Fishing in West Virginia
West Virginia offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities. Four distinct seasons means fishing for species indigenous to the north as well as the south. Of course, the most obvious opportunity is to hike the short distance from your cabin at Carnifex Ferry Cottages to the Gauley River to catch your meal!
West Virginia is arguably the best trout fishing state in the east. The Cranberry, Williams, and Cherry rivers offer legendary trout fishing. Check the “Trout Report,” and “Trout Regulations” links below for more information.
The New River is a smallmouth bass mecca. An ample population of trophy sized smallmouth bass propagate in the ideal habitat of stone ledges and boulders of the Upper New River. This section of the New River offers gentle rolling rapids, breathtaking scenery, an abundance of wildlife and miles of excellent fishing. New River fishing also includes muskie and catfish. The use of an experienced guide will ensure that you maximize your fishing experience on the Upper New. Check “WV Fishing Guides” below for our recommendations.
The Elk River and its numerous branches and forks is an excellent river for both trout and smallmouth bass while the Greenbrier River offers fantastic smallmouth bass fishing on the longest unimpounded river in the east.
Summersville Lake is excellent for smallmouth and largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, bluegill, walleye, and the occasional rainbow trout. The lake is clean, clear, deep, and provides many rock cliffs, boulders and other cover–an excellent environment for fish to thrive. The tailwaters are stocked with trout.
Whatever your preference for fishing, you’ll find it here in West Virginia. Guides are available for most of the rivers in the area and for the veteran fisherman, will help you find all the finest fishin’ holes quickly. For the novice fisherman, the guides will also help you develop your skills as a fisherman.
For further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us via email or at 1-800-701-0809.
Fishing Related Links
WV Fishing Guides
Twin Rivers Outfitters
PO Box 28
Daniels, WV 25832
Phone: (304) 763-5044 (Local)
Toll Free: 1-800-WVA-FINS (982-3467)
Twin Rivers Outfitters offers trips on the Greenbrier and New rivers. They have a great guarantee and a variety of day trips and overnighters. Make reservations early!
Cranberry Wilderness Outfitters
1 Park Place
Richwood, WV 26261
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-848-8390
Cranberry Wilderness Outfitters provides trout fishing trips on the Cranberry, Williams, and Elk rivers. They also offer smallmouth bass fishing trips on the Greenbrier and Elk rivers. A limited series of fly fishing schools are available throughout the season. Private instruction is also available. Call for dates and prices.