The West Virginia DNR will stock trout in selected streams and lakes during the month of December, according to Paul Johansen, chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section.
"We have surplus trout and stocking them in December will reduce crowding at our hatchery facilities," Johansen said. "This will result in bigger and healthier fish for the regularly scheduled 2017 stocking season."
DNR personnel started stocking the week of Dec. 5-9, 2016. The December stocking was composed of rainbow trout slightly smaller than anglers commonly catch during the regular stocking season. Recent rains have resulted in excellent stream flows throughout the state and the stocking will provide early winter fishing opportunities before the January and February stockings.
Anglers can call the Fishing Hotline at 304-558-3399 or visit the DNR's website at www.wvdnr.gov to find out which streams and lakes have been stocked each day.