CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Governor Jim Justice and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) today announced that fall trout stocking is underway in West Virginia. With lows starting October 18 and continuing through October 29, the Justice Government and WVDNR are encouraging anglers across the state and nation to take advantage of these fishing opportunities throughout the season. fall season.
“As a long-time angler, I can honestly say that going out on the crystal-clear waters we are blessed with in West Virginia and casting a line is one of my all-time favorite pastimes,” said the governor of justice. “Fall in West Virginia is one of the most beautiful times of the year that you will find in nature anywhere on Earth. I strongly encourage anyone who has a passion for fishing or just enjoys the outdoors to come and experience how amazing the fall trout season is in West Virginia.
40,700 pounds of trout from WVDNR hatcheries will be stored during this time in 38 waters across the state, including the following:
Lakes and ponds:
- Brandywine (Pendleton)
- Buffalo Fork (Pocahontas)
- Cacapon (Morgan)
- Coopers Rock (Monongalia)
- New Creek Dam 14 (Grant)
- Pendelton (Tucker)
- Rocky cliff (Hardy)
- Seneca (Pocahontas)
- Spruce Knob (Randolph)
- Summit (Greenbrier)
- Teter Creek (Barbour)
- Watoga (Pocahontas)
Rivers and streams:
- Anthony Creek (Greenbrier)
- Big Clear Creek (Greenbrier)
- Blackwater River (Tucker)
- Buckhannon River (Upshur)
- Cranberry River (Nicholas, Pocahontas, Webster)
- Elk River (Randolph, Webster)
- Evitts Race (Jefferson)
- Glade Creek from New River (Raleigh)
- Knaps Creek (Pocahontas)
- Lost River (Hardy)
- North branch of the Potomac River (mineral)
- North Fork of the South Branch (Grant, Pendleton)
- Opequon Creek (Berkeley, Jefferson)
- Pinnacle Creek (Wyoming)
- Pond Fork (Boone)
- RD Bailey Lake Tailwaters (Mingo, Wyoming)
- Razor Fork Lower Section (Randolph)
- Upper section of the razor fork (Randolph)
- Franklin Section of the South Branch (Pendleton)
- South Branch Smoke Hole Section (Pendleton)
- Summersville Lake Tailwaters (Nicholas)
- Waters downstream from Lac Sutton (Braxton)
- Tailwaters of Lake Tygart (Taylor)
- Tygart Valley (Randolph) upstream course
- West Fork of the Greenbrier River (Pocahontas)
- Williams River (Pocahontas, Webster)
Anglers should expect ideal trout fishing conditions to continue for several weeks after the two week stocking period, especially in large streams and lakes where trout has more space to disperse. Storage locations are updated Monday through Friday and can be viewed online at WVdnr.gov.
“Each year, I challenge our MNR to make the world-class fishing experience we already enjoy in West Virginia even better and more accessible to all,” said the Governor of Justice. “When you think of how many of these trophy fish will be stocked in over three dozen of our lakes and streams, spread across the state, I’m sure this will be perhaps our best fall fishing season yet. day. ”
In addition to calling for the hatchery renovation, in April 2019, the Justice Government ordered the WVDNR to improve its methods of stocking trout by spanning longer sections of the course. water, allowing anglers to get fish in several new locations. In 2020, the Governor of Justice also ordered the WVDNR to add more lakes and streams to the restocking schedule, including state parks and forests.
“We are always excited to provide fishing opportunities for West Virginia and visitors to our beautiful state, and what is amazing is that the opportunities just keep getting better,” said Stephen McDaniel, Director of the WVDNR. “In the past three years alone, the Governor has initiated several significant enhancements to our trout stocking program and hatcheries. Currently, we have $ 30 million in hatchery renovations underway. Once the renovations are complete, our trout storage capacity will increase from 800,000 pounds to 1.25 million pounds.
In addition to stocking trout, West Virginia is currently experiencing a peak in fall foliage statewide, making West Virginia State Parks great places to enjoy both fishing and fall scenery. Five parks included in the trout stocking program are Blackwater Falls State Park (Blackwater River), Cacapon Resort State Park (Cacapon Lake), Coopers Rock State Forest (Coopers Rock Lake) and Tygart Lake State Park (Tygart Lake tailwaters).
“The abundance of outdoor recreation makes West Virginia a spectacular place to visit in the fall,” said Chelsea Ruby, secretary of the West Virginia Department of Tourism. “Each year, under the leadership of the Justice Government, we partner with the Natural Resources Division to help publicize hunting and fishing opportunities and our incredible state parks and forests, which are truly unique destinations. for fishing, fall foliage, and so much more. I strongly encourage everyone to go online to WVtourism.com and find inspiration for their fall adventures in Almost Heaven. When fishing for trout in West Virginia, all anglers 15 years of age and over must have a West Virginia fishing license, trout stamp and valid identification. To learn more about fishing regulations in West Virginia, visit WVdnr.gov. To purchase a fishing license and trout stamps, visit WVfish.com.