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West Virginia Wildlife
Introduction To Fishing
Katelyn Sykes Keep It Simple And Have A Blast

May 14, 2014
Reporter: Katelyn Sykes
Videographer: Brad Rice


HURRICANE, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) – It’s that time of year again to grab your fishing rods and head out onto the water to catch some fish. It’s also the perfect opportunity to get your kids interested in fishing.

Luke Miller, 8, loves everything about fishing.

"That you can catch fish,” he said. “Big, any size."

Luke said the biggest fish he ever caught was about 33 inches long. What he also likes about fishing is that he can go with his grandfather, Roger Miller. The pair have been fishing together since Luke was 3 years old and have a blast.

"It's just great. It brings back memories of fishing with my dad,” Roger said.

Taking your kids or grandkids fishing like the Millers do isn’t only a great bonding experience.

"It gets them out of the house,” said Nate Taylor, assistant fisheries biologist with the West Virginia DNR. “It gets them introduced in some of the natural resources that this state has to offer."

It doesn’t have to be expensive either. All you need is a cheap pole, a bobber and some worms and you are good to go. Some of the best places to fish are any of the small impoundments across the state. Those are home to several bass, bluegill and catfish, which is the easiest fish for beginners to catch.

"Bluegill are really just a pretty fish and they're really exciting because if you're fishing with bobbers or something they're going to pull the bobbers down," Taylor said.

Taylor said no age is too young to get started.

"A lot of kids go out when they're 2, 3 years old and they're the ones who continue fishing throughout their whole lives," he said.

Keep it simple and make it a positive experience and the kids will want to come back and do it again -- just like the Millers do, bonding over the thrill of what’ is under the water.

LEARN MORE at the W. Va. DNR


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