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Cold Season Fishing To Warm Your Heart

Written by: Kenneth Reaves, Professional Angler & Writer – Perfect Captain Fishing in West Virginia shouldn’t take a back seat

28th Annual Bend Area C.A.R.E./Budweiser Catfish Tournament

This is the 28th year for the largest catfish tournament on the Ohio River. Don't miss the weigh-in of huge catfish at 4pm at the Mason Park and Levy. Contact: Elvis Zerkle, 304-812-6254 / [email protected]

Bend Area C.A.R.E./Budweiser Catfish Tournament

This is the 26th year for the largest catfish tournament on the Ohio River. Don't miss the weigh-in of huge catfish at 4pm at the Mason Park and Levy.

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Challenge

This is a catch and release type of tournament, with your contest entry submitted to Tygart River Outfitters via phone pictures. This challenge will be throughout the month of May. Each month a different type of fish will be in competition. Cast out and join the fun !!

Round Robin Fishing Tourney

The 2nd annual Children's Miracle Network Round Robin Fishing Tournament begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Woodrum Lake in southern Jackson County. The event continues Sept. 3 at O'Brien Lake and concludes Sept. 10 at Elk Fork Lake. Call 304-372-5250 for information.

Watoga State Park – (8/13) – MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE

Mountain Trail Challenge Half Marathon & 5K Run is a trail running challenge. Two races, both beginning Saturday, August 13th at 8:30 a.m. from the Beaver Creek Campground at Watoga State Park. Age groups are: 14 and younger, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and going strong. Event is sponsored by Watoga State Park Foundation supporting Watoga and West Virginia's state parks mission. Great event, wonderful venue. Chip timing by TriStateRacer Entry Fees: 5K $15 before July 1; $20 from July 1 - August 12. $25 on race day. Entry Fee: Half-marathon: $25 before July 1, $30 from July 1 - August 12. $35 on race day. Awards: 1st and 2nd overall male and female plus 1st and 2nd each age group, male and female. Link below redirects to the race website, details, and registration information.

2016 Kindred Spirits Festival

Head for the Hills you people from Baltimore, DC, and Pittsburgh. Good neighbors, all are welcomed! Not your average agricultural Mini Distillery producing Fine Spirits from locally grown corn, barley, rye, peaches, pears and grapes. WE CELEBRATE SUCCESS! Free Spirits tasting, Music, Food, come for spell or stay awhile. It's all good.

Tygart Lake State Park – 6/11 – HOOKED ON FISHING NOT ON DRUGS

Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs. This is a great family event that incorporates an anti-drug and alcohol use message. Event is free to the public and events include, youth fishing derby, archery, face painting, police K-9 presentations, children's activities, prizes and much more! Call Nichole Streets at 304-265-6148 for details and activity schedule.

Spring Fest 13

Over one mile of the South Branch of the Potomac is stocked with over 300 trout of which 100 are tagged. Catch a tagged trout for the opportunity to win cash prizes and have a great time along one of West Virginia’s premier fishing rivers. Arts and Crafts, Box Car Derby, Food and Live Music. Then participate and watch the fun as children race their Box Cars down the racetrack toward the finish line. Several age divisions make it fun for everyone and standards for building your box car keeps the competition fair. Check out the Spring Fest Calendar of Events for information on this year’s schedule for show times, food vendors, crafters, special happenings and just plain fun.

Camp Creek State Park – (3/5) – MEET CAMP CREEK

Whether March comes in like a lion or lamb, Camp Creek State Park is springing forward into 2016. You're invited to visit and meet park staff to learn about upcoming events and activities in 2016 at Camp Creek. From 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Early Moon Shelter, you'll find hot cocoa or coffee, and conversation. Learn about Camp Creek's Pack In Pack Out camping; book picnic shelters for 2016; sign up for the state park VIPP visitation program; learn about events here at Camp Creek; enjoy the spring horizon. It's almost camping season - check out our camping sites. Camp Creek State Park rents sites year-round, so if the weather is good, come camp.

Watoga State Park – (3/5) – MEET WATOGA

Whether March comes in like a lion or lamb, Watoga State Park is springing forward into 2016. Bring your favorite old time picture of Watoga or one you took on a day you've visited the park to post to the "braggin' board". We'll be adding photos the entire year and inviting you to start the 'memories happen here' montage. Watoga is close to the heart for many folks and families over the years. Come share your favorite memories and help us to create new ones! You're invited to visit and meet park staff to learn about upcoming events and activities in 2016 at Watoga. From 2:00 - 4:00p at the administration building, you'll find hot cocoa and conversation. Learn more about Watoga at the park website link below.

Little Beaver State Park – (3/4) – MEET LITTLE BEAVER – Fish Hike

Whether March comes in like a lion or lamb, Little Beaver State Park is springing forward into 2016. Starting at 2:00 from the park office, join Assistant Superintendent Monty Ball for a Fish Hike. It's one mile around Little Beaver Lake for an interpretative walk with a focus on fish! Did you know there is ice fishing at Little Beaver? We'll look a trout in the eye! Meet some anglers. Hear some great stories - some maybe too good to be true, but then again? And enjoy an afternoon walk around Little Beaver Lake. This hike is an opportunity for folks that have never fished at Little Beaver to learn about the lake, access and stocking programs by WVDNR. Visitors to the park that visit the park office may register to win park items. Don't forget! Camping season starts April 1 at Little Beaver State Park campground

Archery Tag at the Upshur County Relay for Life

There will be a 5v5 Archery Tag Tournament at the Upshur County Relay for Life. $30 per team and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Visit our website for more information and to print out the registration form.

Archery Tag at the Brooks Hill Fair

Archery Tag is coming to the Brooks Hill Fair in Upshur County on July 24, 25. Tag or be tagged! GOTCHA!

Archery Tag at the Lewis County Fair

Archery Tag is coming to the Lewis County Fair! $5 per game per player. 5v5 games will last 8-10 minutes each.

DISCONNECT- Archery Tag

DISCONNECT from the world and be in church on Sunday morning. DISCONNECT from electronic devices- put the phone away and get out and play. GOTCHA! Archery provides a free event the first Sunday of every month to encourage kids to put down the electronics and get outside and be active. Stay in touch to learn the location for each month's event. July's event will be at the River Walk Trail at West Virginia Wesleyan College.