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West Virginia Fishing Areas

Angling Destinations Weather Fish Species
April 20 2024

West Virginia Fishing Areas

West Virginia offers anglers a wealth of opportunities to fish for various species in its many rivers, streams, and lakes. Popular angling destinations include the New River, Shenandoah River, and Elk River, among others. These rivers offer fish species such as smallmouth bass, musky, walleye, and trout. The New River is known for its large smallmouth bass, with some weighing over 6 pounds.

The best time to fish in West Virginia is generally during the spring and fall months, when the temperatures are cooler and the fish are more active. Spring temperatures average around 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit, and fall temperatures average around 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit.

When it comes to bait and lures, popular choices include live bait such as worms, minnows, and crawfish, as well as artificial lures like spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and topwater lures. Fly fishing is also popular in West Virginia, with the state offering many fly fishing only areas.

Interesting fishing facts about West Virginia include that the state holds the world record for the largest smallmouth bass caught on a fly rod, weighing in at over 11 pounds. West Virginia is also home to the Golden Rainbow Trout, a rare and sought-after fish that is only found in a few select waters in the state. Additionally, many of the rivers in West Virginia are stocked with fish by the state, providing ample opportunities for anglers of all skill levels.

Location State Fish Habitat
Bruceton Mills Public Fishing Area
West Virginia
Dans Mountain Pond
West Virginia Rainbow Trout
Dry Fork
West Virginia

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