New West Virginia fishing regulations have been established for 2011, according the State’s Division of Natural Resources.
The new regulations include:
Shavers Fork Stuart Recreation Area Trout Catch-and-Release
A new catch-and-release area for trout took effect January 1, 2011. The new area is approximately a 1-mile section of Shavers Fork River encompassing much of the Stuart Park Recreation Area, just east of Elkins. “The area is a popular family destination and is a great addition to the existing catch-and-release areas. We expect it to be popular with trout anglers who like to practice catch-and-release,” noted Director Jezioro. Shavers Fork is a popular trout fishery and attracts many anglers and tourists. The new catch-and-release area can be accessed by foot from county Route 6 on the River Loop Trail, or by driving into the Stuart Recreation Area to the river. A locked gate is located at the road entrance, and a U.S. Forest Service day-use fee is charged from mid-April through September.
New River Walleye
A new regulation on walleye in the New River provides a two-fold approach to walleye management. First, a 20-inch to 30-inch slot regulation with a two walleye limit, one of which may be over 30 inches, is in effect on the New River from the Hawks Nest Dam extending upstream to the West Virginia/Virginia state line. Second, within this section is a catch-and-release regulation for all walleye from the Meadow Creek public access site extending upstream five miles to the base of Sandstone Falls. “These regulations are intended to protect walleye during our efforts to restore the fishery in the New River,” said Jezioro.
Hybrid Striped Bass, Striped Bass and White Bass
There is a statewide daily limit of 30 fish in aggregate with no more than four fish greater than 15 inches in length, except in the designated special regulation waters: East Lynn, Mt. Storm and Rollins lakes. “This regulation is intended to reduce confusion among anglers in the identification of these similar species and will lead to consistent regulations on the Ohio River for these popular sport fish”, noted Jezioro.
Mash Fork of Camp Creek
A Children and Class Q fishing area is established on Mash Fork within Camp Creek State Park and State Forest in Mercer County. This area is approximately 100 yards long and provides trout fishing opportunities for children under 10 years of age and physically challenged persons from March through May.
The 2011 Fishing Regulations Summary is available at all West Virginia hunting and fishing license agents, DNR District Offices, Elkins Operation Center and South Charleston Headquarters.
The 2011 Fishing Regulations Summary Regulations is also available online at www.wvdnr.gov.
source: West Virginia Division of Natural Resources