CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's trout anglers are gearing up for the first-ever celebration of the state's trout-fishing heritage.
The inaugural Mountain State Trout Festival has been scheduled to begin June 1 at Snowshoe Mountain Resort.
The Charleston Gazette reports that the two-day event begins the day after the state's final springtime trout stockings, and during the week when trout tend to feed most eagerly.
Event coordinator Phil Smith says the festival is a celebration of West Virginia's sportsman's heritage and the trout waters of the state. West Virginia his home to more than 1,200 miles of trout streams.
The event is sponsored by the West Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited. It will feature a fishing tournament and several presentations by trout-fishing experts.