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

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...
A youth watches golden trout swim at a West Virginia wildlife exhibit.

W.Va. governor launches annual golden trout stocking program

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and representatives from the state Division of Natural Resources today launched the West Virginia Gold Rush — the Mountain...
A father and daughter enjoy family fishing trip in West Virginia. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce.

W.Va. promotes spring trout-stocking schedule

In an effort to encourage families and new anglers to enjoy fishing during the spring 2019 season, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources...
A hunter calls a gobbler during spring turkey season in West Virginia.

W.Va. to host statewide public hunting, fishing meetings

The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources will hold 12 public meetings across the state on proposed hunting, trapping, and fishing regulations March 11-12 from...
Clinton Mills of Ravenswood, West Virginia, with his state record yellow perch.

State record yellow perch caught on Summersville Lake

A state record yellow perch was caught by Clinton Mills, of Ravenswood, West Virginia, on Feb. 24, 2018, according to a news release from...

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