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West Virginia Trout Fishing

All about fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout in West Virginia lakes and streams.

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WV Trout Fishing Waters

Lakes with trout populations (typically stocked trout) include Cheat Lake, East Lynn Lake, Jennings Randolph Lake, Summersville Lake, and occasionally Bluestone Lake. Another area in WV with a significant population of trout is the tailwaters of Summersville Lake. Other lakes, ponds, parks and rivers may also have trout - typically a result of trout stocking.

Visit the West Virginia West Virginia Division of Natural Resources website for information regarding trout stocking programs in West Virginia.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

West Virginia Trout Records

West Virginia rainbow trout fishing

The West Virginia state record brook trout came out of the Cheat River and South Branch produced the WV state record brown trout. The state record golden trout was pulled from Brushy Fork Lake and the West Virginia state record rainbow trout was served up out of Stonecoal Lake. The West Virginia record tiger trout was caught from the Greenbrier River.

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

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

Additional trout fishing information

Brown Trout
Brown trout being released.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Trout Conservation

Trout fishing waters and information, by state.


The habits of trout.

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate West Virginia waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.

Fishing boats and boat rentals

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