How deep should a trout stream be?
For trout, plan on a depth of at least 5 to 7 feet, with a capacity of 50 to 500 gallons.
How fast do trout grow in streams?
Trout can be expected to grow about one inch in length per month during the spring and summer growing season in natural waters. Fed fish grow somewhat faster. Advanced fry (fish one or two inches in length) are cheaper but mortality losses are about 30 to 50 percent.
Can you trout fish at night in WV?
Night fishing is allowed, so you can practice your cast under the stars of Pocahontas County’s famous dark sky. Reminder: You’ll need a West Virginia license and trout stamp, along with a National Forest Stamp for some rivers.
What makes a good trout stream?
The perfect trout stream would be cool, stable and somewhat alkaline, with lots of green plants growing both in and around the water. It would have abundant insect life as well as plenty of hiding places for trout, and would have good spawning water nearby.
Will trout reproduce in ponds?
Yes, trout can spawn in lakes and ponds. Even in ones without inlet or outlet streams. The spawning success rate is low, but it is high enough to sustain populations of wild trout. Pond trout still try to seek out flowing water for spawning, this is usually a small tributary or even the outlet.
Will trout survive in a pond?
Trout live in water temperatures between 33° – 75°F, but grow most rapidly in water 50° – 65°F and are less susceptible to parasites and diseases. Ponds are unlikely to be this cool unless fed by springs or deep groundwater. Open water in winter may indicate the presence of these water sources.
Are stocked rainbow trout sterile?
Rainbow trout are a premier fish desired by anglers for recreational fishing in California. Rainbow trout are provided for recreational angling are now sterile triploid (PDF).
Is it legal to use bluegill as bait in WV?
Any legally possessed game fish may be used as bait when fished whole. Must comply with creel and length limits. The only game fish that can be used as cut bait are bluegill, sunfish, and bream.
Where are the best trout streams in West Virginia?
The North Fork Cherry is one of several West Virginia waters with both healthy trout populations and good public access. Beau Beasley photo A five-stop ticket through West Virginia trout streams.
Can you fish the Potomac River in West Virginia?
Though many anglers float the Potomac in Maryland and Virginia for smallmouth bass, there is excellent access for wading trout anglers off Route 28/55 in West Virginia. Here you’ll find a healthy mix of brown and rainbow trout, with the occasional brood stock brook trout.
Where can I Go Fly Fishing in West Virginia?
This lovely freestone trout stream near historic Lewisburg is one of only six spots in the Mountain State that offers a fly-fishing-only, catch-and-release section. Craig Miller, resident expert and owner of Serenity Now Outfitters (in Lewisburg), introduced me to it.
What are “Trout Waters”?
As part of its submission to the EPA circa 2007, the WV EPA submitted a list of 647 water bodies (almost all streams) designated as “trout waters”, i.e. as water which scientifically was determined to support populations of trout. That list is reproduced below and is contained in the database pictured above.