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WVDNR Announces Return Of Trout Stockings

South Charleston, WV — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) announced the return of trout stockings to select lakes and streams around the state.

“Trout stocking not only allows us to continue to preserve and enhance our natural resources, but it also provides an excellent opportunity for both first-time and experienced anglers to enjoy West Virginia’s beautiful lakes, streams and rivers,” said WVDNR Director Brett McMillion.

Trout stockings officially returned during the week of Jan. 2, with stockings to the following 29 lakes and streams:

  • Anthony Creek
  • Big Run Lake
  • Blackwater River
  • Cacapon State Park Lakes
  • Chief Logan Lake
  • Conaway Run Lake
  • Deegan Lake
  • Fitzpatrick Lake
  • Hinkle Lake
  • Howards Creek
  • Hurricane Reservoir
  • James P Bailey Lake
  • Larenim Park Lake
  • Laurel Fork Lake
  • Lick Creek Pond
  • Little Beaver Lake
  • Mannington Lake
  • Miletree Lake
  • North Fork South Branch
  • Opequon Creek
  • Pendleton Lake
  • South Branch (Catch and Release)
  • South Branch (Franklin)
  • South Branch (Petersburg)
  • South Branch (Smoke Hole)
  • Spruce Knob Lake
  • Summit Lake
  • Thomas Park Lake
  • Wayne Dam

While daily trout stockings are not announced in advance, the WVDNR publishes a list of recently stocked waters at WVdnr.gov/fish-stocking. Anglers may also find out what waters have been stocked by calling the stocking hotline at 304-558-3399. In inclement weather, missed stockings are made up by either additional stocking runs or additional fish added to upcoming stocking events. For more information about trout stocking locations, anglers should check pages 14-15 in the 2024 Fishing Regulations Summary.

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