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Gone fishin'!

Looking over Braley Pond in the George Washington National Forest.
Randi B. Hagi
Looking over Braley Pond in the George Washington National Forest.

For some, the spring weather means it's time to grab a fishing pole and head out to a favorite lake or creek. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi caught up with a few anglers enjoying the day.

[sounds of birdsong, light breeze]

Braley Pond in Augusta County is typically stocked with trout eight times between October and May, according to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources website. It got its most recent delivery on Monday.

Keith Carpenter holds up the afternoon's haul so far
Randi B. Hagi
Keith Carpenter holds up the afternoon's haul so far

KEITH CARPENTER: [pulls stringer out of the water] They're a good size … I'll filet 'em … I got two Rainbow, one Brown.

Keith Carpenter, of Staunton, had three on a stringer on Wednesday afternoon. His secret? He seasons his bait.

CARPENTER: It's got speckled stuff in it … put the garlic in it, and then put the Power Bait down inside of it.

Jomar Garcia, of Philadelphia, was here visiting friends in the area.

Jomar Garcia was visiting from Philadelphia.
Randi B. Hagi
Jomar Garcia was visiting from Philadelphia.

JOMAR GARCIA: I'm from the city, so it's a really nice place to just get away and just to really find yourself and just get away from the noise and just find your peace and just be able to relax … like if you're going through a lot of stuff, you just want to come here and just fish and stop thinking about whatever's going on out there and just focus on what's going on right here.

The department typically stocks more than 1.2 million "catchable-size" trout in the state each year.

Randi B. Hagi first joined the WMRA team in 2019 as a freelance reporter. Her writing and photography have been featured in The Harrisonburg Citizen, where she previously served as the assistant editor; as well as The Mennonite; Mennonite World Review; and Eastern Mennonite University's Crossroads magazine.