Man fishing in the river

Fishing & Hunting

Tucker County is a true outing for hunters and fishermen. Whether you’re a sharp shot or experiencing your first cast (and catch!), our pristine and plentiful rivers, streams, and forest will keep you satisfied.  Hunting takes place on three public properties which are listed below.  They are the Monongahela National Forest, Little Canaan Wildlife Management Area, and Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

Anglers know Tucker County as a hallmark for trout fishing.  The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources takes this to heart, their trout stocking program provides ample supply to our rivers and streams throughout the county, year round.  For the seasoned fisherman our fishing page details streams and access points throughout the county.  Easy fishing access points for the physically challenged can be found at the Thomas City Park fishing pier, Davis River Front Park, and Department of Natural Resources pier on Camp 70 road.  At the pinnacle of your fishing game?  Native Brook trout and the streams Brook Trout call home are elusive, yet obtainable in a few Tucker County Streams.  Red Run catch and release is a fly fishing only zone located off of Canaan Loop Rd. (FR 13), and is probably the only publicized location in Tucker County.  It is not that there are no other native Brook stream in Tucker County, it is now up to you to do the research and spend the time earning the right to catch such a cherished prize.  

**Be sure to bring your tackle box and gear needed, there is limited fishing equipment and bait available for sale in Tucker County.

The final option is one that will satisfy the first time angler.  Canaan Trout Ranch, located minutes south of Canaan Valley Resort, is a private lake stocked with trout for your angling and eating enjoyment.  CTR makes bait available for purchase and fly or spin rods are available to rent.  All you need is your enthusiasm and patience!   **Be sure to bring your tackle box and gear needed, there is limited fishing equipment and bait available for sale in Tucker County.

Cliff view looking out onto the valley

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