Would it be possible for a hardcore West Virginia angler to spend the entire year doing nothing but fishing maybe a little bit of hunting mixed in? Well, let’s just pretend that such a year would be possible, and here’s a game plan for accomplishing this fantasy.
Here’s a sample of some great destinations to help you plan your next fishing trip and be sure to check out the solunar fishing calendar on In-Fisherman!
Lower Elk River
My biggest Elk River walleye was only 26 inches, and the reason I write “only” is that far bigger marble-eyes fin this central West Virginia waterway. The lower Elk below Sutton Lake is known for both trophy-size and numbers of walleyes, and February remains a prime month for them.
Two of the more popular float trips are King Shoals to Queen Shoals (8 miles) and Frametown to Duck (6 miles). Both feature a number of deep pools and riffles – or shoals, as they are known in this part of the state. In February, however, look for the fish to be more concentrated around rock and wood cover in the pools. A rainy and/or overcast day after a warm front has come through is your best bet for success. For information on float trips go to www.wvdnr.gov/fishing/public_access.
The North Fork of the South Branch receives two stockings of trout this month and little fishing pressure. If wintertime runoff is not a problem, fishing is prime.
Middle Island Creek and its muskies don’t require warm weather or water for the action to heat up.
MSRP: Pricing starts at $22,195.
The 186 VLO measures in at 18 feet 9 inches with an 89-inch beam. The boat is built on a fiberglass, foam-filled hull and weighs in at 1,450 pounds and can hold a payload of 1,320 pounds. Maximum room is devoted to rod and tackle storage and fishing deck. VLO comes with a cus-tom-built, single axle trailer with submersible lights, a swing jack and a swing-away tongue.
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