Monongahela National Forest (WV) Angling Opportunities
| March 13, 2018

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Fishing is allowed on the Monongahela National Forest.  All West Virginia Division of Natural Resources regulations govern fishing on the Forest.

Whether you are an avid trout angler in pursuit of those colorful and elusive native brookies, the weekend angler seeking a high quality fishing experience, or a visitor just traveling through the area, the Monongahela National Forest is for you!

The Monongahela is home to 87 species of fish including a wide variety of game fishes and associated non-game fish species. With more than 900,000 acres of National Forest System lands that range in elevation between 1,425 feet and 4,863 feet above sea-level, the Monongahela offers a diversity of freshwater fishing experiences for everyone. You will find an assortment of aquatic habitats to explore and enjoy in the hundreds of miles of mountain streams and the more than 250 acres of man-made lakes on the Forest.

The Monongahela National Forest features more than 600 miles of coldwater streams that are inhabited year-round by native brook trout. These streams are prized for the vital habitat they provide in sustaining West Virginia’s only native trout. In addition, some trout streams on the Forest have become home to non-native rainbow and brown trout populations that are now wild and naturally reproducing.

Approximately 350 miles of stream on the Forest provide seasonal trout waters that transition exclusively into coolwater or warmwater fisheries as summer makes it way into the West Virginia highlands. Many of these streams are stocked during the fall, winter, and spring with hatchery raised rainbow, golden rainbow, brown, and brook trout by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to provide put-and-take trout fishing opportunities. The warmwater angler will especially enjoy honing their skill in streams such as the South Branch Potomac River and the Greenbrier River which offer some of the State’s best smallmouth bass waters.

Those that enjoy the relaxing tranquility of lake fishing will want to experience the 251 acres of man-made lakes that are distributed among 4 reservoirs nestled in the mountains across the Forest. Bass, bluegill, catfish, and trout are fair game for those that wish to explore the water’s depth beneath the mirrored images cast upon these lakes.

Whether it is trout or bass, lakes or streams, you are sure to discover your fishing interests on the Monongahela National Forest.


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