By: Bob FalaOutdoors Columnist
April 28, 2013
Last Saturday’s cool weather didn’t stop the youth trout action from heating up along Huff Creek.
Some 60 youngsters and a hundred or so adult helping hands were on board for the second annual youth trout fishing event sponsored by you guessed it, the Huff Creek Watershed Association.
Hot on the heels of the Buffalo Creek folks just to the north, the newer group is making its own major headway of the trout fishing kind.
The Huff Creekers seek to clean up the watershed with high hopes of getting it too put back on DNR’s prestigious spring put and take trout stock list. The stream was once an angling destination for folks from afar before it was removed largely per unauthorized dredging of the stream channel, that is, without the permission of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Folks have learned their lesson the hard way.
But that was then and times have changed for the better thanks to the watershed group’s efforts with their second annual youth fishing event just further testament. This year’s youth activities were moved to Toler’s Pond, streamside at the community of Lacoma. It was there some fire pits, snacks and T-Shirts were included for the youngsters.
Tim Jeffrey of the watershed group assures the “big kids” out there that plenty of fish were placed in the main stream from top to bottom and that folks were welcome to give the private stocking a once over. That could be a trip down memory lane for many that well remember the day a generation back when it was regularly stocked by the state.
Huff again like Buffalo Creek mouths into the Guyandotte River at the community of Man. Bisected by the Logan and Wyoming county line, Huff has the nice feature of both county commissions helping out in tandem. The Huff Creek group offers their assistance to any prospective mitigation or restoration entities in need of a project area such as the popular one under construction at Buffalo Creek with its many habitat or “fishing” structures that would certainly come with it, healing some of those past wounds.
The watershed group thanks the respective commissions, local businesses, volunteers and energy companies that made the event possible. Jim Kosowski of Cliffs Natural Resources, a welcome backyard company, was awarded with a T-Shirt and outdoor oriented quilt for their continued support. Hats off to Huff Creek and hopefully there’s plenty more to come.
In other local trout news, Jalen Cook of Logan is photo-featured for his monster brown trout in the April issue of W. VA. Sportsman. And, Michael Duff of Kenna is listed in the most recent DNR trophy fish category for his 21-inch brown trout taken from Pond Fork in Boone County.