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Licenses & Permits: Fishing

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West Virginia hunters and anglers are indebted to local landowners throughout the state. Without their consent and generosity, hunting and fishing would be restricted to state and federal lands. The opportunity for continued use of private property is largely dependent upon our attitudes and conduct. Most stream closures and "no trespassing" are the result of disrespect for private property.

Report stream pollution of fish kills toll-free: 1-800-642-3074
Report fish and game law violations toll-free: 1-800-638-4263 (1-800-NET-GAME)

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Fishing License not required for

(a) Residents who are totally blind.

(b) Residents 65 years of age or older. Such persons shall carry a WV driver's license or photo ID card issued by the D.M.V. while fishing.

(c) Nonresidents or residents under 15 years of age.

(d) Residents on active duty in the U.S. armed forces while on military leave. Leave papers shall be carried while fishing.

e) Resident landowners or their resident children, resident parents, or bona fide resident tenants of such land may fish on their own land during open seasons in accordance with the laws and regulations applying to such fishing.

(f) Residents permanently disabled in lower extremities. A Class Q (free) license must be carried while hunting or fishing.

(g) Residents honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces receiving total permanent service-connected disability benefits or former prisoners of war as determined by the Veterans Administration or resident disabled veterans who qualify under West Virginia Code §17A-10-8 and are exempted from payment of any motor vehicle registration fee by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.

(h) Residents or in-patients of any state mental hospital, health or benevolent institution.Such persons must be under proper supervision and carry a written statement or certificate signed by the superintendent of the institution or facility.

(i) Developmentally disabled residents. A DDFL card issued by the DNR must be carried while fishing.

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Point System for Fishing Violations

Persons making false application for a license will have their license privileges suspended for 1 year.

Points are assigned to individuals for other hunting and fishing violations:
  • 10 points for use of explosives or poison material in taking fish.
  • 6 points for illegal possession or sale of wildlife.
  • 4 points for all other violations.
When a violator accumulates 10 points his/her license(s) will be revoked for period of 2 years. Points will be removed on their second anniversary or upon restoration of the

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Consult the appropriate office below for further information on fishing or conservation laws.
Main Office
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, Charleston, WV 25305
Fisheries Management, Bert Pierce; Phone (304) 558-2771
Law Enforcement Lt. Col. William Daniel; Phone (304) 558-2784

District 1
1304 Goose Run Road, Fairmont, WV 26554; Phone (304) 367-2720
Fisheries Management, Frank Jernejcic
Law Enforcement, Lt. Jon Cogar

District 2
1 Depot Street, Romney, WV, 26757; Phone (304) 822-3551
Fisheries Management, Gerald Lewis
Law Enforcement, Lt. B.K. Chambers

District 3
Fisheries Management, Kevin Yokum
P.O. Box 38, French Creek, WV 26218; Phone (304) 924-6211
Law Enforcement, Capt. Kenneth Painter
P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241; Phone (304) 637-0245

District 4
2006 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV 25801; Phone (304) 256-6947
Fisheries Management, Jim Reed
Law Enforcement, Capt. Daniel Farley

District 5
Fisheries Management, Michael Hoeft
McClintic WMA, Rt. 1, Box 484, Pt. Pleasant, WV, 25550; Phone: (304) 675-0871
Law Enforcement, Capt. Steve Stewart
696 Winfield Rd, St Albans, WV 25177; Phone (304)759-0703

District 6
2311 Ohio Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26101; Phone (304) 420-4550
Fisheries Management, Scott Morrison
Law Enforcement, Capt. Ben Gragg

P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241; Phone (304) 637-0245
Asst. Chief, Mike Shingleton

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