In the Greenbrier Valley, there are countless stretches of the Greenbrier and Meadow rivers, their cool-water tributaries and even a 164-acre lake that deliver a great day on the water. With brown, rainbow and brook trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, muskie, catfish and carp, a big variety of promising options await.
Although you'll undoubtedly find your own favorite fishing holes, here are some general guidelines for a good head start.
For fly fishermen, Second Creek on the Greenbrier-Monroe County line, is designated Special Regulation Waters for fly-fishing only. Milligan Creek, stocked below the Herns Mill Covered Bridge in spring, is another favorite destination. If you’re a guest at The Greenbrier, you also have fly-fishing access along the 3 miles of Howard's Creek that meanders through the resort property.
Trout are found in the creeks that empty into the Greenbrier and Meadow rivers. Anthony Creek, north of Lewisburg in the Monongahela National Forest, has clear water, long runs, numerous blue-green holes and offers the advantage of being stocked regularly. Big Clear Creek, near Rupert, is swift and rocky but features several deep holes for holding fish.
While trout can occasionally be taken in the cooler stretches of the Greenbrier River, smallmouth bass are the usual objective. The river can be readily accessed from many points along the Greenbrier River Trail. Four sections with put-ins are also popular for half-day or full-day float-fishing trips: Anthony to Caldwell, Caldwell to Ronceverte, Ronceverte to Fort Spring, and Fort Spring to Alderson. Quiet stretches alternate with easy Class I and II rapids. Catfish and carp can be found in some of the deeper holes in more remote sections. The Meadow River, near Rainelle, offers smallmouth bass and the occasional muskie, the largest variety of pike.
Largemouth bass, the most popular sport fish in America, populate Lake Sherwood, in the Monongahela National Forest, about 18 miles north of White Sulphur Springs. For those who want to make an expedition of it, the lake offers boat rentals and swimming along with picnic and camping facilities.
The Mountain State is a freshwater angler's paradise, blessed with innumerable rivers, creeks and streams. Use the resources below to get the most out of your fishing adventure to the Greenbrier Valley.
Serenity Now Outfitters - Guided half and full day fly-fishing trips (wade fishing and float) are available at Serenity Now Outfitters, in downtown Lewisburg. Whether it’s trout, smallmouth bass or the elusive Musky, owner, Craig Miller knows exactly where to go to maximize your time catching with less time fishing. If you’re just looking for advice or a critical piece of gear, Craig can assist with that, too. He is a wealth of knowledge and enjoys sharing his insight on the area’s fishing opportunities. Click HERE for website. (www.serenitynowoutfitters.com)
Outdoor Adventures - Those in pursuit of the popular freshwater game fish, the smallmouth bass, Tracy Asbury and his team offer guided float fishing trips in the form of half, full and two-day excursions on the Greenbrier River. Their guides are adept in the art of spin fishing, fly fishing and wade-style fishing so whatever the season, your chances in landing the “big one” go up exponentially. Click HERE for website. (www.wvoutdooradventures.com)
WV FISHING LICENSE - Fishing in West Virginia requires a state license. Click HERE for information. (www.wvdnr.gov/fishing/license.shtm)
TROUT STOCKING - Click HERE to access West Virginia’s Division of Natural Resource website detailing the trout stocking schedules for all streams in the state. (www.wvdnr.gov/fishing/stocking.shtm)
For a map of the West Virginia and the streams that are stocked, click HERE. (www.mapwv.gov/huntfish/map.html#section=fishing)
White Sulphur Spring National Fish Hatchery - For a deeper understanding of our fresh water natural resources, the White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery has been in operation for over 100 years. Located on Route 60, just east of White Sulphur Springs, the hatchery is one of three primary brood stock stations in the country that specialize in rainbow trout. They ship over 8 million eggs annually to 13 states. They also raise freshwater mussels to help maintain water quality in streams and rivers. (www.fws.gov/northeast/wssnfh/)
General guidelines and local knowledge insight courtesy of Bill Turner. Photos courtesy of Outdoor Adventures and Serenity Now Outfitters.