Fishing in West Virginia

Fishing on Shavers Fork of Cheat River, Randolph County, Allegheny Highlands Region
Anglers on Shavers Fork of the Cheat

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 rent or sale, 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 family visits the National Hunting and Fishing Day display in West Virginia.

DNR seeks big bucks and trophy fish for display

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is asking hunters and anglers to enter showcase pieces for its big buck and trophy fish display...
Catfish may be taken by hand in W.Va.

New hand-fishing season opens June 15 in W.Va.

A new West Virginia "noodling" or hand-fishing season launches June 15, according to the state Division of Natural Resources. A law passed during the 2018...
Conaway Run Lake forms behind an inpoundment in the Conaway Run Lake Wildlife Management Area.

Conaway Run Lake facilities to close during repair

As part of the dam-safety program of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Conaway Run Lake, near Middlebourne, in Tyler County, is undergoing...
Biologist Brandon Keplinger (center) works with staff to restore trout populations.

Biologists find success restoring trout in eastern panhandle

Biologists with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources have released fingerling brook trout into a tributary of the Cacapon River with the help...
Little Beaver Lake is being numbered in a nationwide list of mom-approved parks.

Little Beaver lake nominated to ‘mom-approved” list

The lake at Little Beaver State Park has been nominated one of the best places to go for family-friendly fishing and boating in West...

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