SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice has directed the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) to implement additional improvements to its fall trout stocking method.
Anglers will have more opportunities than ever to enjoy West Virginia fishing trips this year, with the addition of two lakes to the stocking schedule, and with trout being stocked in state parks and forests so families and children have more opportunities to get outside and fish for trout.
“We have so many families with young children getting out and exploring, seeing just how spectacular West Virginia is in the fall, and they’re visiting our state parks and forests in record numbers,” Gov. Justice said. “This is an exciting way for our children to make memories that will last a lifetime by giving them more opportunities to catch a big fish in one of our beautiful lakes.”
Traditional trout stocking will begin in streams across West Virginia on Monday, Oct. 19. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 24, the WVDNR will stock additional trout in lakes at state parks and forests. These waters include the new locations of Pendleton Lake at Blackwater Falls State Park and Pipestem Lake at Pipestem Resort State Park, as well as the following lakes:
•Coopers Rock Lake at Coopers Rock State Forest
•Seneca Lake at Seneca State Forest
•Watoga Lake at Watoga State Park
•Cacapon Lake at Cacapon Resort State Park
During the two-week season, WVDNR fisheries staff will stock trout in a total of 39 lakes and streams around the state.
Last April, Gov. Justice directed the WVDNR to begin spreading out over longer sections of streams for trout stocking, allowing for fish to be available to anglers at many new and exciting locations.
“This is now the second time in two years that Governor Justice