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Get A Fishing License In West Virginia

West Virginia

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West Virginia
License Type Resident Prices Non-Resident Prices
Annual $19.00 $37.00
Trout Stamp $10.00 $16.00
Conservation Stamp $5.00 $13.00
1-Day Fishing N/A $3.00

West Virginia provides some of the most extensive information and tracking data for anglers of any state. They provide fish counts and population estimates. They also release stocking schedules, which help anglers know exactly when the best time to visit the various lakes and rivers will be.

Anglers age 14 and younger are not required to carry a fishing license, while youth ages 15-17 receive discounted rates but are required to have their license on hand at all times.

The trout fishing stamp goes to help with stocking costs and to maintain the environment around the trout. That way, West Virginia can ensure that there will be plenty of trout in the state to meet angler demand for years and generations to come.

The required conservation stamp serves a similar purpose, supporting the conservation efforts throughout the state. That includes staffing and law enforcement costs, the costs of environmental repair and maintenance, and the cost of ongoing environmental projects that protect the natural environments of West Virginia.

Even considering young anglers have to start carrying a license sooner here than in many states, West Virginia is one of the most affordable and enjoyable states in the union for fishermen.

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