Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the Mountain State, and West Virginia’s state parks and forests are some of the best places to reel in a big catch. This spring, they’ll be even better thanks to the return of announced weekend trout stockings.

While getting a fish to bite requires some skill and a little luck, casting a line in stocked waters gives anglers a better chance to catch a fish. By announcing each location in advance, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources wants to give families plenty of time to plan a weekend fishing trip to their favorite park or forest.

Weekend Trout Stockings

Whether you like fishing from the shores of a lake or wading out into a trout stream, there’s a stocking location everyone can enjoy. Dates in bold are part of the special Gold Rush Week stockings during the week of April 1-6.

Plan a fishing trip today!

Before you pack up your rods and reels and take the family out for a weekend of fishing fun, make sure you have a valid fishing license. They can be purchased online at wvfish.comat a license agent around the state or by calling the DNR Licensing Unit at 304-558-2758. Kids 14 and younger don’t need one and can fish for free. Kids 15-17 must have a junior fishing license.

And don’t forget to share your fishing adventures with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #wvfish.