West Virginia Bill Would Reintroduce Previously Banned Fishing Practices

West Virginia House Bill 2511 would amend the state’s prohibited fishing practices to allow trotlines (long, heavy lines with a series of hooks attached), drop lines (commercial fishing devices consisting of a long fishing line set vertically down into the water with a series of fishing hooks attached to snoods), minnow traps, and jug fishing (the use of a free floating device to deploy hooks and lines). The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.