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 endeavors enjoyed in West Virginia. Young West Virginians learn early the art of casting, and by their teens are adept at hunting out trout in clear mountain streams — despite which there are plenty of fishing holes to be angled. Bait and tackle shops exist in almost every county, and camps, for rent or sale, may be found on almost every stream.

Fishing in West Virginia is notably accommodated by its wealth of well-watered fisheries. Unlike rivers in many other southern U.S. states, West Virginia streams do not grow sluggish in late summer. The small streams my dry to a trickle, thousands of fishing streams remain productive year-round.


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West Virginia Fishing News

Trout being stocked in WV State Parks

Trout being stocked in five park lakes in advance of Earth Day 2017

The W.Va. Division of National Resources is stocking trout in five state park lakes on April 22 to encourage family fishing during the Earth...

Free fishing weekend (June 7-8) to boost travel

This weekend (June 7-8) is free fishing weekend in West Virginia -- that time of year when anglers can fish without a license and...
Fishing on Tygart River

June 7-8 is free fishing weekend in West Virginia

The weekend of June 7-8 (2014) is free fishing weekend in West Virginia, during which residents and nonresidents alike may fish its lakes and streams...
Eric Files displays record rainbow trout

W.Va. record for rainbow trout set at Berkeley Co. pond

A state record for rainbow trout was established April 30 by Eric Files Sr. of Martinsburg, West Virginia, who pulled the 33.11-inch, 19.40-pound specimen...
Channel Catfish

W.Va. DNR: Catch a channel cat, and win a night’s camping

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In an effort to increase visitation at state-managed parks and recreation areas, the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources will begin...
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