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DNR announces schedule for Friday and Saturday trout stockings

The Free Press WV

In an effort to encourage families and new anglers to enjoy fishing during the spring 2019 season, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has announced the locations of 69 trout stockings.

These stockings are scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays. Locations were selected based on proximity to state parks and adequate access points, and to accommodate anglers and hatchery staff.

“Friday and Saturday stockings provide a unique fishing opportunity for anglers who work or attend school during regularly scheduled trout stockings,” said DNR Director Stephen McDaniel. “Weekend stockings also help us recruit new anglers and help families make weekend plans at our beautiful state parks and forests.”

In addition to these announced stockings, DNR personnel will stock fish at unannounced locations on Saturdays this spring. Where feasible, efforts are being made to stock on Saturday instead of Monday.

Announced stockings will start Friday, March 15, and continue through Friday, May 17.They correspond with the annual stocking schedule, published in the 2019 West Virginia Fishing Regulations, and are not additional or surplus stockings.Anglers can anticipate the stockings to include the same amount and variety of trout typically stocked in these waters.

Anglers are not permitted to fish within 200 feet of WVDNR staff during a stocking event. Licensing requirements remain the same. Licenses may be purchased at agents across the state or online at www.wvfish.com.


Announced Friday and Saturday stockings will take place at:


Audra State Park
Middle Fork River – March 22, April 12, May 10


Blackwater Falls State Park
Pendleton Lake – March 15, April 06*
Blackwater River – March 22, April 50*, April 26, May 10
Thomas Park Lake – March 15, April 06*


Cacapon Resort State Park
Cacapon State Park lakes - March 22, April 06*, April 19, May 10


Camp Creek State Park
Camp Creek – March 29, April 12
Mash Fork - March 29, April 12


Canaan Valley Resort State Park
Glady Fork – March 29, April 19, May 17
Shavers Fork (Lower/Bemis) - March 29, April 19, May 17


Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
Greenbrier River – April 06*


Chief Logan State Park
Chief Logan Lake – March 15


Coopers Rock State Forest
Big Sandy – March 22, April 05, April 19, May 17
Coopers Rock Lake -March 22, April 05*, April 19, May 17


Holly River State Park
Laurel Fork [within the park] – March 22, April 05, May 03
Left Fork of Holly River – March 22, April 05, May 03


Little Beaver State Park
Little Beaver Lake – April 05*
Glade Creek of New River – April 05


North Bend State Park
North Bend Tailwaters – April 06*


Pipestem Resort State Park
Longbranch Lake – March 22, April 06*


Seneca State Forest
Seneca Lake – March 22, April 05*, May 03


Stonewall Resort State Park
Stonewall Jackson Lake Tailwater – March 22, April 06*, May 03,
Sutton Tailwater – March 22, April 06*, May 03
Burnsville Tailwater – March 22, April 06*, May 03


Tomlinson Run State Park
Tomlinson Run Lake – March 15
King Creek – March 15
Tomlinson Run – March 15


Tygart Lake State Park
Tygart Tailwaters – April 5*, May 03


Watoga State Park
Watoga Lake – March 22, April 6*, April 12, May 03
Greenbrier River (Marlinton) – March 22, April 12


* Dates marked with an asterisk indicate golden rainbow trout stockings during DNR’s Gold Rush Week, April 01-06.

West Virginia trout stocking

The Free Press WV

The following waters were stocked the week of March 04, 2019:

Anthony Creek
Baker Lake (Children and Class Q)
Bear Rocks Lake
Big Clear Creek
Blackwater River
Boley Lake
Bullskin Run
Cacapon Park Lakes
Camp Creek
Chief Logan Pond
Clear Fork of Guyandotte River
Cranberry River
Cranberry River (C&R)
Deegan Lake
Dry Fork (Randolph, Tucker)
East River
Elk River
Elk River C&R
Evitts Run
Fitzpatrick Lake
French Creek Pond
Gandy Creek
Glade Creek of Mann
Glady Fork
Greenbrier River (Marlinton)
Hinkle Lake
Howards Creek
Kimsey Run Lake
Knapps Creek
Krodel Lake
Laurel Fork (Randolph)
Laurel Fork Lake
Laurel Fork of Holly River
Left Fork of Holly River
Little Beaver Lake
Little Clear Creek
Little Kanawha Headwaters
Lost River
Mash Fork
Mash Fork of Camp Creek (Children and Class Q)
Mason Lake
Middle Creek (Berkeley)
Middle Wheeling Creek (Delayed Harvest)
Mill Creek (Berkeley)
Mill Creek Reservoir
Moores Run
Mountwood Lake
New Creek
North Bend Tailwaters
North Fork of Lunice
North Fork of Patterson Creek
North Fork South Branch
North River
Opequon Creek
Paint Creek
Pinnacle Creek (lower section)
Pond Fork
Red Creek
Right Fork of Little Kanawha Headwaters
Rocky Marsh Run
Shavers Fork (Bemis)
Shavers Fork (lower section)
Shavers Fork (upper section)
Shavers Fork C&R
South Branch (Smoke Hole)
South Mill Creek Lake
Spruce Knob Lake
Teter Creek Lake
Tilhance Creek
Trout Run
Tuckahoe Lake
Tuscarora Creek
Waites Run
Warden Lake
Wheeling Creek
Williams River

West Virginia trout stocking

The Free Press WV

The following waters were stocked the week of February 25, 2019:

Bear Rocks Lake
Beech Fork Tailwaters
Big Sandy Creek
Blackwater River
Brandywine Lake
Brushy Fork Lake
Buckhannon River
Buffalo Creek (Logan)
Buffalo Fork Lake
Burnsville Tailwaters
Cherry River
Coopers Rock Lake
Cranberry River
Curtisville Lake
Deer Creek (Pocahontas)
Dillons Run
Dry Fork (Tucker)
Dunloup Creek
East Lynn Tailwaters
Edwards Run and Pond
Elk River
Fort Ashby Reservoir
Glade Creek of Mann
Glade Creek of New River
Greenbrier River
Greenbrier River (Cass section)
Horseshoe Run
Huey Lake
Indian Creek
Laurel Creek of New River
Left Fork of Right Fork of Buckhannon River
Lick Creek Pond
Lost River
Mill Creek of South Branch
New Creek Dam No. 14
North Fork of Cherry River
North Fork South Branch
North River
Paw Paw Creek
Raleigh County Airport Pond (Children & Class Q)
Rockhouse Lake
Rollins Lake
South Fork of Cherry River
South Fork of Cranberry River
Spruce Laurel Fork
Stonewall Jackson Tailwaters
Summit Lake
Sutton Tailwaters
Trout Run
Tygart Valley River Headwaters
Waites Run
Warden Lake
Wayne Dam
West Fork of Twelvepole
Wheeling Creek
Whiteday Creek

State record yellow perch caught

The Free Press WV

A state record yellow perch was caught by Clinton Mills of Ravenswood, West Virginia on February 24, 2018. Mills caught the 14.5-inch, 2.04-pound fish on a 10-pound test line with live bait while fishing from a boat on Summersville Lake in Nicholas County. 

Mills’ yellow perch establishes a new West Virginia record for weight, exceeding the 1.93-pound fish caught by Joshua Estes from Summersville Lake in 2012.

Anglers who believe that they have caught a state record fish should check the record listing in the 2019 Fishing Regulations brochure.

The brochure also outlines the procedure to follow for reporting their catch.

This information is also available online at www.wvdnr.gov.

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