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West Virginia Wildlife
Rail Stocking
Patrick McMurtry Remote Fishing Close To Home

May 29, 2013
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice


Getting trout into the rivers, streams and lakes of West Virginia is a full time job, and sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just can't get a stocking truck where it needs to be. That's when you have to get creative.
Jim Walker, a biologist with The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, explains why this river is particularly difficult to stock.

"The section of the Buckhannon we're stocking now is from Sago to Alexander and we stock it by rail. It's a real remote section of the river, it's about a fourteen mile stretch and the best way to access the area is by rail."

And boy are they loading the river with trout! This is something you will never see, and it takes a lot of extra effort to get this stocking done, but if you take the time to come fish this beautiful stretch of water, you'll be glad the DNR literally went the extra mile.

"We put one of our stock trucks on a rail truck and stock right off the rail into the river which provides the angler with a back country experience, kind of a wilderness experience to get away from the elbow to elbow fishing, get away from the crowds, just go out there and enjoy a natural fishing experience by themselves." says Walker.

Usually you'd have to drive a few hours to get to something this remote, this beautiful, with trout stocked every year. Not this place...it's not far from civilization!

"The beauty of this area, is it's so secluded, there's boulders and riffles and really it's like a wilderness or national forest experience just a few miles from the community of Buckhannon." says Walker.

And thanks to the DNR biologists, there's plenty of beautiful trout, too!

LEARN MORE at the W. Va. DNR


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