West Virginia Fishing Spots, Maps and Reports

You Are Here
Lakes
Fishing Spots
Cottages
Guides
Catches
Lakes Rivers/Streams Reservoirs Cottages Reports Fishing Spots
11 0 0 0 0 79

Types of Fish in West Virginia

Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Bullhead
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Drum
Flathead Catfish
Gar
Golden Trout
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass
Muskie
Northern Pike
Paddlefish
Pickerel
Rainbow Trout
Redbreast Sunfish
Rock Bass
Sauger
Saugeye
Shovelnose Sturgeon
Smallmouth Bass
Striped Bass
Sturgeon
Walleye
Yellow Perch

Though West Virginia has fewer waterways than most, it has plentiful fish with many being trophy sized. Fly fishing is a favored pastime of West Virginians and vacationers alike. Trout are the favored fish, but bass, catfish, and panfish swim rampant throughout West Virginia.

Trout are West Virginia’s best game fish to angle for and brook are the state fish. West Virginia contains brook, brown, rainbow, golden, and tiger trout within its borders. The mountain state has an active stocking program from the end of winter through spring, with trout stocked the most.

Elk River is one of the state’s more popular waterways for trout, as it has native brook and is regularly stocked with rainbow and brown trout. Elk River is also a great place for large walleye fishing. Not only is it easily accessible and, given the Allegheny Mountains, also quite scenic, but it is great for fly fishing and kayak/canoe fishing.

For trout fishing in a little more wilderness, Gautley River is hard to top. There are rainbow, brown, and the uncommon golden trout, in Gautley River. For the same species, plus brook trout, try Cranberry River, which is set in the largest wilderness area of the state. Or if you prefer a more easily accessed location try Williams River for trout.

Bass are always popular with anglers, and this is especially true in West Virginia. Smallmouth, largemouth, spotted, rock, white, striped and hybrid striped bass all inhabit the mountain state. The state record largemouth bass in length, over two feet long, came from Dog Run Lake. Hybrid striped bass have been established for decades in the Kanawha River.

Hefty walleye spring from West Virginian waters on a daily basis. Though not stocked as much as trout their swelling populations have made for great recreational fishing. Once the site of the state record, Kanawha River still boasts great trophy walleye fishing. Stonewall Jackson Lake and the Ohio River are also safe bets for some fair walleye angling.

For a family fishing trip try Summersville Lake, where fishing is good and there are beaches, picnic areas, public restrooms, hiking trails, rock cliffs for climbing, and more. Trout are less abundant, though in the fall they are consistently stocked in the lake’s tailwaters. Bass are endless in this lake, and the catfish and crappie do well too. You may find a walleye as well though they are less populous there. Summersville Lake is a great chance to fish while hitting many varied outdoor activities that will entertain the whole family!

West Virginian recreational fishing licenses are fairly inexpensive so there are only annual and one day (for vacationers) licenses available. Residents may buy lifetime licenses, with senior resident lifetime licenses being far cheaper. Residents are persons who have lived within West Virginia for thirty consecutive days before purchasing a fishing license. Full time students qualify as residents.

Purchase licenses at many of the state wide agents, by calling the Hunting and Fishing License Unit, or online with a state Driver’s ID number or other state issued photo ID. Residents on active duty need no licensure.
Subscribe
Subscribe to our newsletter to get the hottest deals, latest news and coolest photo's right in your inbox!

Recommended Products

West Virginia Lakes

Fishing Spots
0

Fishing Reports
0

Fish Types
0


Bass Lake


Bass Lake, just 4 miles from Hinton, West Virginia, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Bass Lake include Meadow Bridge, Alderson and Beckley. If Bass Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Brooks Branch, Big Branch, Owens Branch, Tug Creek, Kates Branch, Brier Branch, Mill Branch, Madam Creek, Fall Branch and Righthand Fork Madam Creek.
Closest Cities : Hinton 4miles, Meadow Bridge 10miles, Alderson 13miles, Beckley 16miles, Mabscott 18miles


Fishing Spots
0

Fishing Reports
0

Fish Types
0


Crystal Lake


Crystal Lake, just 2 miles from West Union, West Virginia, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Crystal Lake include Pennsboro, Pullman and Salem. If Crystal Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Gorby Run, Nutter Fork, Wolfpen Run, Slaughter Run, Piggin Run, Long Run, Rock Run, Arnold Creek, Lick Run and Short Run.
Closest Cities : West Union 2miles, Pennsboro 9miles, Pullman 12miles, Salem 12miles, Middlebourne 13miles


Fishing Spots
0

Fishing Reports
0

Fish Types
0


Douglas Lake


Princeton, West Virginia is location on Douglas Lake. It's a great lake for both resident and visiting anglers to land a lunker! Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Douglas Lake include Athens, Oakvale and Matoaka. If Douglas Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Daves Fork, Glady Fork, Christian Fork, Piney Branch, Willow Brook, Bratton Branch, Ross Branch, Barn Branch, Rocky Branch and Twelvemile Creek.
Closest Cities : Princeton 0miles, Athens 5miles, Oakvale 6miles, Matoaka 9miles, Bluefield 10miles


Fishing Spots
0

Fishing Reports
0

Fish Types
0


Forest City Lake


Forest City Lake, just 1 miles from Belmont, West Virginia, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Forest City Lake include Saint Marys, Williamstown and Marietta. If Forest City Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Danas Run, French Creek, Henry Camp Run, Newell Run, Northup Run, Kerr Run, Peggs Fork, The Thoroughfare, Long Run and McElroys Run.
Closest Cities : Belmont 1miles, Saint Marys 2miles, Williamstown 11miles, Marietta 11miles, Ellenboro 12miles


Fishing Spots
0

Fishing Reports
0

Fish Types
0


Hillside Lake


Hillside Lake, just 2 miles from Martinsburg, West Virginia, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Hillside Lake include Shepherdstown, Hedgesville and Sharpsburg. If Hillside Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Evans Run, Cold Spring Run, Shaw Run, Tuscarora Creek, Sulphur Spring Branch, Buzzard Run, Dry Run, Eagle Run, Hopewell Run and Dry Run.
Closest Cities : Martinsburg 2miles, Shepherdstown 7miles, Hedgesville 9miles, Sharpsburg 10miles, Charles Town 11miles


Fishing Spots