The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ 2013 fall trout stocking will take place during the weeks of Oct. 14 (Monday, Oct. 14 is a state holiday) and Oct. 21, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the DNR’s Wildlife Resources Section.
Approximately 32,000 pounds of trout will be stocked during the two-week period in 25 streams and nine lakes as indicated in the 2013 fishing regulations. Brood trout will make up about 20 percent of the total poundage.
Without additional rainfall over the next couple of weeks, flows are likely to be low and clear, and anglers will have to use their best angling skills to be successful.
“This is a great time of year to enjoy trout fishing because of the fall foliage and cool temperatures,” Taylor said. “In some areas outdoorsmen can make a full day of it by hunting in the morning and fishing in the afternoon.”
All construction work at New Creek Dam 14 in Grant County has been completed and the lake will be stocked with trout this fall.
Anglers should be aware that the U.S. Forest Service has closed an access road and campground at Rock Cliff Lake in Hardy County and the lake is not expected to be stocked unless the road is reopened during the next two weeks.
Campgrounds have been closed on the national forests and at U.S. Army Corps of Engineer lakes, but camping is available at state parks, forests and wildlife management areas (www.wvstateparks.com, click “Lodging and Camping;” www.wvdnr.gov, Hunting, click “Wildlife Management Areas”).
Beginning Oct. 15, anglers should check the DNR’s trout stocking web page (www.wvdnr.gov, Fishing, and click “Trout Stocking”) for any changes or new information as it becomes available and for daily trout stocking reports. They also can call the fishing hotline at 304-558-3399 to find out which streams and lakes have been stocked each day.