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DNR releases schedule for trout stockings

March 12, 2019
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John McCoy/HD Media Rainbow trout comprise the largest percentage of the trout to be stocked in West Virginia during the 2019 spring stocking season. Hatchery officials say good water conditions in 2018 should lead to more and bigger fish stocked between January and May.

SOUTH CHARLESTON — 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 and May 10

Blackwater Falls State Park

Pendleton Lake — March 15 and April 6*

Blackwater River — March 22, April 5*, April 26 and May 10

Thomas Park Lake — March 15 and April 6*

Cacapon Resort State Park

Cacapon State Park lakes — March 22, April 6*, April 19 and May 10

Camp Creek State Park

Camp Creek — March 29 and April 12

Mash Fork — March 29 and April 12

Canaan Valley Resort State Park

Glady Fork — March 29, April 19 and May 17

Shavers Fork (Lower/Bemis) — March 29, April 19 and May 17

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

Greenbrier River — April 6*

Chief Logan State Park

Chief Logan Lake — March 15

Coopers Rock State Forest

Big Sandy — March 22, April 5, April 19 and May 17

Coopers Rock Lake — March 22, April 5*, April 19 and May 17

Holly River State Park

Laurel Fork [within the park] — March 22, April 5 and May 3

Left Fork of Holly River — March 22, April 5, May 3

Little Beaver State Park

Little Beaver Lake — April 5*

Glade Creek of New River — April 5

North Bend State Park

North Bend Tailwaters — April 6*

Pipestem Resort State Park

Longbranch Lake — March 22 and April 6*

Seneca State Forest

Seneca Lake — March 22, April 5* and May 3

Stonewall Resort State Park

Stonewall Jackson Lake Tailwater — March 22, April 6* and May 3

Sutton Tailwater — March 22, April 6* and May 3

Burnsville Tailwater — March 22, April 6* and May 3

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* and May 3

Watoga State Park

Watoga Lake — March 22, April 6*, April 12, May 3

Greenbrier River (Marlinton) — March 22 and April 12

* Dates marked with an asterisk indicate golden rainbow trout stockings during DNR’s Gold Rush Week, April 1-6.