West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 State record blue catfish caught

5/1/2014

 

Record fish catch
Austin Hoffman of Milton, West Virginia, holds the state record blue catfish he caught April 26, 2014, in the Ohio River.
A state record blue catfish was caught recently from the Ohio River, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. 
           
The record blue catfish was caught by Austin Hoffman of Milton, West Virginia. Hoffman caught the 47.75-inch, 52.95-pound fish using cut bait from the Ohio River below R.C. Byrd Dam April 26, 2014. 
           
Hoffman’s catch establishes a new West Virginia record for length and weight. The previous record was a 43.9-inch, 44.5-pound blue catfish caught by Mark A. Foster.
           
Anglers who believe that they have caught a state record fish should check the record listing in the 2014 Fishing Regulations brochure. The brochure also outlines the procedure to follow for reporting their catch. This information is also available online at www.wvdnr.gov
 

Contact Information

Bret Preston
 
Bret.A.Preston@wv.gov