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Suspension of open fishing tournaments extended until May 3

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA. — The suspension of open fishing tournaments in West Virginia has been extended through May 3 in compliance with Gov. Jim Justice’s stay-at-home executive order, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced on Monday.

Fishing in general and web-based tournaments that allow people to submit results online are still permitted, but DNR is urging anglers to observe social distancing guidelines at all times when enjoying the outdoors. 

For more information about DNR policy changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit

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