You can buy your West Virginia fishing license in person from an approved West Virginia fish and game license agent, but it is even easier to purchase your fishing license online from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Once you have your WV fishing license, you can start fishing for species like smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, northern pike or muskellunge.

There are different fishing license options available for residents and non-residents, so be sure to read through the descriptions or ask about the license types that can save you money over the long-term. Some states offer lifetime licenses that are a good option for avid anglers.

WV Fishing Regulations & Laws

West Virginia fish and game agents work for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and are responsible for enforcing the state fishing regulations. Without fishing regulations and laws, our fish populations would become endangered or depleted. Every angler is responsible for knowing the fishing laws, so check the current set of state regulations before each trip.

Help with Conservation Efforts

Are you wondering how you can help ensure that our fish populations stay healthy for future generations of anglers? One important way is to learn proper catch and release fishing techniques. Responsible anglers use the most appropriate types of tackle for the species they plan to target (incorporating the use of barbless or circle hooks whenever possible), and try to land fish quickly. If you want to take a photo of your fish before you release it, use wet hands and hold the fish horizontally.