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West Virginia Fishing

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Creek in West Virginia

The number of fishing lakes in the state of West Virginia is limited but the quality of fishing makes up for it. Big bass, fat walleyes, plentiful crappie and monster stripers and catfish are available to anglers in their favorite lakes, ponds, streams and rivers. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, blue catfish, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, bluegill, rock bass, white bass, yellow perch, stripers, bowfin, chain pickerel, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike, sauger, saugeye and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major West Virginia Lakes

West Virginia major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in West Virginia, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in West Virginia, see the list below, which also includes state records.

West Virginia Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Beech Fork Lake is a 720-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Lavalette, WV.

Cheat Lake is a 1,770-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Morgantown, WV.

East Lynn Lake is a 1,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Kiahsville, WV.

Mt Storm Lake is a 1,200-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Bismarck, WV.

Stonewall Jackson Lake is a 2,600-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Walkersville, WV.

Summerville Lake is a 2,800-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Mt Nebo, WV.

Tygart Lake is a 1,700-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Grafton, WV.

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State of WV Fishing Information

Click here for a West Virginia fishing license. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources website offers a great deal of information about fishing in West Virginia.

Largemouth Bass

Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in West Virginia and other boating information. There is a section dedicated to fishing activities for kids in WV. It includes fishing stories, fish photos and tips for where and how to take a kid fishing in West Virginia.

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Fish for big bass in West Virginia

Excellent largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in WV.

Quality striped bass fishing can be found at several WV lakes and the rivers feeding them.

Fish Species in West Virginia

Fishing for bass in West Virginia

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

WV State Record: 9 lbs 10 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

WV State Record: 9 lbs 12 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

WV State Record: 4 lbs 12 oz

Fishing for catfish in West Virginia

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

WV State Record: 33 lbs 6 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

WV State Record: 70 lbs 0 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

WV State Record: 44 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for crappie in West Virginia

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

WV State Record: 4 lbs 1 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

WV State Record: N/A

Fishing for walleye in West Virginia

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

WV State Record: 19 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for trout in West Virginia

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

WV State Record: 15 lbs 10 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

WV State Record: 7 lbs 10 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

WV State Record: 16 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for panfish in West Virginia

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

WV State Record: 2 lbs 12 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

WV State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

WV State Record: 4 lbs 9 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

WV State Record: 1 lbs 13 oz

Fishing for striped bass in West Virginia

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

WV State Record: 45 lbs 11 oz

Fishing for other species in West Virginia

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

WV State Record: 9 lbs 4 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

WV State Record: 6 lbs 3 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

WV State Record: 19 lbs 1 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

WV State Record: 49 lbs 12 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

WV State Record: 22 lbs 1 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

WV State Record: 5 lbs 1 oz

Saugeye

Saugeye

World record: 15 lbs 6 oz

WV State Record: 8 lbs 12 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

WV State Record: 49 lbs 4 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

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