No one can ever accuse them of being rock stars, but West Virginia's game fish now have their very own poster.
Division of Natural Resources officials expect high demand for the 18-by-24 inch, full-color posters, which are available free at DNR offices and state parks.
"In the past, we'd gotten a lot of requests for a fish poster from individuals, from groups and from schools," said Bret Preston, the DNR's assistant chief in charge of fisheries.
"We decided it was time to put one together."
The individual fish images for the poster had been sitting around in DNR files for years. More than two decades ago, agency officials commissioned North Carolina artist Duane Raver to paint profile pictures of all the state's game fish species. The images have adorned the state's Trophy Fish Citations ever since.
A few years ago, when DNR officials expanded the agency's annual fishing-regulations brochure into a larger, pamphlet-style format, they grouped 27 of the individual images onto the pamphlet's back page to help anglers identify their catches.
"We often thought it would make a good poster someday," Preston said.
The project stayed on the back burner until recently, when DNR employee Karen McClure took the idea and ran with it.