Fishing is a popular activity at Gauley River National Recreation Area. The Gauley River offers anglers the opportunity to catch trout, smallmouth bass, walleye, and muskellunge. With proper respect for the river and its resources and a few safety precautions, anglers can enjoy a quality fishing experience.
A Time to Fish
Catch and Release
All persons fishing in the park are required to have a West Virginia fishing license. Year long and 3-day tourist licenses are available at area sporting goods stores and bait shops.
For health and safety, anglers are advised to adhere to published West Virginia advisories for fish consumption. These are published annually in the fishing regulations (http://www.wvdnr.gov/Fishing/Fishing_regs.shtm) and can also be accessed separately from the entire regulation booklet (http://www.wvdnr.gov/Fishing/Regs14/Consumption_Advisory.pdf). The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has the same information available (http://www.wvdhhr.org/fish/Current_Advisories.asp), along with a little more background information (http://www.wvdhhr.org/fish/default.asp).
Did You Know?
The battle of Carnifex Ferry, fought on Tuesday, September 10, 1861, in the opening days of the Civil War, is said to have had a profound influence upon subsequent political and military history in West(ern) Virginia.