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Your Guide to Fishing for the First Time in Almost Heaven


Are you a first-time angler in West Virginia? Get started by purchasing your West Virginia fishing license. The easiest way to purchase your West Virginia fishing license is by simply purchasing it online. All anglers age 15 and older are required to have a fishing license and licenses are good for the calendar year. Get hooked by catching bass, catfish, trout, walleye, and much more.

Your list of fishing gear is always going to vary on the weather, time of year, and the destination. If you are traveling with friends or a local guide, it is always best to consult with them on specific gear needs before your trip. However, if you’re just looking for the basics, here’s a helpful list that outlines gear almost every great angler needs.

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