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West Virginia Popular Fish Species

The New River offers a variety of fishing opportunities as well as some real trophy fishing potential. Largemouth bass, spotted bass, and small mouth bass (called black bass) are all found in the New River. Smallmouth bass are, by far, the most abundant of these black bass in the river.

March, April, and May are the top months to catch trophy-smallmouth bass from the river, but a good number of trophy "smallies" are also caught in July, August, and September.

Techniques that produce these large smallmouth bass include fishing nightcrawlers, soft plastics, and top water lures in the summer months. Anglers should do well year-round with any bait that mimics crayfish, which are smallmouth's preferred prey. During summer months, buzz baits worked around downed trees or weedbeds (particularly water willows) often produce strikes from lunker smallmouths.


The muskie is the largest game fish found in the New River. They are stocked throughout the entire New River from North Carolina to West Virginia. Young muskie eat primarily shiners (a small minnow), mid-size muskie feed on rock bass and sunfish, and the largest fish mainly feed on suckers. Although a muskie is an opportunistic feeder and will eat almost anything. Anglers have a much greater impact on the smallmouth population than do the muskie.

Catching a muskie can be a real challenge. It can take many, many casts to hook into one of these "toothy critters" but the excitement of fighting one is well worth the effort. Good numbers of muskie can be found near every boat landing and in the river reaches in-between. Large crankbaits, jerkbaits, and in-line bucktail spinners are all good baits for muskie.


We know more about the New River walleye population than ever before thanks to a graduate research project conducted in the late 1990's. This Virginia Tech study, also funded by the VDGIF, identified a genetically unique native walleye population in Claytor Lake and the upper New River above the lake. Despite stockings of other genetic strains since the 1930's, this native strain has continued to reproduce, but in very low numbers.

Since completion of the study, efforts have been made to protect and enhance the native walleye fishery through selective broodstock collection and fingerling production at hatcheries in Virginia and West Virginia. The DNR has stock over 61,000 native fingerling walleye and more than 600,000 baby walleye into the New River from 2000 through 2003. No other genetic strains of walleye have been stocked in Claytor Lake or the river since 1996.

Walleye fishing in the New River is best during the winter months and peaks from February through May during the walleye spawning season. The current West Virginia state record in 2004 30.87inches and weighed18.97 pound come out if the Elk River. In 1976 a 35.0inch 15.0 pound was caught in the New River below Kanawha Falls. Small jigs tipped with minnows, plastic grubs, and minnow type jerkbaits are all effective walleye baits.


All sections of the Upper New River have populations of flathead and channel catfish. Good areas to fish for catfish downstream from Bluestone Lake include the river just below Sandstone Falls and continue truogh the New River Gorge in Fayette County


Panfish typically caught from the river include redbreast sunfish, bluegill, and rock bass. Rock bass are found in the highest numbers, but their sizes vary between areas of the river. Many of the major tributaries of the New River provide an opportunity to catch numerous sunfish in solitude. Some of these streams are primarily on private lands, anglers should ask streamside landowners for permission to fish them.

West Virginia is a state that is well known for its natural beauty and outdoor activities. Anglers from all over the world pick West Virginia because of its’ great rivers, streams, and lakes. Not only are there plenty of fish to catch the scenery alone is worth the trip. Fishing with a West Virginia fishing guide is the optimal way to fish here because a good guide will show you the best spots to catch fish. For the ultimate fishing experience, hire a professional guide. A good guide will know the fishery inside out and have mastered the best techniques for catching fish at all times of the year. Along with the success you achieve on a guided trip, you will learn a lot from your guide which you can use over your lifetime of fishing. Determine your goals and hire a fishing guide to enhance your West Virginia fishing experiences. More West Virginia Fishing Information here ...

While You Are Here: West Virginia Attractions & Information Resources

New River Gorge National River National Park

A rugged, white water river, flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. The park encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities. Visit

Summersville Lake in West Virginia

Discover Summersville Lake, one of the most picturesque lakes in the country with sheer cliff walls jutting up from calm clear waters. Located just 20 miles north of Fayetteville, WV and the New River Gorge Adventure Resort, Summersville Lake offers a beach, marina, pontoon boat and Jet Ski rentals, and scuba diving to an underwater town. It's a perfect compliment to your rafting vacation. Find out more :

Sarge’s Dive Shop / Summersville Lake Marina

Sarge's Dive Shop offers West Virginia's premiere scuba diving in Summersville Lake; the cleanest, clearest freshwater lake east of the Mississippi River. Sarge's Dive Shop also provides NAUI scuba certification classes and lessons, scuba, swimming & snorkeling charters, and lake tours. Our diving season runs from mid-May through mid-September. Let Sarge's bid on all of your scuba equipment and training needs. Sarge's Dive Shop is located at Summersville Lake Marina on Summersville Lake in Nicholas County, West Virginia. Call 304-872-1331 for more information and reservations.

Summersville Lake Retreat

Summersville Lake Retreat provides the perfect place to jump off of the map as you plan your next adventure... with your choice of the many clean, well-equipped rental boats available in our fleet, what will your “Escape to the Lake” be? Visit

Hiking Trails in Fayetteville, Cunard, Thurmond and Lansing, WV

The New River Gorge hiking trail are some of the most beautiful trails in West Virginia. The trails in Southern WV spiral down among the boulders and forestry in combination with its flats, offering some of the most spectacular natural formations and overlooks with views of miles of mountains. Waterfalls, ghost towns, and spectacular cliffs accentuate the peaceful scenery of the easy to difficult hiking trails.

Jet Boat at Hawks Nest State Park

Located within Hawks Nest State Park, this tour is the best way to obtain views of the New River Gorge in a variety of ways. Your trip will include a scenic Canyon Rim Tram Ride down to the river where you will then climb aboard “Miss M. Rocks” jet boat and travel upstream toward the New River Gorge Bridge. This is good for all ages and safe for most medical conditions. Hawks Nest State Park also offers a variety of other activities including hiking, a nature center, and swimming. /

Theatre West Virginia - Grandview State Park

Outdoor theatrical dramas at beautiful Grandview State Park in Beckley, WV. Performances have included HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, the tale of the infamous Appalachian feud; HONEY IN THE ROCK, the nation's oldest Civil War drama; and more shows. Shows run alternate nights, Tues - Sun 8:15 pm, June - Aug. Learn more: by calling 800-666-9142.

Mystery Hole in Ansted, WV

See the laws of gravity defied in the mysterious chambers beneath the small roadside gift shop. A West Virginia cultural icon. Learn more: or calling 304-658-9101.

Tamarack: the Best of West Virginia

No visit to West Virginia would be complete without a trip to Tamarack located in Beckley, WV. Here you will find a wide range of works created by artisans from all over the mountain state. It truly is a wonderful collection of West Virginia's finest. Tamarack features live demonstrations of many artisans and a theater with scheduled performances and films. You'll also find gourmet food, free travel information, a Post Office and ATM with easy access to I77. Don't miss this stop! Admission is free. Visit 1-88-TAMARACK.

WV Golf Resort

Set in the stunning beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, our three 18-hole championship golf courses combine the best of approachability and challenges. Consistently ranked among the top 5 golf courses in the state, Glade Springs boasts of some of the country's finest championship layouts.

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine

This National Historical Site features a 35-minute riding tour conducted by experienced coal miners. You'll go underground on a man-trip car pulled by a battery powered locomotive. Witness primitive to modern mining techniques. Gift shop & snack bar. Learn more:

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

156 acres. Picnicking, hiking trails, museum, game courts & playground. Minutes from Summersville Dam & Lake. Learn more: or call 304-872-0825.

Babcock State Park

This beautiful state park offers 4,127 acres of tranquil, beautiful West Virginia outdoors. With its fast flowing, boulder filled trout stream and 19acre fish filled Boley Lake, Babcock is perfect for the fishermen at heart. Among fishing, Babcock offers a variety of other recreation including: horseshoes, volleyball, tennis, basketball, lodging, hiking, horseback riding, and swimming. You can even rent Paddleboats, Rowboats, and Canoes at the lake. Learn more about

Thurmond Depot

If you or your children like trains and would like to learn the local history of trains and coalmines in Southern West Virginia, then the Thurmond Depot is the perfect destination for you. Visit the restored passenger train station and take a tour through the museum operated by the National Park Service. Visit

Kirkwood Winery & Isaiah Morgan Distillery

Kirkwood Winery and Isaiah Morgan Distillery. Locally owned & operated and located in Summerville, WV, serving Nicholas and surrounding counties. Shirley & Brenda Morris, General Manages. Featuring Berry & Fruit wines. Learn more by calling 304-872-7332.

Daniel Vineyards

Located in Crab Orchard, WV, Daniel Vineyards offers wine tasting, sales, & tours. World class wines. Blueberries for picking. 4 venues for meetings, weddings, reunions, etc. Elegant setting. Mon. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun. 1 – 6 p.m. Exit 42 off I-64/77, Turnpike. Spring Wine Festival, 3rd weekend in June. Major credit cards. Learn more about by calling 304-252-9750; 877-378-1990

New River Antique Mall & Village Shoppes

Downtown Fayetteville, WV Furniture, quilts, glassware, pottery, primitives, coins, comics, etc. Featuring 9 village gift shops with candles, crafts & giftware.

Canyon Rim Gifts

Located at the New River Gorge Bridge - Lansing, WV Souvenirs & gifts: T-shirts, hats, Fenton Glass, coal, moccasins, collectibles. Snack bar & fudge shop. Located at New River Gorge Bridge, opposite Visitors Center. Free postcard. Open 9 am to dusk. 304-574-3818

The Gallery at Studio B - Fayetteville, WV

Located at 101 South Court St Offers large selection of local artwork, pottery, jewelry, photography, wine, unique gifts and more. 304-574-9100

New River Bike & Touring Company

Located at 103 Keller Ave, Fayetteville, WV Offers rentals, tours and shuttles for small groups. Bicycles, skateboards, parts & accessories. Clothing, shoes, helmets and more. Learn more about. 304-574-2453

Water Stone Outdoors

Located at 101 East Wiseman Ave, Fayetteville, WV Description: A full-line outdoor store, offering the latest in gear & clothing for today's recreational fun hog...climbing, hiking, camping, caving, sunglasses, knives, sandals, shoes, boots, etc. Located in downtown Historic Fayetteville. Major credit cards. Learn more about Water Stone Outdors by calling 304-574-2425, or vising their website at

The Raleigh County Memorial Airport

Offers ompetitive commercial transportation opportunities and affordable options for private pilots.

Yeager Airport

(CRW) 304-344-8033 Visit

Competitive airfares to destinations throughout the world and nonstop flights to ten major cities, Yeager Airport strives to make the travel experience convenient and hassle free. Convenient parking within walking distance of the terminal and security lines with short waiting times makes Yeager Airport one of the most passenger friendly airports in the nation.

A short drive from downtown Charleston and just a few minutes from the intersection of three major interstates, Yeager Airport is a breeze to get to. With service provided by AirTran, American, Delta Airlines, Continental Airlines, Northwest Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways, you are just one stop from thousands of destinations worldwide.

Wild Blue Adventure Company

304-574-1150 Visit

Wild Blue offers tours over the New River Gorge in an open cockpit WWII Biplane. Experience flight as in the Golden Era of aviation with a custom tailored flight. Do you want to experience the beauty of West Virginia on a gentle scenic tour while listening to the whistle of wind through the flying wires? See what it really felt like to dive down and loop-and-roll to outmaneuver your enemy in aerial combat? Our goal is to make your once-in-a-lifetime dream come true. Get ready. Join up! Fly the Gorge

Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Park

304-683-9240 Visit Website

Go from beginner to adrenaline junkie in 60 seconds! ATVs, side-by-sides, guides, zip line racing. We set everything up... you just bring your group and a smile.

Lost World Caverns

866-228-3778 |

Descend 120 feet below the Earth's surface into a vast wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. Lost World Caverns, discovered in 1942, is a truly magical place for both young and old.

Winterplace Ski Resort

800-607-SNOW (7669) | Visit

The most accessible, affordable ski resort in the southeast

The Confluence

Come and experience Fayette County, West Virginia at it's very finest. The Confluence Resort is a wilderness vacation destination located on 300 spectacular acres bordering The Gauley River National Recreation Area with direct access to both the Gauley and Meadow rivers.

River Rock Retreat

The River Rock Retreat offers a Simple, Clean and Comfortable home style stay for you, your family and friends.We can easily accommodate larger groups, with additional beds, camping space and a full kitchen for nightly rental.


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