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Stephen S. McDaniel, Director

News Release: March 10, 2020

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Weekend trout stockings return to WV State Parks this spring

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA. — In an effort to provide accessible fishing opportunities for families and new anglers during the 2020 spring fishing season, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has announced the dates and locations of more than 70 trout stockings at several state parks and forests.

Stockings are scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays in March, April and May. They start on March 13 and run through May 22.

"Our parks and forests have some of the best fishing spots in the state and we want to give folks a chance to experience their natural beauty while also enjoying a weekend fishing trip with their family," said DNR Director Stephen McDaniel. "Our goal with these stockings is to make fishing fun and approachable for new anglers and people who aren't able to get out and fish during the week at a regularly stocked lake or stream."

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. Reservations can be made online at www.wvstateparks.com.

Anglers 15 and older should also make sure they have a valid fishing license, which can be purchased online at www.wvfish.com.

Stocking Dates and Locations

March 13

  • Blackwater Falls — Pendleton Lake, Thomas Park Lake
  • Chief Logan — Chief Logan Lake
  • Holly River — Laurel Fork (inside park), Left Fork of Holly River
  • Tomlinson Run — Tomlinson Run Lake, King Creek, Tomlinson Run

March 20

  • Audra — Middle Fork River
  • Blackwater Falls — Blackwater River
  • Cacapon Resort — Cacapon State Park Lakes
  • Coopers Rock State Forest — Big Sandy, Coopers Rock Lake
  • Pipestem Resort — Longbranch Lake
  • Seneca State Forest — Seneca Lake
  • Stonewall Resort — Stonewall Jackson Tailwaters, Sutton Tailwaters, Burnsville Tailwaters
  • Watoga — Watoga Lake, Greenbrier River (Marlinton)

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

  • Babcock — Boley Lake
  • Blackwater Falls — Pendleton Lake, Thomas Park Lake
  • Camp Creek — Camp Creek, Mash Fork
  • Canaan Valley Resort — Glady Fork, Shavers Fork (Lower/Bemis)
  • Cass Scenic Railroad — Greenbrier River (Cass)
  • Cedar Creek — Cedar Creek Lake
  • Chief Logan — Chief Logan Lake
  • Little Beaver — Little Beaver Lake
  • Pipestem Resort — Longbranch Lake
  • Seneca State Forest — Seneca Lake
  • Tomlinson Run — Tomlinson Run Lake, King Creek, Tomlinson Run
  • Tygart Lake — Tygart Tailwaters

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

  • Blackwater Falls — Blackwater River
  • Cacapon Resort — Cacapon State Park Lakes
  • Coopers Rock State Forest — Big Sandy, Coopers Rock Lake
  • North Bend — North Bend Tailwaters
  • Stonewall Resort — Stonewall Jackson Tailwaters, Sutton Tailwaters, Burnsville Tailwaters
  • Watoga — Watoga Lake

April 10

  • Audra — Middle Fork River
  • Camp Creek — Camp Creek, Mash Fork
  • Holly River — Laurel Fork (inside park), Left Fork of Holly River
  • Watoga — Watoga Lake, Greenbrier River (Marlinton)

April 17

  • Cacapon Resort — Cacapon State Park Lakes
  • Canaan Valley Resort — Glady Fork, Shavers Fork (Lower/Bemis)
  • Coopers Rock State Forest — Big Sandy, Coopers Rock Lake

April 24

  • Blackwater Falls — Blackwater River

May 1

  • Seneca State Forest — Seneca Lake
  • Stonewall Resort — Stonewall Jackson Tailwaters, Sutton Tailwaters, Burnsville Tailwaters
  • Tygart Lake — Tygart Tailwaters
  • Watoga — Watoga Lake

May 8

  • Audra — Middle Fork River
  • Blackwater Falls — Blackwater River
  • Holly River — Laurel Fork (inside park), Left Fork of Holly River

May 22

  • Canaan Valley Resort — Glady Fork, Shavers Fork (Lower/Bemis)
  • Coopers Rock State Forest — Big Sandy, Coopers Rock Lake

For in depth details about each location, visit www.mapwv.gov/huntfish.

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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