Weekend trout stockings at WV State Parks provide family fishing fun

Get your family hooked on fishing by taking them to a West Virginia state park or forest. We want to encourage families and new anglers to get out and try this sport. That’s why the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has announced spring weekend trout stockings in or near state parks and forests.

Normally, DNR doesn’t announce trout stockings so fish have time to acclimate to the water before getting fished out. But announcing Friday and Saturday stockings will give families with busy schedules more opportunities to go fishing and enjoy the many other weekend activities at our beautiful parks and forests.

Plan a fishing trip today!

For new anglers, especially kids, catching their first fish is an unforgettable experience. While getting a fish to bite requires some skill, and a little luck, casting a line in stocked waters gives you and your family a better chance to catch a fish. And let’s be honest — who doesn’t like catching a big ol’ trout?

So, you might ask: Do my kids and I need a fishing license? The good news is that kids 14 and younger do not need a license and can fish for free! Kids 15-17 must have a junior fishing license. All others must have a current West Virginia fishing license. Fishing licenses can be purchased at www.wvfish.com.

These weekend trout stockings are planned through May 19, so don’t miss out on the fun! Find a state park or forest below that is closest to you and start planning a fishing trip the whole family can enjoy. If you need overnight accommodations, many of the parks and forests below have cabins or lodge rooms. But hurry! They book up fast. Make you reservation by clicking Book Now!

Weekend Trout Stockings

Dates marked with an asterisk (*) are West Virginia Gold Rush stockings during DNR’s Gold Rush Week, April 2-6.

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