MASON COUNTY — Shortly after the new year, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will again get busy stocking trout in Krodel Lake and Chief Cornstalk Lake.
Specific dates for 2014 stocking have not yet been reported, but the DNR said in a recent report that both lakes are stocked twice a year every year, in January and March. According to the stocking report for 2013, both Krodel Lake and Cornstalk Lake were stocked in January and March of 2013.
According to the DNR, trout are largely used for stocking because they tend to thrive in the hatcheries and grow according to the space available. Fish are produced in seven cold and two warm water hatcheries, all run by the DNR; Apple Grove is home to the newest hatchery.
Stocking local lakes provides fishing enthusiasts with more opportunities throughout the year, but it also helps enhance warm water fish populations. The DNR sometimes stocks fisheries with fingerling muskellunge, walleye, hybrid striped bass, and channel catfish when natural reproduction is insufficient. In the interests of conservation, the DNR stocks species that have been eliminated from West Virginia, such as the paddlefish and shovelnose sturgeon. These fish have historically been found in the Ohio and Kanawha rivers, but pollution or habitat disturbances have dramatically reduced their numbers.
Krodel’s 22-acre lake is home to Trout, Bass, and Blue Gill, all available for fishing. Krodel provides handicap access via the dock on the west side of the lake. Chief Cornstalk Lake is open for spring and winter fishing of stocked trout and a warm water fishery for sunfish, largemouth bass, and channel catfish. Signs on shore indicate the placement of fish attractants in the lake.
All those who fish in West Virginia are responsible for meeting licensing requirements. Licenses may be obtained at over 350 retail agent locations throughout the state and all county clerks offices. A $3 issuing fee for the first purchase and $1 fee for subsequent purchases is charged. Licenses can also be obtained over the Internet at www.wvfish.com with a $2 issuing fee or directly from the Hunting and Fishing License Unit by phoning (304) 558-2758 ( $2 issuing fee ).
Those interested in fishing at Krodel and Cornstalk this winter and spring, may check the daily stocking report at http://www.wvdnr.gov/fishing/public_access.asp, or by calling 304-558-3399.
For additional information please contact the Hunting and Fishing License Unit at (304) 558-2758.