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

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...
An angler in West Virginia shows off his catch, a rainbow trout.

Statewide meetings will discuss trout management

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will hold six public meetings with anglers and the general public in late September and October to...
Gauley River in Gauley River National Recreation Area, New River Gorge Region

DNR makes special trout stocking at Summersville Lake tailwater

Just in time for free fishing weekend June 8 and 9, the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources—in cooperation with the West Virginia Professional River...
Joe Wood stocks trout in Buffalo Creek near Clay in Clay County,

West Virginia governor announces new trout-stocking pattern

Governor Jim Justice has announced that the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has implemented a new trout-stocking method designed to enhance fishing. Rather than...

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