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

Fall trout stockings are back the weeks of October 16 and October 23 and better than ever before. During these two weeks, the WVDNR will stock more than 40,000 pounds of trophy-size and monster trout at 43 lakes and streams around the state.

Of that total, 35,000 pounds of trout weighing 1-2 pounds and 6,500 pounds of monster trout weighing 3-6 pounds will be stocked. Out of the monster trout, five fish will have a tag that can be redeemed for a grand prize.

In October of 2022, Governor Justice announced the launch of a new stocking program to coincide with fall trout stockings.

Scroll below to learn how to participate in the Monster Trout Contest.

Monster Trout Contest


  1. Five fish will have a tag that can be redeemed for a grand prize.
  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 and enter the tag number, you’ll be entered to win one of the prizes!

Contest Prizes


If you’re one of the lucky anglers that catches a tagged monster trout you’ll be automatically entered to win one of the prizes. The Grand Prize Winner will win a weekend cabin stay at a West Virginia State Park. The four other winners will win a Cabela’s prize package! You must submit your entry by Friday, November 17 to be entered to win.

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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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