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Favorite Fishing Waters


Best largemouth bass waters

Burnsville, Cheat, East Lynn, Bluestone, Sutton, R.D. Bailey, and Stonewall Jackson lakes; Ohio River backwaters, Elk Fork Lake, and Woodrum Lake.

Best smallmouth bass waters

Summersville and Tygart Lakes; New, Shenandoah, Greenbrier, Cacapon, South Branch of the Potomac, mainstream Potomac, Ohio River upstream of New Martinsville, Elk, and Little Kanawha rivers.

Best trout streams

Cranberry, Williams, South Branch of the Potomac near Franklin, North Fork of the South Branch, Shavers Fork of Cheat, and Elk River above Webster Springs.

Best musky waters

Middle Island Creek, Little Kanawha River, Buckhannon River, Elk River, Hughes River, South Fork Hughes River, Stonecoal Lake, Stonewall Jackson Lake, West Fork River, Burnsville Lake, Tygart River, Sandy Creek, Mud River, McElroy Creek, North Fork Hughes River, Dunkard Creek, Mill Creek, Pocatalico River, West Fork of the Little Kanawha River, and Leading Creek.

Best crappie waters

Bluestone, Burnsville, East Lynn, R.D. Bailey, Stonewall Jackson, Sutton, Summersville, and Tygart lakes.

Best walleye waters

Elk and lower Gauley rivers; Kanawha, Monongahela, and Ohio River dam tailwaters; Summersville, Tygart, Stonecoal, Jennings Randolph and R.D. Bailey lakes.

Best white bass waters

Ohio, Monongahela and Kanawha rivers; Tygart Lake.

Best hybrid striped bass waters

Ohio and Kanawha rivers; Beech Fork, Bluestone, East Lynn, and R.D. Bailey lake.

Best channel catfish waters

Bluestone, East Lynn, Burnsville, Stonecoal, Tygart, and Stonewall Jackson lakes; South Branch of the Potomac, Kanawha, New, and Ohio rivers.

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