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Ghost towns in southern West Virginia attracting trout anglers

TAMS, W.Va. — Some of southern West Virginia's historic ghost towns are attracting the attention of trout anglers nationwide as the region recovers from...

Record West Virginia blue catfish broken fourth year in a row

GALLIPOLIS FERRY, W.Va. — For the fourth year in a row, the West Virginia state record for the largest blue catfish by weight has...

Restoration paves way for trout fishing at Kanawha State Forest

The restoration of Davis Creek paves the way for trout fishing in the forest.
LOUDONDALE, W.Va. — A stream restoration project designed to improve fishing and recreation at Kanawha State Forest near Charleston, West Virginia, has been completed,...

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...

Trout stocking 2022 underway on West Virginia streams

A trout-stocking truck follows a stream into the Allegheny highlands in West Virginia.
Trout stocking has commenced for the spring 2022 season in West Virginia, and 60 sections of stream have so far been stocked, according to...

W.Va. announces return of trout stockings, new fishing regulations

An angler casts into a trout stream. Trout fishing is perennially popular across West Virginia.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va.—West Virginia has announced the publication of updated 2023-2024 fishing regulations and the return of trout stockings to lakes and streams around...

Statewide Free Fishing Weekend being celebrated June 12-13

The state's annual youth fishing derby is set for June 12 at Little Beaver State Park near Beckley.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is calling on state residents and guests to grab a fishing pole this Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June...

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...

West Virginia Free Fishing Weekend to take place June 10–11

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice announced today that Free Fishing Weekend in West Virginia will return June 10-11, 2023, and encouraged anglers and...

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

The star of the Gold Rush, a golden trout darts through a West Virginia stream.
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...

W.Va. DNR publishes Friday and Saturday trout stockings

Friday and Saturday trout stockings will begin March 2 in waters within and near selected West Virginia state parks.
In an effort to encourage families and new anglers to enjoy fishing this spring, the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources is publishing the locations...


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