BOWDEN, W.Va. – Governor Justice announced that Zach Adkins, an avid multi-species angler from Cabins, W.Va., received the state’s first Master Angler Award on Tuesday.
Adkins was awarded a plaque for catching 22 fish from a wide range of species and ecosystems during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Bowden State Fish Hatchery, which recently completed renovations.
“When we announced this exciting new program back in January, we knew it would be a game changer for fishing and here we are today with proof that West Virginia has some of the best fishing programs and opportunities you’ll find,” said Governor Justice. “I want to congratulate Mr. Adkins for being the first to complete this life’s work and encourage all of our anglers to get out there and try to become the West Virginia Fishing Master.”
Adkins officially graduated from the program on West Virginia Day, June 20, 2022.
“I just want to thank everyone associated with this new program,” Adkins said. “As a multi-species angler, it was great to check all the boxes.”
To learn more about the program rules and download the award application, visit wvdnr.gov.