Fall Trout Stockings Just Got Even Better with the Monster Trout Stocking Program

12 days. 30,000 trout. 40 lakes and streams. Fall trout stockings are back October 17 – 28, 2022 and better than ever before. On October 14, Governor Justice announced the launch of a new stocking program to coincide with fall trout stockings.

During this time the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources will stock 40 lakes and streams with 30,000 trout making it the perfect time for you to explore Almost Heaven’s waters and reel in a prized catch.

This year, the stakes are higher as we introduce the Monster Trout Contest Program and contest. During fall trout stockings, 2,500 trophy-sized rainbows will be stocked and of those 250 will be tagged with a special number. These 2,500 trophy-sized rainbows are from the White Sulphur Spring Federal Hatchery.

Scroll below to learn how to participate in the Monster Trout Contest and receive a commemorative hat.

Monster Trout Contest


  1. 2,500 trophy-sized rainbows will be stocked during Fall Trout Stockings. 250 of those trout will be tagged with a special number.
  2. If you catch one of these tagged fish, take a picture with you and your catch and submit your photo.
  3. Once you submit your photo, a commemorative hat and a certificate will be sent to you and fellow Monster Trout Contest winners!

Contest Prize


If you’re one of the lucky anglers that catches a tagged monster trout we’ll send you a commemorative hat, a certificate and you’ll earn bragging rights.

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All anglers 15 years and older are required to have a West Virginia fishing license and a valid form of identification while fishing. Licenses are valid through the entire calendar year. Whether you’re looking to come for the day or stay for a week, there’s a West Virginia fishing license for you.

Licenses can be purchased at 160 retail locations across the state or online.


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