November 1, 2013 by trentcu
Among the activities that are commonly labeled “manly,” there are few as traditional as the activity of fishing. Though there are those who consider it to be a dull, uneventful sport, they’re rivaled by those who embrace the challenge it presents and the feeling of relaxation it can induce. For those who enjoy fishing and desire to take in some open air and great scenery, the area provides some terrific autumn fishing locations within an hour’s drive of the city of Morgantown.
The Coopers Rock Trout Pond provides a near ideal fishing opportunity for one residing in Morgantown for a couple of reasons: its terrific accessibility, being located off the park’s Interstate 68 exit and directly next to a large public parking area, and the fact it is heavily stocked with trout twice in the month of October. The pond’s accessibility and large supply of trout attract a lot of fishermen, which obviously implies that it gets fished heavily, but opportunities for success persist for more skilled sportsmen.
Though widely known for its excellent whitewater rafting opportunities, the Cheat River also provides great opportunities to catch large fish, as a non-profit organization takes the liberty of stocking two to five pound rainbow trout in the river throughout the year. With the river running parallel to State Route 72 for miles north of the town of Rowelsburg, accessibility to the river is greatly enhanced.
Though I took this image with its water levels extremely low, Big Sandy Creek somehow manages to maintain its scenic integrity. With a plethora of public access points in and around the town of Bruceton Mills, fishermen are not limited relative to the stretches of the creek they can fish. Heavily stocked with trout in the spring, the creek has maintained great diversity in its fish population over the years, as it sheltered the state record rock bass.
For those intrigued by these locations, I’ve placed them in a geographical context in the map below.