UPDATE: Anglers Fish For Free on Special Weekend in WV

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UPDATE 6/9/2014 12:10 PM

Sunday people got hooked on some free fishing.

The weekend was open to anyone casting a line in West Virginia waterways, even if they didn't have a license.

We caught up with some folks at Mountwood Park.

They say a little free fishing is a great way to bring the family together.

"Back before it was Mountwood park it belonged to the Heckert family- I remember coming here with my grandparents ... Get out of the house, get some lines in the water, get the kids away from the video games and catch some fish," says Brian Heckert, a Walker resident.

The sportfishing industry started National Fishing and Boating Week.

Local fishermen typically release their catch.

This weekend, you won't be caught fishing in West Virginia without a license.

Saturday and Sunday is free fishing weekend.

It's an annual event held by the state division of natural resources.

it allows anyone to cast a line in designated fishing areas without a license.

It's designed to encourage people to become licensed fishermen and women and in past years, it's been successful.

"Two years ago, we had a program out at Mountwood Park with the county recreation department," says Chris O'Bara, with the WVDNR. "Several people I talked to out there went fishing during the free fishing weekend, came back later and bought a license, and enjoy fishing throughout the year."

Free fishing weekend is part of a national effort by the sportfishing industry to promote the sport.

It's open to both residents and non-residents of West Virginia.

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