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West Virginia Wildlife
Lock Fishing
Patrick McMurtry You Can Hook Into Almost Anything At A Lock Or Dam

June 26, 2013
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice

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No matter what kind of fishing you like to do, you can do it in West Virginia. Have a hankering for trout? Hit a lake or stream. Smallmouth? No problem, the rivers here are chock full of them. Musky or walleye? You can find them all over, too. But nothing offers the diversity or element of surprise more than fishing the big waters around the state's locks and dams. Doc Priddy, a local angling expert, has been fishing them for years.

"You never know what you're gonna catch. I caught that paca in here, we had the news coming down but it got back in the river on me. It was 6lbs and 19", that thing was as hard as that pipe right there and his teeth looked like our teeth."

Like Doc said, you just never know what you'll catch, and you really never know for sure when the fish in these big rivers will be biting, either.

"Sometimes you might come over here and not catch a minnow, and sometimes you come over here and there are all kinds of fish." says Priddy.

You have to be ready for anything. One morning we caught hybrid bass, a pretty nice small mouth, and some good bait fish. Doc says don't throw the small ones back-use them to catch the big ones.

"I've been fishing here for 35 years. What's the secret to catching fish here? You have to be here at the right time and you have to use the right bait. You can throw plugs up here all the time, sometimes they'll bite, but they like live bait, they don't want it dead." says Priddy.

So, what have we learned from an expert? You're never sure when to fish or what you'll catch, but you're sure to have a good time casting a line and hoping to haul in a good story. Doc's full of them.



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