Nestled in the heart of West Virginia, the Elk River in Webster County is one of the best places for a trout fishing adventure and one of the most exciting places to cast your line.

And it’s about to get even better!

This November and December, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will stock 1,500 trout in the Elk River and Back Fork of the Elk River (C&R) to promote fishing in the area and across the state.

Here’s everything you need to know about these special stockings.

Why is the Elk River in Webster County getting extra trout stockings?

Under the leadership of Gov. Jim Justice and in partnership with Webster County tourism and economic development officials, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is stocking the Elk River and Back Fork of Elk River as part of an exciting pilot program to not only enhance the fishing experience for anglers but also to evaluate the economic impact trout stockings on Webster County’s charming towns.

When will these trout stockings happen?

November: WVDNR hatchery staff will stock the Elk River and Back Fork of Elk River catch and release section in Webster County.

December: WVDNR hatchery staff will stock the Elk River general regulations section in Webster County.

Each stocking will include a generous supply of at least 750 rainbow trout, for a total of 1,500 additional stocked trout. For up to date information on trout stockings, visit the stocking page at You can also by check the stocking schedule on pages 14–15 in the 2023 West Virginia Fishing Regulations Summary.

Where did the extra trout come from?

These additional stockings are made possible by recent upgrades to West Virginia’s trout hatcheries, which has improved capacity and efficiency and allowed the WVDNR to stock more fish and bigger fish than ever before.

Thanks to these investments in hatchery infrastructure and ongoing support from Gov. Jim Justice, West Virginia’s hatcheries continue to be a big part of why West Virginia is a premier destination for trout fishing.

What do I need to participate in the Elk River trout stockings?

If you want to reel in a trout, you’ll need a few things before you can cast your line. First, you need to make sure that you have a valid 2023 West Virginia fishing license and trout stamp, which you can purchase online at or at verified license agents around the state. When fishing, you also need to have a valid form of identification, such as a driver’s license.

If you need additional guidance on trout fishing in the fall, check out our Fall Trout Fishing Guide for tips, best fishing spots and helpful reminders to get you ready for fishing adventures in Almost Heaven, West Virginia.

What can I do in Webster County?

Beyond the thrill of trout fishing, Webster County offers a picturesque backdrop for a holiday escape. Located near Webster Springs, the Elk River and Back Fork of Elk River catch and release section are surrounded by lodging, restaurants, shops and other outdoor adventure destinations, such as Holly River State Park, Big Ditch Lake Wildlife Management Area and the Monongahela National Forest.

Plan your stay and discover more about the area’s attractions at

Plan your fishing trip today!

Whether you’re an experienced angler or a novice, these extra trout stockings are an incredible opportunity to be part of something special — making memories in the great outdoors doing what you love with people you love. So, gear up, cast your line and immerse yourself in the natural beauty and thrilling fishing experience that Webster County has to offer.