The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has announced that it has stocked nearly 6,000 pounds of catfish in 41 ponds and lakes across the state in preparation of its annual Free Fishing Weekend this weekend - June 13-14.

Free Fishing Weekend will be held across the state on June 13 and 14 and no fishing license will be required for West Virginians who wish to participate. DNR officials said that those who enjoy themselves and wish to continue fishing after this weekend can purchase a fishing license on the DNR’s website.

“This is the perfect time to take your son, daughter or grandchild to your favorite fishing spot and get them hooked on fishing,” said Mark Scott, assistant chief in charge of fisheries for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). “Free fishing weekend is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends.”

The DNR typically holds fishing derbies during on free fishing days but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bowden Fishing Derby has been canceled and the Little Beaver Kids Fishing Derby has been rescheduled for July 11.

The DNR has stocked catfish all around the state in preparation for the weekend event.