Changes are in store for anglers who fish for West Virginia’s stocked trout. Beginning on the second week of March 2019, stockings will take place Tuesday through Saturday instead of Monday through Friday. Steve McDaniel, director of the state Division of Natural Resources, said the change has a simple goal — to attract more people to the pastime of trout fishing.
“We’re in the hospitality industry as well as the fish-stocking industry,” said McDaniel, himself an avid angler. “We want people to come to our streams and lakes to fish. We think this change will encourage them to do that. The Saturday stockings went over very well. at some of the stockings, we had a couple of hundred people with their kids watching the trout get stocked.”
Those stockings were announced in advance, and many of them took place in or near state parks. McDaniel said this year’s schedule will largely adhere to the same format.
“We’ll announce some of the Saturday stockings to get people out there, mostly in and around state parks the first week of April during the Gold Rush,” he said.
Every spring, the DNR makes between 800 and 900 stocking runs, most of them unannounced. McDaniel said anglers got advance notice for roughly 100 stockings last year, and he expects a similar number this year.