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Fishing for Fun in West Virginia

With its year-round fishing season, including an open season for trout, more than 20,000 miles of streams and more than 100 public fishing lakes, West Virginia provides anglers with a variety of fishing opportunities and experiences.

Every year, streams and small public fishing lakes are stocked with rainbow, brown, brook and West Virginia golden rainbow trout. You can also cast for smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleye, channel catfish and musky.

A number of catch-and-release and fly-fishing-only areas provide some of the best fly fishing in the East. Anglers have access to shoreline fishing, boat launching, and facilities for the physically challenged throughout the state. Float trips also are available on the South Branch, Cacapon, Greenbrier and New rivers.

For more information about fishing in West Virginia and to purchase your fishing license online, view Fishing License Information. Out-of-state visitors may purchase inexpensive one-day licenses. And don’t forget, all children under age 15 fish for FREE!

Visit the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to learn more about fishing opportunities in the state.


What you need to know when fishing in West Virginia.