New River Gorge ranked second among fall fishing destinations

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New River Gorge ranked second among fall fishing destinations
Fishing guide Bill Handy prepares to launch onto the upper New River on an early fall day. (Photo: David T. Sibray)

SANDSTONE, W.Va. — The New River Gorge in southern West Virginia has been ranked second among the top autumn fishing destinations in the U.S. by Fishing Booker.

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According to magazine spokesperson Karin Meyer, the gorge was ranked so highly not only because of its fishing but because of its spectacle.

"The New River is the second oldest river on the planet, and that alone is reason enough to see it live," Meyer said.

"Add to that the fact this is a top-notch fishery—what’s not to love?"

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During the fall, the waters of the New River in its gorge are the ideal temperature for carp, bass, musky, crappie, walleye, and catfish, she said.

The gorge recently gained worldwide attention when it was designated the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve and became the newest national park in the U.S.

The full list of the nine best U.S. fall fishing destinations Fishing Booker published includes:

  • Griffin, Ga.
  • New River Gorge, W.Va.
  • Glacial Lakes, S.D.
  • Shenandoah County, Va.
  • Bemidji, Minn.
  • Sevierville, Tenn.
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • Montauk, N.Y.
  • Coos Bay, Or.

Meyer said Fishing Booker is the largest platform in the U.S. connecting anglers and fishing guides, with more than 34,000 fishing trips available in more than 1,900 destinations worldwide.

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