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

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

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

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