Water temperatures throughout the state’s rivers
are around 70 degrees and bass have finished spawning. This year’s high
water probably did not help with the success of spawning. On turbid
rivers, such as the Little Kanawha, it’s easy for nests to get covered
with silt that suffocates the eggs.
I got to float the top Gauley above Summersville
Dam over Memorial Weekend. This is a whitewater float and not for a
novice. We managed to catch trout, walleye, and bass. It is one of the
few rivers in the state where a person can expect to catch all three
species of fish. The final count was 107 fish between three fishermen.
After school lets out, I plan to visit Calhoun
County and run a trotline. I can’t wait, as catfishing should be around
its peak time now. Good luck. If you have any fish photos from Memorial
Day Weekend, send to