Free fishing weekend set for West Virginia June 12 & 13

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Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 5:35 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - People will soon have a chance to fish for free in West Virginia.

Governor Jim Justice says Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13 will be the state’s Free Fishing Weekend.

The two-day event allows people living in and out of the state to fish for free without a license.

All other times of the year, people need a license to fish on West Virginia waterways.

In 2020, during the COVID pandemic, people Gov. Justice allowed people to fish without a license from March through May.  There was also a Free Fishing Weekend in June.

The state says after the license-free period in 2020, fishing licenses went up 40% compared to 2019.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has stocked channel catfish in 59 lakes around the state for the event.

The weekend is part of National Fishing and Boating Week.  That runs from June 5 through 13.

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