Frank Jezerio, director of the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources, emphasized in a May 28 press release the opportunity that weekend to introduce or reintroduce friends and family to the sport and to water recreation in the Mountain State.

“It is a great opportunity to remind people of the fun of fishing,” Jezerio said. “If you already have a license, take someone fishing — it may be your children, spouse, or co-worker – and introduce them to a lifetime of outdoor enjoyment.”

The division also sponsors in activities statewide over the weekend, including a Youth Fishing Derby June 7 at the Bowden Fish Hatchery in Randolph County near Elkins, West Virginia. Children must register for the event, and will receive basic fishing instruction and have the opportunity to enjoy time fishing with friends and family.

Visit our Fishing section at West Virginia Explorer for a guide to fishing lakes and streams, rules and regulations, and more.