West Virginia DNR charge man accused of illegally catching large trout in Randolph County


ELKINS, W.Va. – The West Virginia Natural Resources Police have charged a man who they said was illegally catching trout, in Randolph County, using a technique known as “snagging.”

Corporal Greg Smith received a complaint from another concerned fisherman who was fishing and had witnessed a man snagging trout from a bridge on Shavers Fork.

Corporal Smith investigated the complaint and was able to locate the suspect. Smith charged the man with unlawful method of fishing (snagging game fish). The rainbow trout that he snagged weighed 6.3 lbs. and was 26 inches long. In addition to fines and court costs, the man will also be responsible for a replacement cost of $140 for the fish.

The man’s identity was not revealed and officers obscured his face on a Facebook post that showed him holding the fish in question.

Officers also want to remind other anglers that it is also a violation to fish from a bridge that has legally posted signs from the West Virginia Division of Highways that state “NO FISHING FROM BRIDGE.”

Fishing is prohibited from both bridges that cross the Lower Shavers Fork, officers noted.

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