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Little Beaver Fishing Derby ( Free Fishing Weekend)

June 12, 2021 – June 13, 2021 all-day
Little Beaver State Park
1402 Grandview Road
WV 25813

West Virginia’s Free Fishing Weekend is back this Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13.

During these two days, residents and non-residents are able to fish in West Virginia for free. The annual event gives novice and returning anglers the opportunity to fish without a license. The WVDNR participates in several activities during National Fishing and Boating Week and Free Fishing Weekend. A long-running youth fishing derby will take place on June 12 at Little Beaver State Park near Beckley.

This year, the Little Beaver kids fishing derby will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. The event gives children an opportunity to receive basic fishing instruction and to enjoy time outdoors with friends and family. The event is free to attend, but registration is required and will take place on-site from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the day of the derby.

More information about fishing in West Virginia is available online at and can also be found in the 2021 Fishing Regulations brochure, which is available online and at authorized Fishing License Agents.

Following the conclusion of West Virginia’s Free Fishing Weekend, anglers must have a valid fishing license to fish in West Virginia. To purchase a new license or to renew an existing license, visit