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WVDNR highlights summer bluegill fishing opportunities


It’s officially summer in the Mountain State and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is encouraging anglers to cast their lines and enjoy warm-weather fishing for species such as bluegill. 

“Bluegill are abundant in small lakes around West Virginia and summer is a great time for anglers and their families to get out and catch one of these popular gamefish,” said David Wellman, a fisheries biologist for the WVDNR. 

Bluegill spawn in late spring and early summer and can be found in shallow waters when temperatures exceed 70 degrees. Wellman said spawning bluegill are easy to spot, which makes them ideal targets for families, kids and new anglers. 

“We look at bluegill as a gateway fish species because they are abundant, like to bite and are easy to catch,” he said. 

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