DNR releases schedule for trout stockings
SOUTH CHARLESTON — In an effort to encourage families and new anglers to enjoy fishing during the spring 2019 season, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has announced the locations of 69 trout stockings.
These stockings are scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays. Locations were selected based on proximity to state parks and adequate access points, and to accommodate anglers and hatchery staff.
“Friday and Saturday stockings provide a unique fishing opportunity for anglers who work or attend school during regularly scheduled trout stockings,” said DNR Director Stephen McDaniel. “Weekend stockings also help us recruit new anglers and help families make weekend plans at our beautiful state parks and forests.”
In addition to these announced stockings, DNR personnel will stock fish at unannounced locations on Saturdays this spring. Where feasible, efforts are being made to stock on Saturday instead of Monday.
Announced stockings will start Friday, March 15, and continue through Friday, May 17. They correspond with the annual stocking schedule, published in the 2019 West Virginia Fishing Regulations, and are not additional or surplus stockings.
Anglers can anticipate the stockings to include the same amount and variety of trout typically stocked in these waters.
Anglers are not permitted to fish within 200 feet of WVDNR staff during a stocking event. Licensing requirements remain the same. Licenses may be purchased at agents across the state or online at www.wvfish.com.
Announced Friday and Saturday stockings will take place at:
Audra State Park
Middle Fork River — March 22, April 12 and May 10
Blackwater Falls State Park
Pendleton Lake — March 15 and April 6*
Blackwater River — March 22, April 5*, April 26 and May 10
Thomas Park Lake — March 15 and April 6*
Cacapon Resort State Park
Cacapon State Park lakes — March 22, April 6* and April 19, May 10
Camp Creek State Park
Camp Creek — March 29 and April 12
Mash Fork — March 29 and April 12
Canaan Valley Resort State Park
Glady Fork — March 29, April 19 and May 17
Shavers Fork (Lower/Bemis) — March 29, April 19 and May 17
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
Greenbrier River — April 6*
Chief Logan State Park
Chief Logan Lake — March 15
Coopers Rock State Forest
Big Sandy — March 22, April 5, April 19 and May 17
Coopers Rock Lake — March 22, April 5*, April 19 and May 17
Holly River State Park
Laurel Fork [within the park] — March 22, April 5 and May 3
Left Fork of Holly River — March 22, April 5, May 3
Little Beaver State Park
Little Beaver Lake — April 5*
Glade Creek of New River — April 5
North Bend State Park
North Bend Tailwaters — April 6*
Pipestem Resort State Park
Longbranch Lake — March 22 and April 6*
Seneca State Forest
Seneca Lake — March 22, April 5* and May 3
Stonewall Resort State Park
Stonewall Jackson Lake Tailwater — March 22, April 6* and May 3
Sutton Tailwater — March 22, April 6* and May 3
Burnsville Tailwater — March 22, April 6* and May 3
Tomlinson Run State Park
Tomlinson Run Lake — March 15
King Creek — March 15 Tomlinson Run — March 15
Tygart Lake State Park
Tygart Tailwaters — April 5* and May 3
Watoga State Park
Watoga Lake — March 22, April 6*, April 12, May 3
Greenbrier River (Marlinton) — March 22 and April 12
* Dates marked with an asterisk indicate golden rainbow trout stockings during DNR’s Gold Rush Week, April 1-6.