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.
Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the Mountain State, and West Virginia’s state parks and forests are some of the best places to reel in a big catch. Our lakes and streams also are regularly stocked with trout, bass, bluegill and other sport fish, making state parks and forests accessible to anglers of all skill sets. And this spring, they’ll be even better thanks to the return of announced weekend trout stockings!
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. Stockings are planned in March, April and May. So, find the state park or forest below that is closest to you and start planning a fishing trip the whole family can enjoy.
Weekend Trout Stockings
Whether you like fishing from the shores of a big lake or wading out into a trout stream, there’s a stocking location everyone can enjoy. Below are upcoming stocking dates. Dates in bold are part of the special Gold Rush Week stockings during the week of April 1-6.
- Audra State Park
- Middle Fork River: May 10
- Blackwater Falls State Park
- Blackwater River: April 26, May 10
- Cacapon Resort State Park
- Cacapon State Park Lakes: May 10
- Canaan Valley Resort State Park
- Glady Fork: May 17
- Shavers Fork (Lower/Bemis): May 17
- Coopers Rock State Forest
- Big Sandy: May 17
- Coopers Rock Lake: May 17
- Holly River State Park
- Laurel Fork (Holly River State Park): May 3
- Left Fork of Holly River: May 3
- Seneca State Forest
- Seneca Lake: May 3
- Stonewall Jackson Resort State Park
- Stonewall Jackson Tailwater: May 3
- Sutton Trailwater: May 3
- Burnsville Tailwater: May 3
- Tygart Lake State Park
- Tygart Tailwaters: May 3
- Watoga State Park
- Watoga Lake: May 3
Plan a fishing trip today!
Before you pack up your rods and reels and take the family out for a weekend of fishing fun, make sure you have a valid fishing license. Kids 14 and younger don’t need one and can fish for free! Kids 15-17 must have a junior fishing license. Fishing licenses can be purchased at wvfish.com.
And if you need overnight accommodations, many parks and forests have cabins or lodge rooms. But hurry! They book up fast.Book Now