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Experiencing the Outdoors;
Trotline Fishing
by Cory Boothe


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Spring turkey season ended on a very high note for me. I took a nice gobbler with a 10-inch beard. The hunt ended nice and early, and allowed me to be on time for work, Saturday morning. This last day turkey complimented my opening day turkey, which sported a 9-inch beard.

Fishing is in full swing. It is trotline time on the Little Kanawha River. Remember, a trotline needs to have a legible name tag and be checked every day. Game fish may be used, if caught on rod and reel, so it is legal to use a bluegill as long as it was caught on a rod and reel. Rock bass make wonderful trotline bait as well.

The state record flathead catfish is from the Little Kanawha. The fish was caught in 1956 by a L.L. McClung. It was 52 inches long and weighed 70 lbs. Rumor is that it was caught in the vicinity of where the Hughes dumps into the Little Kanawha, near Newark. It is feasible that a larger fish swims the Little Kanawha today.

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