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

A fly fisherman wades into a stream in West Virginia.

West Virginia to waive license requirement for resident anglers

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Biologists recently used the method to study walleye in the New River.

Biologists use electrofishing technique to study New River walleye

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

Governor announces expansion of Gold Rush trout program

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DNR using Christmas trees to create, improve fish habitat

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A trout-stocking truck follows a stream into the Allegheny highlands in West Virginia.

Trout stocking provides opportunity for year-round fishing

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