New trout stocking method taking place in WV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Starting this week, West Virginia is implementing a new method of stocking trout.

According to the Office of the Governor, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will stock the same amount of trout in the same locations, but will now spread them out over wider sections instead of stocking them all at one point.

“This is how our streams should be stocked, and this is how I want them stocked,” Governor Justice said. “It’s going to be a better fishing experience and it’s going to help bring anglers to West Virginia from all over the place.”

According to Jim Hedrick, DNR hatchery program manager, around one million trout are stocked in more than 200 lakes and streams in the state each year.

“With the governor’s plan, we now have one of the best stocking programs in the nation,” Hedrick said. “We stock bigger fish than anybody.”

To catch trout in the state, you must have a fishing license with a current trout stamp. Anglers 15 years old and older need to have a West Virginia fishing license and a valid form of identification while fishing.