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Trout stocking schedule not publicized

Submitted photo Linden Morris displays a brown trout caught at Dry Fork. Morris, of Morgantown, is the grandson of Alan Bennett, formerly of Elkins, and the great-grandson of Calvin and Margret Bennett of Elkins.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is continuing to stock trout, but it has been decided that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the public will not be informed of the schedule or the locations being stocked.

A DNR press release stated, “At this time, trout stocking will continue as scheduled in West Virginia waters. However, in light of the COVID-19 quarantine guidelines, we are asking anglers to stay clear of our trout stocking staff and always maintain appropriate social distancing between other anglers.

“As West Virginians and American citizens, each of us must take personal responsibility for stopping the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your assistance in these challenging times and have fun in the great WV Outdoors,” the release reads.

DNR Director Steve McDaniel said that the decision to stop publicizing the daily trout stocking locations was done to keep people from populating in groups of more than 10 at the streams, which he said would not be in the best interest of the public at this time.

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