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

Bluegill are a favorite lake and pond fish among West Virginia anglers.

W.Va. biologists researching ways to grow bigger bluegill

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An angler awaits a catch on a West Virginia lake. (Photo courtesy Maggie Smolnicka)

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

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...
Far from urban areas, lakes in West Virginia apparently boast more than their share of big fish.

Monster fish being caught in monster capital of West Virginia

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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

Electrofishing is proving to be an effective way to collect data about walleye, a popular sport fish, the population of which the West Virginia...

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