It’s important for anglers to keep themselves up to date with the current fishing regulations. Fishing is available to enjoy year-round, but you should be aware of the specific fishing regulations where you are fishing. Laws may differ when fishing in certain lakes or rivers or catching certain fish species. Review the current Fishing Regulations Summary before planning your next Almost Heaven fishing trip.
CURRENT FISHING REGULATIONS
View the current Fishing Regulations Summary. In addition to regulations, it contains fishing tips and other useful information.
West Virginia shares waterways with several states. View information on reciprocal boundaries and rules and regulations for fishing these waters here on page 9.
Fisheries biologists utilize regulations to provide the best possible recreational fishing opportunities for anglers, while protecting West Virginia’s fish resources. Regulations are established for a variety of reasons. They are often adopted to prevent over harvesting of sport fish, protect spawning fish, maintain healthy populations and/or to protect vulnerable species.
Before implementing a new regulation, the WVDNR carefully collects biological information and considers anglers attitudes and preferences. The goal of our fisheries management is to create statewide sportfishing opportunities with equal and sustainable levels of harvest for anglers, while preserving our unique fish communities. If you have questions about a specific regulation, please contact a fisheries biologist at a nearby WVDNR District Office.
Fishing Tournament Information
Trout stockings return to West Virginia lakes and streams Oct. 18
Don’t pack up your fishing gear just yet. Fall trout stockings return to nearly 40 lakes and streams around the state starting Oct. 18. Fall trout stocking only lasts two weeks, so make sure you plan a trip while there’s…
Why you need to buy RB/RRB stamps before the deer archery season
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West Virginia’s archery/crossbow seasons start Sept. 25. Get ready with this preseason checklist.
If you’ve spent the last few weeks anxiously waiting for the fall hunting seasons to start, your patience is about to be rewarded because West Virginia’s archery/crossbow seasons for deer, bear and wild boar open on Saturday, Sept. 25. If…
WV State Parks reconstructing original gateway entrance at Coopers Rock
An iconic wooden gateway that welcomed visitors to Coopers Rock State Forest in the 40s and 50s is being reconstructed as part of a series of improvements at the popular state forest. The project is a collaboration between the West…
WVDNR encourages private landowners to apply for Wild Yard certification
In an effort to create more natural habitat for wildlife around the state, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is encouraging landowners to join its Wild Yards program. The program, which has 300 members around the state, recognizes the…
WV State Parks announces return of guided elk viewing tours at Tomblin WMA
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WVDNR installs migratory animal tracking system at Hanging Rock
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WVDNR surveys Gandy Creek to assess weekly trout numbers
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources recently surveyed Gandy Creek to assess trout numbers in one of the state’s most popular fishing streams and biologists for the agency say their findings show there are still plenty of trout to catch in between stockings.
New West Virginia Wildlife Center biologist ready for busy summer
The West Virginia State Wildlife Center has a new resident biologist and while he’s only been on the job for a few months he already has some advice for people planning a visit in the coming months.
WVDNR partners with Toyota to promote pollinator conservation
Private landowners in the Kanawha Valley had a hands-on opportunity to learn how to create a pollinator habitat on their property through a recent workshop hosted by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc.
WVDNR studying deer population around state
Thanks to a new West Virginia Division of Natural Resources study, hunters, conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts will soon know more about the state’s white-tailed deer population, their survival raises, behavior and movement patterns.