Summersville Lake is excellent for small mouth and large mouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, bluegill, walleye, and the occasional rainbow trout. The lake is clean, clear, deep and provides many rock cliffs, boulders and other cover - an excellent enviroment for fish to thrive. The tailwaters are also stocked bi-weekly in the fall with trout. Night fishing and using live minnows for bait is permitted. When fishing for walleye, bottom bouncing night crawlers, crank baits, or trolling is recommended. Catfish pursue chicken livers and bass tend to prefer plastic bait or top water plugs. Out on the lake, there is unlimited horsepower, but speeds are restricted in the no-wake zones.

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West Virginia offers a one day non resident fishing licesne for $3.00 available online at or at the local WalMart. 

Guided Fishing Trips are available at