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WV & MD 2018 Trout stocking season begins

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The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will start the 2018 trout stocking season Jan. 02, 2018, according to Paul Johansen, chief of DNR Wildlife Resources Section. The 2018 stocking schedule contains several changes. The Greenbrier River in Pocahontas County at Marlinton and Howards Creek in Greenbrier County at White Sulphur Springs have been added to this year’s stocking schedule. DNR personnel will stock these two waters once a month January through April. Dunkard Fork Lake in Marshall County has been removed from the 2018 trout stocking schedule due to large amounts of debris on the shoreline and boat ramp.

“Debris not only makes shoreline fishing difficult, but also prevents stocking trucks from safely accessing the water to stock trout,” Johansen said. “Dunkard Fork Lake will continue to receive warm water fish stockings as needed.”

The North and South forks of Fishing Creek in Wetzel County will be stocked once a month February through May. These streams were inadvertently omitted from the 2018 fishing regulations. Anglers can call the Fishing Hotline at 304-558-3399 or visit the website at to find out which streams and lakes have been stocked each day.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will begin preseason stocking for the spring 2018 trout season as early as the end of December.The early trout stocking will now include several impoundments that will receive their annual allotments in a single stocking, which will provide greater fishing opportunities for anglers throughout the winter season.

“Preseason and spring stocking is an exciting time for anglers across the state,” Fishing and Boating Services Director Dave Blazer said. “With hundreds of thousands of trout being released, this provides a unique angling experience for anyone at any level.”

Department staff at the Albert Powell, Bear Creek and Mettiki hatcheries are raising about 308,000 brown, golden and rainbow trout for the upcoming spring season. More than 130 sites are scheduled to be stocked. Among them, weekly stocking will occur at Antietam Creek, Bear Creek, Lake Artemesia and South Branch Patapsco River at River Road. The stocking schedule and daily updates are available online. Printed versions of the schedule are available at the department’s regional service centers and license agents. Anglers can also receive stocking notifications and updates via email or by calling 800-688-3467.