Hawk’s Nest Lake, West Virginia Fishing

Location and Information: Covering 250 acres, Hawk’s Nest Lake is notable for being a reservoir of the New River in Fayette County, West Virginia. According to the state’s Department of Natural Resource, “the lake can be reached by aerial tramway from Hawks Nest Lodge to the marina at the bottom of the New River Gorge.”

Constructed in 1936, the lake has an average depth of 25 feet with a maximum depth of 60 feet. Amenities include a boat ramp and and boat rental. Anglers should note that despite its size, shore fishing opportunities on the lake are limited.

Camping and night fishing are permitted, as is the use of live minnows as bait. The lake does not carry a horsepower restriction for motors.

Hawk’s Nest Lake Fishing Map

Hawks Nest State Park Fishing Map

Popular Fishing Species List:

According to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Hawk’s Nest Lake is loaded with some of the most popular freshwater fish species in the state. As a mid-sized fishery for the Mountain State, the lake offers quality fishing throughout the year. So, what type of fish are in Hawk’s Nest? Unlike many other lakes throughout the state, the lake does not receive trout stocking in the Spring or the Fall. Fortunately, it does provide excellent fishing opportunities for other species, including carp, catfish, hybrid striped bass, sunfish, rock bass, channel catfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, and flathead catfish.

Hawk’s Nest Lake Fishing Videos

Marinas on this Lake

While there is no marina on this lake, visitors will have access to plenty of amenities at Hawk’s Nest State Park.

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Premier Angler aims to provide general information about some of the top fishing destinations across the country. To ensure up-to-date accuracy, make sure to check with your state’s natural resources department and your local marinas before hitting the water.