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Kanawha River Sponsored by
Date 22-Jan-15
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Conditions : Kanawha River – Hybrid bass can be caught behind lock areas and some hardy catfish anglers target blues by sinking live or fresh cut bait in the deeper holes this time of year, but no reports to date. A number of large muskies have been caught and released from below the upper locks on the Kanawha (London, Marmet). A few close to 50”. A warm day or a series of warm days create a good scenario for catching fish, try fishing in the afternoon during the highest temperature levels. If you venture out be prepared, be safe, and be sure to inform someone where you will be and when you plan to return. Cold weather and water at this time can be fruitful for catching large fish, but can also be deadly, use extreme caution if you venture out. Limited reports of anglers having success targeting sauger and walleye below various locks. In a few weeks, this type of fishing will really pick-up. Try bait, and small brightly colored jigs fished slow close to the bottom. Added scent or a small piece of bait or nightcrawlers attached to the tail end of jigs really helps at this time of the year. Fish S-L-O-W.

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The lower portion of the Kanawha River can provide good fishing for saugers, according to fisheries biologist Zack Brown. Like the Mon and Ohio rivers, it is subject to the whims of nature.

Brown said anglers should concentrate on the lower portions of the Kanawha River, with the three lock and dam systems focusing angler attention. The best fishing often occurs in the last pool of the Kanawha, where fish can migrate in from the Ohio River as well.

Boat access spots on the Mason County portion of the Kanawha can be found at Leon and Point Pleasant.

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