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New River walleye fishing heats up in February and March

Category: fishing reports

 Feb 11th, 2019 by Keith Worrall  3497

Modified Feb 11th, 2019 at 10:17 AM

Even in the depths of winter, somewhere fish are biting.

In West Virginia, that somewhere is a stretch of the New River where walleye fishing gets hot when the weather turns cold.

Sammy Pugh knows first-hand how good it can be. Pugh, owner of New River Trophy Outfitters, spent two years helping the state Division of Natural Resources study walleye movements up and down the river.

“At this time of year, walleye migrate upstream to spawn,” Pugh said. “Some of them come from as far away as Hawks Nest Lake. When they get to Sandstone Falls, they can’t move any farther upstream, so they bunch up in the pools —between the falls and the mouth of Meadow Creek.”

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