Fishing is a long-loved tradition in West Virginia, and that very first fish is something few forget. It’s almost a rite of passage among our hills and hollers, with stories that are always eager to be shared—some with a few lessons wrapped up in them.
West Virginia’s anglers tackle freshwater leviathan. This story was originally published in the August 2015 issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine. To subscribe, visit wonderfulwv.com. When the fish struck, the rod didn’t just throb and jerk as it would with bass, trout, and most other gamefish. Instead, the rod bowed
An ugly—but tasty—fish could soon invade West Virginia’s waters. This story was originally published in the April 2018 issue of Wonderful West Virginia. To subscribe, visit wonderfulwv.com. written by Mikenna Pierotti It’s a plot straight from Godzilla, King Kong, Alien, and countless other monster movies. A strange creature arrives from
A look at some of West Virginia’s lesser-known fish species. This story was originally published in the May 2018 issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine. To subscribe, visit wonderfulwv.com. Written by Wendy Holdren Dan Cincotta knows his fish. He even has a species named after him. The Crystallaria cincotta—or diamond
A handmade rod introduces everyday anglers to the joys and challenges of fishing with bamboo. Don Crum ties his own flies. It’s a skill he learned as a boy growing up in Mingo County and something he’s proud of—knowing that his fly floating on the water for just a few
This story was originally published in the July 2017 issue of Wonderful West Virginia. To subscribe, visit wonderfulwv.com. North Bend State Park helps nature novices take their first steps toward outdoor adventures. When Miki Gain of Salem turned 50 in 2016, she decided to start doing the things she had
The Kanawha, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers offer some of the best dam fishing spots in the state. The Marmet Locks and Dam does not have the most inviting parking lot,especially with the barbed wire-topped fence separating this patch of gravelfrom the Kanawha River. But the blacklettered sign lets visitors know