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

Trout being stocked in WV State Parks

DNR: autumn trout stocking pushed back to help spawn

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will stock 26 streams and 11 lakes in the Mountain State with trout during the weeks of...
A youth watches golden trout swim at a West Virginia wildlife exhibit.

W.Va. to boost golden-trout stocking programs in 2019

The West Virginia Gold Rush—special stocking of golden rainbow trout—will return in 2019 with more fish and new locations, according to Stephen McDaniel, director...
A youth learns to cast at Stonewall Resort State Park. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce.

W.Va.’s largest hunting-fishing show set for Sept. 22-23

Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County for West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 22-23,...
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...

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