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

Fishing guide Bill Handy prepares to launch onto the upper New River on an early fall day.

New River Gorge ranked second among fall fishing destinations

SANDSTONE, W.Va. — The New River Gorge in southern West Virginia has been ranked second among the top autumn fishing destinations in the U.S....
Allen Burkett of Criders, Va., caught a channel catfish that weighed 36.96 pounds and measured 40.59 inches in length.

Angler breaks West Virginia's long-standing channel catfish record

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 fisheries biologist Aaron Yeager (left) with Lucas King (right) holding King's record musky.

Angler catches W.Va. record muskie in Braxton County

West Virginia officials have confirmed that on Saturday, March 19, Lucas King, of Burnsville, West Virginia, caught and released a new Mountain State record...
The star of the Gold Rush, a golden trout darts through a West Virginia stream.

Governor lauds fifth anniversary of Gold Rush trout program

Gov. Jim Justice announced today that the "West Virginia Gold Rush" will return for its fifth year on March 29 and provide anglers and...
A trout-stocking truck follows a stream into the Allegheny highlands in West Virginia.

Trout stocking 2022 underway on West Virginia streams

Trout stocking has commenced for the spring 2022 season in West Virginia, and 60 sections of stream have so far been stocked, according to...