Seven lucky anglers who submitted photos with tagged trout will receive a West Virginia state park stay or Cabela’s prize package.
Gov. Jim Justice has announced the winners of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ second annual Monster Trout Contest.
“I want to congratulate our Monster Trout Contest winners for reeling in the catch of a lifetime and extend a special thank you to all of the anglers who went fishing this fall,” Gov. Justice said. “As a lifelong angler, I am so excited to see West Virginians, especially kids, get excited about the outdoors and enjoy our state’s incredible streams and exciting fishing opportunities.”
The seven lucky anglers each caught a tagged monster trout, which were stocked during the WVDNR’s two weeks of fall stockings in October. Those stockings included more than 35,000 pounds of trophy-size trout weighing 1-2 pounds and 6,500 pounds of monster trout weighing 3-6 pounds.
Anglers who caught a tagged monster trout had until Nov. 17 to submit a photo of their catch with the tag number to win a weekend cabin stay at a West Virginia state Park or Cabela’s prize package.
2023 West Virginia Monster Trout Contest Winners
- Jamie Holbrook, Hyndman, PA (Grand Prize Winner)
- James Moran, White Sulphur Springs, WV
- Louie Nickelson, Romney, WV
- Paul Phillips, Fairmont, WV
- Victoria Appold, Petersburg, WV
- Jeffrey Myers, Aurora, WV