"Compared to some of the other places we fish, this lake is fairly close by," Crum said. "Sometimes we drive over to Man to fish on Buffalo Creek, sometimes we go on over into Mingo County to fish the R.D. Bailey Dam [tailwaters], and sometimes we go over to Lick Creek Pond in Wayne County."
Most anglers don't drive that far. Chase Cooper of Barboursville came out with a couple of buddies to try his hand at trout fishing.
"This is my first time trout fishing," he said. "I've fished a little for bass and catfish before, but I'm not a huge fisherman."
He looked down at the water's edge, where four trout lay collected on his stringer.
"I'm having some beginner's luck," he deadpanned.
One angler who needed no luck was Mike McClellan of Hurricane, who punctuated his morning of fishing by hooking and landing a 6-pound, 13-ounce rainbow.
"This is a big one, but I've caught larger," he said. "A few years ago I got one that weighed 10 pounds, 8 ounces. It had been three years since I'd caught a big one, though, so my ticker was really going while I was fighting this one."
Several of the anglers had their tackle stowed in wheeled carts. Jarvis said the carts allow them to tow their gear to their favorite fishing spots quite easily.
"This way we're always 'geared up' and ready to go," he said. "We fish here, and at Krodel [near Point Pleasant], and at Chief Cornstalk [near Southside]. For a lot of us, it's a great way to get out of the house, get some fresh air and a little bit of exercise."
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