In an effort to encourage families and new anglers to enjoy fishing during the spring 2019 season, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is promoting the locations of 69 trout stockings scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays.
Locations were selected based on proximity to state parks and adequate access points and to accommodate anglers and hatchery staff, according to division director Stephen McDaniel.
“Friday and Saturday stockings provide a unique fishing opportunity for anglers who work or attend school during regularly scheduled trout stockings,” McDaniel said of the initiative.
“Weekend stockings also help us recruit new anglers and help families make weekend plans at our beautiful state parks and forests.”
In addition to these announced stockings, personnel will stock fish at unannounced locations on Saturdays this spring.
Where feasible, efforts are being made to stock on Saturdays instead of Mondays, McDaniel said.
Announced stockings will begin Friday, March 15, and continue through Friday, May 17.
These stockings correspond with the annual stocking schedule, published in the 2019 West Virginia Fishing Regulations and are not additional or surplus stockings.
Anglers can anticipate the stockings to include the same amount and variety of trout typically stocked in these waters, McDaniel said.
Anglers are not permitted to fish within 200 feet of division staff during a stocking event. Licensing requirements remain the same. Licenses may be purchased at agents across the state or online at www.wvfish.com.
2019 Announced Stocking Schedule
Dates marked with an asterisk indicate golden rainbow trout stockings during West Virginia’s Gold Rush Week, April 1-6.
Audra State Park
Middle Fork River – March 22, April 12, May 10
Blackwater Falls State Park
Pendleton Lake – March 15, April 6*
Blackwater River – March 22, April 5*, April 26, May 10
Thomas Park Lake – March 15, April 6*
Cacapon Resort State Park
Cacapon State Park lakes – March 22, April 6*, April 19, May 10
Camp Creek State Park
Camp Creek – March 29, April 12
Mash Fork – March 29, April 12
Canaan Valley Resort State Park
Glady Fork – March 29, April 19, May 17
Shavers Fork (Lower/Bemis) – March 29, April 19, May 17
Chief Logan State Park
Chief Logan Lake – March 15
Coopers Rock State Forest
Big Sandy – March 22, April 5, April 19, May 17
Coopers Rock Lake – March 22, April 5*, April 19, May 17
Holly River State Park
Laurel Fork [within the park] – March 22, April 5, May 3
Left Fork of Holly River – March 22, April 5, May 3
Little Beaver State Park
Little Beaver Lake – April 5*
Glade Creek of New River – April 5
North Bend State Park
North Bend Tailwaters – April 6*
Pipestem Resort State Park
Longbranch Lake – March 22, April 6*
Seneca State Forest
Seneca Lake – March 22, April 5*, May 3
Stonewall Resort State Park
Stonewall Jackson Lake Tailwater – March 22, April 6*, May 3,
Sutton Tailwater – March 22, April 6*, May 3
Burnsville Tailwater – March 22, April 6*, May 3
Tomlinson Run State Park
Tomlinson Run Lake – March 15
King Creek – March 15
Tomlinson Run – March 15
Tygart Lake State Park
Tygart Tailwaters – April 5*, May 3
Watoga State Park
Watoga Lake – March 22, April 6*, April 12, May 3
Greenbrier River (Marlinton) – March 22, April 12