Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is celebrating the international event by stocking five state park lakes with rainbow and golden trout, some of the most coveted fish by anglers in the Mountain State.

DNR regularly stocks lakes, streams and other waterways around the state with trout, but this is the first time a stocking has been announced in advance. This special stocking will hopefully encourage anglers and their friends and family to go fishing in state parks, said DNR Director Stephen McDaniel.

“This special trout stocking on Earth Day is a new opportunity for us to encourage anglers to visit our state parks while enjoying this popular activity,” he said.


Trout stockings are made possible by DNR wildlife biologists.

If you enjoy fishing, or would like to give it a try, now is a perfect time. But before you go, make sure you have a fishing license. If you don’t, license purchases are available online at Children 14 and younger are not required to have a license.

During the special stocking, approximately 1,800 pounds, which can be well over 2,000 fish, will be released into park lakes. Stockings will occur at the following locations:

  1. Pendleton Lake at Blackwater Falls
  2. Cacapon Lake at Cacapon State Park
  3. The tail waters of North Bend Lake at North Bend State Park
  4. Long Branch Lake at Pipestem State Park
  5. Watoga Lake at Watoga State Park’s

This is sure to be a popular event, so make sure you get there early by staying in a park lodge or cabin the night before. Reservations are available online or may be made by calling the parks directly.

DNR conducts more than 1,400 stockings across the state annually. Information about fishing is available at along with stocking information, state records and license information.