Smallmouth, Trout and Longbeards
The opportunities for fishing and hunting in West Virginia are plentiful and varied.
The New River offers a variety of fish but those in the know will tell you that it is all about small-mouth bass. Lots of ’em! The reasons the New is a superlative fishery are many: flowing, oxygenated water; water quality that is perfect for fishing; a tremendous variety of conditions (fast and slow moving water, as well as shallow and deep pools and eddies); the insect and bait fish populations are varied and abundant; and there is plenty of woody debris that the fish like.
If you are interested in catching walleye or muskie, you’ll want to head to the Gauley River or Summersville Lake. Several near by rivers and creeks are stocked with trout throughout the year. Check the Division of Natural Resources for the scoop on stocking schedules and licenses. www.wvdnr.gov
Robert Seay Freelance Fishing and Guide Service 304-469-3272
Larry Nibert The West Virginia Experience 304-640-2982