Weekend trout stockings return to state parks this spring

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Weekend trout stockings return to state parks this spring
State parks across West Virginia will begin stocking trout this weekend. (Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)

To encourage families and would-be anglers to take up fishing, the has announced the dates and locations of more than 70 spring trout stockings at participating state parks and forests.

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The stockings are scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays in March, April, and May and start on March 13 and run through May 22, according to DNR Director Stephen McDaniel.

"Our parks and forests have some of the best fishing spots in the state and we want to give folks a chance to experience their natural beauty while also enjoying a weekend fishing trip with their family," McDaniel said.

"Our goal with these stockings is to make fishing fun and approachable for new anglers and people who aren't able to get out and fish during the week at a regularly stocked lake or stream."

Families who wish to stay at a state park or forest on a stocking weekend are encouraged to make travel plans in advance because cabins and lodges book up fast. Reservations can be made online at .

Anglers 15 and older should also make sure they have a valid fishing license, which can be purchased online at .

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Spring Trout-Stocking Dates and Locations

March 13

Blackwater Falls — Pendleton Lake, Thomas Park Lake
Chief Logan — Chief Logan Lake
Holly River — Laurel Fork (inside park), Left Fork of Holly River
Tomlinson Run — Tomlinson Run Lake, King Creek, Tomlinson Run


March 20

Audra — Middle Fork River
Blackwater Falls — Blackwater River
Cacapon Resort — Cacapon State Park Lakes
Coopers Rock State Forest — Big Sandy, Coopers Rock Lake
Pipestem Resort — Longbranch Lake
Seneca State Forest — Seneca Lake
Stonewall Resort — Stonewall Jackson Tailwaters, Sutton Tailwaters, Burnsville Tailwaters
Watoga — Watoga Lake, Greenbrier River (Marlinton)


March 27-28 (Bold dates indicate )

Babcock — Boley Lake
Blackwater Falls — Pendleton Lake, Thomas Park Lake
Camp Creek — Camp Creek, Mash Fork
Canaan Valley Resort — Glady Fork, Shavers Fork (Lower/Bemis)
Cass Scenic RailroadGreenbrier River (Cass)
Cedar Creek — Cedar Creek Lake
Chief Logan — Chief Logan Lake
Little Beaver — Little Beaver Lake
Pipestem Resort — Longbranch Lake
Seneca State Forest — Seneca Lake
Tomlinson Run — Tomlinson Run Lake, King Creek, Tomlinson Run
Tygart Lake — Tygart Tailwaters


April 3-4 (Bold dates indicate )

Blackwater Falls — Blackwater River
Cacapon Resort — Cacapon State Park Lakes
Coopers Rock State Forest — Big Sandy, Coopers Rock Lake
North Bend — North Bend Tailwaters
Stonewall Resort — Stonewall Jackson Tailwaters, Sutton Tailwaters, Burnsville Tailwaters
Watoga — Watoga Lake


April 10

Audra — Middle Fork River
Camp Creek — Camp Creek, Mash Fork
Holly River — Laurel Fork (inside park), Left Fork of Holly River
Watoga — Watoga Lake, Greenbrier River (Marlinton)


April 17

Cacapon Resort — Cacapon State Park Lakes
Canaan Valley Resort — Glady Fork, Shavers Fork (Lower/Bemis)
Coopers Rock State Forest — Big Sandy, Coopers Rock Lake


April 24

Blackwater Falls — Blackwater River


May 1

Seneca State Forest — Seneca Lake
Stonewall Resort — Stonewall Jackson Tailwaters, Sutton Tailwaters, Burnsville Tailwaters
Tygart Lake — Tygart Tailwaters
Watoga — Watoga Lake


May 8

Audra — Middle Fork River
Blackwater Falls — Blackwater River
Holly River — Laurel Fork (inside park), Left Fork of Holly River


May 22

Canaan Valley Resort — Glady Fork, Shavers Fork (Lower/Bemis)
Coopers Rock State Forest — Big Sandy, Coopers Rock Lake


For in-depth details about each location, visit .

Announced stockings correspond with the annual schedule published in the and include the variety and number of trout in a typical stocking. Licensing requirements and fishing regulations remain the same.

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