Rainbows, Brookies and Tigers, oh my!


GRAFTON—Governor Jim Justice announced previously that the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) was going to stock unique tiger trout in lakes and streams around the state for the first time in decades. The tiger trout was stocked at the beginning of April and will continue throughout May.
He expressed the uniqueness of the tiger trout that are being provided as just one of the latest opportunities for anglers in the state. Governor Justice explained how he hopes more opportunities like this will be coming to WV.
All West Virginians have been encouraged to get out and fish the streams and lakes for the 2021 summer. Getting outdoors is always a great way to relive some stress, have fun, or simply keep up with your hobby.
During the month of April, throughout WV, lakes and streams were stocked with the tiger trout, and as pictured, some anglers are beginning to catch the rare trout already.
May will see the second stocking wave for the one-of-a-king fish in WV lakes and streams. Through the project, the WVDNR will be stocking an estimated 25,000 tiger trout.
As a reminder, the tiger trout are a cross between a brook trout and a brown trout. The unique tiger strips are what give the trout their unique name. The fish were raised at the WVDNR hatcheries, and some of have grown to trophy size.
The WVDNR has worked very hard to make the tiger trout stockings possible throughout the great state of WV, please go out and enjoy the rare experience. Be sure to check the WVDNR website for more hatchery details and possible new stockings.  
As always, a WV fishing license will be required for the rare tiger trout occasion. The license must include a current trout stamp and anglers will need to carry with them a valid form of identification. Be sure to check out wvdnr.gov for a list of rules and regulations.
The Mountain Statesman would like any anglers who catch one of these rare fish in our lakes or streams to submit a photo to us. You can submit your tiger trout photo to [email protected] or drop the photo off/mail photo in at 914 W. Main St, Grafton.
To those lucky enough to reel in these beautiful tiger trout, congratulations on your catches!

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