Fishing in Northern Pocahontas County

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July 13, 2020

There are many great fishing opportunities in northern Pocahontas County, especially for trout. Durbin sits at the confluence of the East and West Forks of the Greenbrier River, with all three waterways featuring numerous quality catches. The East Fork is stocked with trout regularly from January to May, while the river south of town is stocked from February to May. The river is also home to a variety of warm-water fish that you’re more likely to find in the summer, such as smallmouth bass. The river can be both waded and floated with multiple access points.

To the west lies Shavers Fork, another popular river with trout fishermen in the state. This river is stocked from January to May. However, it is also stocked twice in October. The river holds trout year-round, but the best opportunities to fish are in the spring and fall. The river also includes a catch-and-release section that is quite popular with fly fishermen. The river is best accessed by wading, and some foot travel may help you find lonely, peaceful stretches of water.

Those looking to fish stillwater in the area can head east to Lake Buffalo. Trout are stocked in the lake from February through May and twice in October. The 22-acre body of water also holds a limited number of freshwater fish, such as smallmouth bass and sunfish. Night fishing is also permitted for those who are looking for catfish. The river can be fished from the bank or by boat, but only electronic motors are allowed. Along with these rivers and lakes are numerous other creeks and runs found in the Monongahela National Forest and near the Durbin area. Check the regulations for the places you’re heading to and get out and explore some new places; you’ll never know what you might find.

To fish in the state of West Virginia, one must carry a valid fishing license and a Trout Stamp if you expect to encounter any trout. More information on licensing and regulations can be found here:


While there are numerous variables that factor into how hard the fishing can be, none of these areas are very tough fisheries. Shavers Fork may be a better place for someone with less experience, while Buffalo Lake is a great place to take the kids and get a line wet while enjoying the great outdoors. If you are planning to wade, remember to use caution and, if possible, avoid felt-soled shoes as they transfer invasive species from place to place.

What to bring

A valid fishing license, a fishing pole, and tackle are all a must. Generally speaking, bright-colored lures work well on bright days, and dark-colored lures on dark days. Scented lures are also productive where legal. Waders will help get you into a lot more areas as will a reliable vehicle. Remember to pack water, food, maps, and, if needed, a GPS; many areas of West Virginia have poor cell reception depending on your provider, so be prepared. How to get there: All of these areas can be accessed by vehicle in less than a half-hour.

Coordinates to Buffalo Lake: 38°31’52.2″N 79°42’06.3″W Coordinates to the West Fork of the Greenbrier River: 38°34’17.6″N 79°49’28.7″W Coordinates to the East Fork of the Greenbrier River: 38°32’54.6″N 79°45’40.2″W Coordinates to Shavers Fork: 38°36’41.8″N 79°52’29.5″W Coordinates to the Greenbrier River below Durbin: 38°32’14.0″N 79°50’02.4″W