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Experiencing the Outdoors;
Springtime Fishing
by Cory Boothe

     

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The waterways of West Virginia are warming. Last week’s rains have melted much of the snow found at the headwaters of our rivers. Fish are becoming active. Some of the first fish to become active are muskies, saugers, and walleyes. Unfortunately, no saugers can be found in the Little Kanawha River upstream of Well’s Lock.

Fishermen might start to find more walleyes available in the Little Kanawha. Stocking efforts have taken place at Burnsville Lake. I have heard rumors of walleyes being caught along the Little Kanawha downstream of Burnsville Dam. Walleyes are most often caught during periods of low light, such as dawn and dusk.

The recent backwaters have been good for muskie fishing. Catches have been reported at various backwaters in Calhoun. Look for this trend to continue for the next month or more.

Spring peepers are out in force. This is my favorite rite of spring. It is a blessing that residents of Calhoun are familiar with, and a sign that winter is exiting our lives.

Ramps are probably peeking out of the ground. It is best to remember the location of a patch from previous years. Many feel that ramps at this time are more potent. The flavor is intense.

Enjoy the outdoors. Spring is almost here.

 Comments can be sent to Coryboothe@verizon.net.

Editor’s Note: Cory is the son of Ronzel and Karen Boothe of Russett. He is a 1996 graduate of Calhoun County High School and is a teacher at Meadow Bridge Elementary, Fayette County. He resides near Summersville.)

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