Gov. Justice directs WVDNR to implement improvements to fall trout stocking method

West Virginia

Photo Courtesy of WVDNR

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has directed the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to implement additional improvements to its fall trout stocking method.

A release from the WVDNR stated that local anglers will have more opportunities then ever to enjoy fishing in the Mountain State this fall with the addition of two lakes to the stocking schedule and with trout being stocked in state parks and forests.

“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.”

Photo Courtesy o WVDNR

The release stated that traditional trout stocking will begin in streams across the state on Monday, Oct. 19. Then, on Saturday, October 24, the WVDNR will stock additional trout in lakes at state parks and forests.

According to the release, 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

The release stated that during the two-week season, WVDNR fisheries 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 has made significant improvements to the way we stock trout so more West Virginians can enjoy great fishing in more places than ever,” said WVDNR Director Stephen McDaniel. “West Virginia’s wonderful lakes and streams already provide some of the best fishing opportunities, so it’s exciting when we can use our stocking program to make the experience even better for anglers and their families.”

The release stated that fall trout stocking also coincides with several hunting seasons, which gives hunters and anglers plenty of options for outdoors activities in October.

“The neat part about it is that a lot of folks can hunt in the morning and still have an opportunity to fish in the afternoon,” said Jim Hedrick, hatchery program manager for the WVDNR. “One of the safest places to be right now is the outdoors, so this provides a great opportunity to get outside and have something fun to do.”

While fishing for trout, all anglers 15 and older are required to have a West Virginia fishing license, trout stamp and valid form of identification. To learn more about West Virginia’s fishing regulations, visit To purchase a fishing license and trout stamps, visit

2020 Fall Stocking Waters

  • Anthony Creek
  • Big Clear Creek
  • Blackwater River
  • Brandywine Lake
  • Buckhannon River
  • Buffalo Fork Lake
  • Cacapon Park Lake
  • Coopers Rock Lake
  • Cranberry River
  • Elk River
  • Evitts Run
  • Glade Creek of New
  • Knapps Creek
  • Lost River
  • New Creek Dam #14
  • North Fork South Branch
  • Opequon Creek
  • Pendleton Lake
  • Pinnacle Creek
  • Pipestem Lake
  • Pond Fork
  • R.D. Bailey Lake Tailwaters
  • Rock Cliff Lake
  • Seneca Lake
  • Shavers Fork (Bemis)
  • Shavers Fork (Lower)
  • Shavers Fork (Upper)
  • South Branch (Franklin)
  • South Branch (S. Hole)
  • Spruce Knob Lake
  • Summersville Lake Tailwaters
  • Summit Lake
  • Sutton Tailwaters
  • Teter Creek Lake
  • Tygart Valley River Headwaters
  • Tygart Lake Tailwaters
  • Watoga Lake
  • West Fork Greenbrier
  • Williams River

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