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

Fisheries biologists are using Christmas trees to create fish habitat.

DNR using Christmas trees to create, improve fish habitat

Fisheries biologists with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources are using old Christmas trees to improve habitat at popular fishing locations around the...
A trout-stocking truck follows a stream into the Allegheny highlands in West Virginia.

Trout stocking provides opportunity for year-round fishing

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...
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 caught so far in January

Two West Virginia record fish have been caught so far this January. Length records for grass carp and blue catfish were broken by two...
Matt Born displays the state record chain pickerel taken in 2019 at Upper Deckers Creek Lake.

Reedsville man catches state record chain pickerel

A West Virginia man caught a 27.87-inch, four-pound chain pickerel on Oct. 13 at Upper Deckers Lake near Reedsville, West Virginia, in Preston County—a...
An angler cast for trout in the West Virginia highlands.

Hot, dry weather will not delay W.Va. trout stocking

Despite hot, dry weather, fall trout stocking in West Virginia will run as scheduled during the weeks of Oct. 21 and 28, according to...

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