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Don’t miss WV spring fish stockings


West Virginia fish hatcheries and fish stockings began in the late 1800s, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that larger hatcheries were built, and fish production and stocking began to increase. The purpose of the hatchery program is to provide gamefish for recreational angling opportunities. Without the hatchery program, many of the state’s waters would not sustain recreational sport fishing at the current level. This is especially true for most stocked trout waters due to increased temperatures during summer months that prevent fish from surviving year around.  
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