Your Best Spring Fishing in West Virginia

Your Best Spring Fishing in West Virginia
Photo By Ron Sinfelt

There's never been a better time for spring fishing in West Virginia, so grab your favorite rod and reel and hit the water! Here are the places you won't want to miss for West Virginia muskie fishing and more.


Dunkard Creek


I recently received a call from Boone County's David White extolling the virtues of Dunkard Creek as a muskie factory.

"The muskie guys up here are all raving about the big muskies in Dunkard Creek, and there's good numbers of them, too," said White.  "They're talking about 40-inch-plus fish being available, and not all that many fishermen going after them."

Indeed, Dunkard Creek, which flows through Monongalia County, is probably the least publicized muskie stream in the Mountain State.  Part of the reason this is so is because the creek meanders through a rural part of the state and also because the stream only runs through West Virginia a relatively short time before entering Pennsylvania.

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If spring arrives just a tad early, the largemouth bass on East Lynn Lake may turn on this month.

The same holds true for the crappie on the Ohio River; concentrate your efforts in the backwaters.  The main channel likely won't be holding many papermouths.


Anthony Creek

Rainbow Trout

Craig Miller, who operates Serenity Now Outfitters in Lewisburg, has some fine special regulations trout nearby in the form of Second and Milligan creeks.  Yet every spring he tries to find time, he told me, to ply the waters of nearby Anthony Creek for rainbows.

This Greenbrier County stream boasts one of the premier put-and-take trout fisheries in the Mountain State, yet it attracts folks like Craig as well who prefer to fly fish it.  Anthony Creek is stocked once in January, twice in February, and once each week from March through May, so plenty of rainbows should be finning this upland creek come April.

Another appealing aspect of Anthony Creek is that much of the stream flows through the Monongahela National Forest.  I have fished the stream in the afternoon after hunting in the Monongahela for spring gobblers in the morning.

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Jennings Randolph Lake is another Mountain State body of water that comes under the underpublicized label, yet the spring walleye fishing can be quite fetching.

Summersville Lake's smallmouths start to move shallow, relatively speaking, this month, too.


Guyandotte River

Smallmouth Bass

Another underutilized stream that David White tells about is the Guyandotte River, which flows through both the southern and central regions of the state.

"The Guyandotte River is not a trophy stream like the New River or even the Greenbrier," he said.  "What's so good about the Guyandotte is that it has a lot of 8- to 15-inch smallmouths that are fairly easy to catch.  You won't have to deal with big rapids, either, like the ones on the New."

One aspect of the Guyandotte worth noting is that this stream becomes quite stained after just about any amount of rain.  Be sure to check the USGS website ( for current river levels before leaving on a trip.  Rising water often means unfavorable fishing conditions.

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The Williams River in Pocahontas County can have snow on its banks even in April, making May a prime time to visit for rainbows when the weather warms.

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