Weekend trout stockings return to WV State Parks this spring

Get your family hooked on fishing by casting a line at a West Virginia state park.

Lakes and streams at West Virginia’s parks and forests are some of the best places to catch a fish, but they’ll be even better thanks to the return of announced trout stockings on Fridays and Saturdays in March, April and May. They start on March 13 and run through May 22.

These stockings are perfect for families and new anglers looking for a way to enjoy fishing at their favorite park or forest. It’s also a great opportunity to get out and explore a park you’ve never visited before. Families who wish to stay at a state park or forest on a stocking weekend are encouraged to make travel plans in advance because cabins and lodges book up fast.

Anglers also should make sure they have a valid fishing license. They can be purchased at www.wvfish.com.

Stocking dates and locations

Whether you like fishing from the shores of a big lake or wading in a trout stream, there’s a stocking location for you.

March 13

March 20

March 27-28 (Bold dates indicate West Virginia Gold Rush stockings)

April 3-4 (Bold dates indicate West Virginia Gold Rush stockings)

April 10

  • AudraMiddle Fork River
  • Camp CreekCamp Creek, Mash Fork
  • Holly RiverLaurel Fork (inside park), Left Fork of Holly River
  • WatogaWatoga Lake, Greenbrier River (Marlinton)

April 17

April 24

May 1

May 8

May 22

Announced stockings correspond with the annual schedule published in the 2020 West Virginia Fishing Regulations and include the variety and number of trout in a typical stocking. Licensing requirements and fishing regulations remain the same.

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