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Welcome to the Fishing News Directory at West Virginia Explorer. Be sure to visit our Fishing Travel Guide for more information about fishing and fishing areas in West Virginia.

Two West Virginia record fish caught so far in January

Justin Conner of Culloden caught a 49.84-inch, 58.38-pound blue catfish on the Ohio River in Mason County.
Two West Virginia record fish have been caught so far this January. Length records for grass carp and blue catfish were broken by two...

West Virginia DNR to stock nearly 6,000 pounds of catfish

An angler awaits a catch on a West Virginia lake. (Photo courtesy Maggie Smolnicka)
Leading up to the Mountain State's annual free fishing weekend June 13-14, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is stocking nearly 6,000 pounds...

State record yellow perch caught on Summersville Lake

Clinton Mills of Ravenswood, West Virginia, with his state record yellow perch.
A state record yellow perch was caught by Clinton Mills, of Ravenswood, West Virginia, on Feb. 24, 2018, according to a news release from...

Angler catches W.Va. record muskie in Braxton County

West Virginia fisheries biologist Aaron Yeager (left) with Lucas King (right) holding King's record musky.
West Virginia officials have confirmed that on Saturday, March 19, Lucas King, of Burnsville, West Virginia, caught and released a new Mountain State record...

Angler breaks West Virginia's long-standing channel catfish record

Allen Burkett of Criders, Va., caught a channel catfish that weighed 36.96 pounds and measured 40.59 inches in length.
A 17-year record for the largest channel catfish caught in West Virginia has been broken, according to the state Division of Natural Resources. On June...

Governor lauds fifth anniversary of Gold Rush trout program

The star of the Gold Rush, a golden trout darts through a West Virginia stream.
Gov. Jim Justice announced today that the "West Virginia Gold Rush" will return for its fifth year on March 29 and provide anglers and...

Invasive snakehead fish dumped in Berkeley County stream

Invasive Northern Snakehead dumped in Opequon Creek according to state, federal officials.
The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources and U.S. Geological Survey have confirmed that a northern snakehead fish was killed in another body of water...

Putnam County angler catches W.Va. record freshwater drum

John Gibson displays the new West Virginia record freshwater drum, taken in the Kanawha River.
A Putnam County angler caught a state record freshwater drum on April 24 in Mason County, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has...

Trout stocking provides opportunity for year-round fishing

A trout-stocking truck follows a stream into the Allegheny highlands in West Virginia.
Thanks to West Virginia's year-round trout stocking program, fishing opportunities abound across the state, and officials are looking toward a new employment program to...

DNR expands W.Va. Gold Rush trout stockings by 20 waters

Your chances of striking gold during the special West Virginia Gold Rush trout stockings April 2-6 have increased. Due to growing interest and excitement,...

The Jug among more peculiar W.Va. geographic features

Aerial image of the Jug
Long before I'd seen it, I'd become fascinated by the idea of visiting "The Jug" on Middle Island Creek, one of the more peculiar...

W.Va. promotes spring trout-stocking schedule

A father and daughter enjoy family fishing trip in West Virginia. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce.
In an effort to encourage families and new anglers to enjoy fishing during the spring 2019 season, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources...

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