Pristine Waters. Peaceful Tranquility. West Virginia is a true paradise for anglers.

Almost Heaven provides incredible fishing opportunities for all anglers. From the pristine waters of Summersville Lake to the scenic Cranberry River, fishing in West Virginia is unlike anywhere else. Here, not only can you go on once-in-a-lifetime fishing adventures, but you also get to experience the amazing beauty of the state at the same time. You’ll never forget the memories made on fishing trips in West Virginia.


Sutton Lake

Sutton Lake is not only beautiful and peaceful, it’s also a great place to fish for bass and crappie. In fact, Sutton Lake is a popular location for bass tournaments. While at Sutton Lake, boaters and anglers can explore 44 miles of shoreline and discover hundreds of coves.

Summersville Lake

As the state’s largest lake and also one of the most beautiful places in the state, Summersville Lake is an ideal place for all anglers. The lake includes 2,700 acres of water, 60 miles of shoreline and a variety of aquatic life including bass, walleye, catfish, bluegill, sunfish and musky. Summersville Lake is also a great place to enjoy the lake life and lake activities such as scuba diving thanks to its clean, clear water.

Plum Orchard Lake

A tranquil and picturesque setting, Plum Orchard Lake is perfect for anglers looking for peace and quiet as well as a chance to catch largemouth bass and bluegill. At Plum Orchard Lake, anglers can truly sit back and relax amongst scenic beauty, as well catch some incredible fish.

Bluestone Lake

Bluestone Lake is 2,040 acres of lake adventure fun. In fact, Bluestone Lake is a mecca for all things outdoor recreation. The lake has public boat launches available and fishing boats, pontoon boats, kayaks canoes are available to rent at Bluestone Marina. Bluestone Lake is a prime bass, catfish, crappie and bluegill fishing spot.

Stonewall Jackson Lake

Scenic Stonewall Jackson Lake is known for its muskellunge, crappie and bass fishing, and the lake also receives annual trout stockings. While here, make gorgeous Stonewall Resort State Park your home base. At Stonewall Resort, boat and slip rentals are available as well as kayak, canoe and stand-up paddle board sessions.


Cranberry River

Named for the cranberry bogs that follow along its course, the mighty Cranberry River flows through the Monongahela National Forest. The Cranberry River is known for having some of the finest trout streams in the eastern United States. Here, anglers can catch brown, brook, rainbow and golden trout. The Cranberry River is also a perfect destination for fly fishing.

Greenbrier River

The 173-mile Greenbrier River is a tributary of the New River and is one of the longest rivers in the Mountain State. Known for its incredible smallmouth fishing, popular fishing spots include the colder waters of the river above the town of Marlinton for bass as well as downstream in the warmer waters where the river is flat with deep pools. Anglers have been able to catch rock bass, catfish and more on the Greenbrier River.

Shenandoah & Potomac Rivers

Both the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers are prime fishing spots thanks to the rivers healthy populations of tiger muskies, largemouth bass and walleye. For fly fishermen, the South Branch of the Potomac River is known for having some of the best fly fishing in the nation and is great place to catch trout.


Second Creek

Located in the beautiful New River – Greenbrier Valley region of the Mountain State, Second Creek is an incredible trout stream that is easy to wade and allows anglers a chance to catch brown trout as well as rainbow trout if they’re lucky. Fun fact: Second Creek is one of six state spots designated for fly-fishing only.

Seneca Creek

Nestled in the gorgeous Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest, Seneca Creek is the perfect remote location for some serious fly fishing. At Seneca Creek anglers can catch rainbow trout as well as northern strain brook trout.

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This post was last updated on March 2, 2022