Photo courtesy W.Va. DNR

W.Va. DNR stocks 43 waters during first week of fall trout stocking, including Buckhannon River

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced on Monday that 43 waters were stocked during the first week of fall trout stocking and that two anglers have already entered valid tag numbers into the Monster Trout Contest.

During the weeks of Oct. 16 and Oct. 23, the WVDNR is stocking more than 40,000 pounds of trophy-size and monster trout at 43 lakes and streams around the state. Of that total, 35,000 pounds of trout weighing 1-2 pounds and 6,500 pounds of monster trout weighing 3-6 pounds will be stocked. Out of the monster trout, five fish will have a tag that can be redeemed for a grand prize.

Anglers who catch one of the five tagged fish and submit a photo with the tag number will be eligible to win a weekend cabin stay at a West Virginia State Park or a Cabela’s prize package. Entries must be submitted by Friday, November 17. To learn more about the Monster Trout Contest, visit

The following waters were stocked during the week of Oct. 16:

  • Anthony Creek
  • Big Clear Creek
  • Blackwater River
  • Brandywine Lake
  • Buckhannon River
  • Buffalo Fork Lake
  • Cacapon Park Lake
  • Coopers Rock Lake
  • Cranberry River
  • Elk River (Randolph, Webster)
  • Evitts Run
  • Glade Creek of Mann
  • Glade Creek of New River
  • Knapps Creek
  • Lost River
  • New Creek Dam No. 14
  • North Branch of Potomac River (Jennings Randolph Tailwaters)
  • North Fork South Branch
  • Opequon Creek
  • Pendleton Lake
  • Pinnacle Creek
  • Pipestem Lake
  • Pond Fork
  • R.D. Bailey Tailwaters
  • Rockcliff Lake
  • Seneca Lake
  • Shavers Fork (Bemis)
  • Shavers Fork (lower section)
  • Shavers Fork (upper section)
  • South Branch (Franklin)
  • South Branch (Smoke Hole)
  • Spruce Knob Lake
  • Summersville Tailwaters
  • Summit Lake
  • Sutton Tailwaters
  • Teter Creek Lake
  • Tygart Lake Tailwaters
  • Tygart Valley River Headwaters
  • Upper Guyandotte River
  • Watoga Lake
  • West Fork Greenbrier River
  • Wheeling Creek
  • Williams River

Wheeling Creek in Marshall and Ohio County and Glade Creek of Mann (Babcock State Park) have been added to the fall stocking list. Upper Shavers Fork will not be stocked on FS Service Road 209 due to road construction by the U.S. Forest Service. The remainder of the Upper Shavers Fork stocking locations will receive fish.

In November and December, the WVDNR will also stock trout on the Elk River in Webster County as part of a pilot program to evaluate the economic impact of trout stocking in the area. Stockings, which will occur at the usual stocking locations, will include 750 rainbow trout each month for a total of 1,500 additional trout stocked in the Elk River.

For a complete list of waters receiving a fall trout stocking, anglers should check pages 14-15 in the 2023 Fishing Regulations Summary. The WVDNR also posts trout stocking updates online at

All anglers 15 years and older are required to have a West Virginia fishing license, trout stamp and a valid form of identification while fishing for trout. Licenses and stamps can be purchased at 175 retail locations across the state or online at

To learn more about fishing opportunities and trout stockings in West Virginia, visit

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