2022 W.Va. fishing regulations now available online

2022 W.Va. fishing regulations now available online
An angler casts into a river in the Monongahela National Forest. (Photo courtesy Greyson Johnson)

The 2022 West Virginia Fishing Regulations Summary is now available online through the state Division of Natural Resources. Printed copies will also be available at license agents and division district offices in early January.


Anglers are encouraged to review the new regulations to familiarize themselves with changes and should contact division offices for clarification if needed. The numbers are located on the inside cover of the regulations and are published below.

A new program and changes to a previous angling program will also take effect this year.

The Master Angler Program is an exciting new opportunity for anglers to complete “slams” for specific fish species and also earn a lifetime award as a West Virginia Master Angler by completing all six slams. The rules and application can be found at WVdnr.gov/fishing/fishing-regulations under "Fishing Forms."

The long-standing Trophy Citation Program is undergoing some changes beginning in 2022. The printed citations were completely re-designed and will feature new fish artwork from renowned artist, Joseph Tomelleri.

Additionally, instead of receiving a citation for each trophy fish reported, anglers will now get one citation for each species at the end of the calendar year, reporting the total number of trophies caught for that species.


For example, if you submit 15 citation applications for rainbow trout and five citation applications for smallmouth bass, you will receive one trophy citation for rainbow trout, stating you caught 15 trophy-size rainbow trout and one trophy citation for smallmouth bass, stating you caught five trophy-size smallmouth bass.

Each citation will also list the length of the largest trophy caught for that species.

The rules and application for the Trophy Citation Program can also be found at WVdnr.gov/fishing/fishing-regulations under "Fishing Forms."

West Virginia DNR Divisions Map
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources divides the state into six districts.

District 1

Wildlife Resources/Law Enforcement
1110 Railroad Street
PO Box 99
Farmington, WV 26571
(304) 825-6787

District 2

Wildlife Resources/Law Enforcement
1 Depot Street
Romney, WV 26757
(304) 822-3551

District 3

Wildlife Resources/Law Enforcement
163 Wildlife Road
French Creek, WV 26218
(304) 924-6211

District 4

Wildlife Resources/Law Enforcement
2006 Robert C. Byrd Drive
Beckley, WV  25801
(304) 256-6945/(304) 256-6947

District 5

Wildlife Resources/Law Enforcement
480 Forks of Coal Way
Alum Creek, WV 25003
(304) 756-1023

District 6

Wildlife Resources/Law Enforcement
2311 Ohio Ave.
Parkersburg, WV 26101
(304) 420-4550

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