Fishing in West Virginia

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Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor sports pursued in West Virginia. Young West Virginians learn early the art of the cast, and by their teens they are adept at hunting trout in clear mountain streams and coaxing bass from its lakes and rivers. But there are many miles of stream and plenty of fishing holes to be angled.

Bait and tackle shops exist in almost every county in West Virginia, and fishing camps, for , may be found on almost every stream.

Fishing in the Mountain State is notably accommodated by its wealth of well-watered fisheries. Its streams do not grow sluggish in late summer. Though small streams may dry to a trickle, hundreds of larger fishing streams remain productive year-round.


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West Virginia Fishing News

The state's annual youth fishing derby is set for June 12 at Little Beaver State Park near Beckley.

Statewide Free Fishing Weekend being celebrated June 12-13

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is calling on state residents and guests to grab a fishing pole this Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June...
Chase Gibson, of Mount Clare, caught a 54.0625-inch, 39.64-pound musky at Burnsville Lake, breaking the previous record for length.

W.Va. record muskellunge caught at Burnsville Lake

A West Virginia angler caught a state record muskellunge on April 30 in Braxton County, according to officials at the W.Va. Division of Natural...
John Gibson displays the new West Virginia record freshwater drum, taken in the Kanawha River.

Putnam County angler catches W.Va. record freshwater drum

A Putnam County angler caught a state record freshwater drum on April 24 in Mason County, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has...
The star of the Gold Rush, a golden trout darts through a West Virginia stream.

W.Va. DNR announces winners of the 2021 Gold Rush Giveaway

Officials at the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources today announced the winners of the state's 2021 Gold Rush Giveaway, the annual statewide promotion of...
The National Park Service is hosting a fishing day for grandparents and grandchildren at its Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center.

National Park hosts fishing events for grandparents, children

New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is hosting a series of Grandfamilies Fishing Days in May and June designed for grandparents who are...