Public fishing areas in West Virginia are very plentiful. While I have not fished at all of them, here are 4 that stand out in my mind. Some of these WV public fishing areas stand out for their beauty, some for the fishing opportunity, but all are worth the trip.
If you could only fish at one location in WV, the place is Seneca Rocks. From US 33, Follow the signs (that are abundant in the area) to the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center. Follow the parking lot toward the river and park. The water is a short walk and is in sight. This area is a great trout fishing area in a one of a kind setting. The beautiful Seneca Rocks rises above you, and if you are lucky the trout will rise to your flies. Note this is a restricted area. Visit wvdnr.gov for up to date information. The area is restricted to artificial lures and is catch and release. A short hike will get you out of the catch and release area if you are looking for supper. Read more here.
Located in Babcock State Park is one of the most scenic and most well known scenes in West Virginia. Glade Creek flows through an historic and picturesque grist mill. Glade Creek is a great trout stream with super easy access via the state park’s parking lot, however the rocky creek can be difficult to fish. Babcock offers cabins along Glade Creek to allow the fishing fanatic to sleep within steps of the stream. Stay at Cabin 13 where a notorious murder took place. Read more about Babcock here and here.
If you like to travel hit WV State Route 47 going east from Interstate 77 near Parkersburg. There are numerous public fishing areas along this stretch of WV State Route 47. WV Route 47 runs beside the Little Kanawha River and the Hughes River. Fishing access for bank fisherman as well as canoes and kayak fisherman provides a lot of fishing opportunity. Muskie is the prized fish in these streams, but bluegill, bass, catfish, carp and other fish are present.
If you prefer a nice bike or even a horseback fishing trip, the place to go is to the Greenbrier River Trail. Running through the WV countryside in both Pocahontas and Greenbrier Counties, the Greenbrier River Trail provides great public access fishing along the trail. Smallmouth bass are the primary game fish in this WV stream but other fish are in abundance as well. Keep an eye out for the wide variety of wildlife in the area. Keep a camera handy in case you spot a Bald Eagle or Black Bear. Read more here.
These are 4 of the best places in WV that offer Public Access Fishing. In true fisherman fashion, I didn’t reveal this location. This site in WV has easy parking, little fishing pressure, and native and stocked trout. It is public access as well. But you’ll have to find this slice of WV heaven for yourself, cause I ain’t tellin’.
I did write an article about it though. Visit my Content Producer page and see if you can find it!