Fishing near Middle Ridge Campground Near Romney, West Virginia

Fishing near Middle Ridge Campground Near Romney, West Virginia
Middle Ridge Campground is in Romney, West Virginia, the oldest town in the state. The campground is centrally located to many outdoors activities, not the least of which is eagle watching in winter. There is also a railroad that makes trips through the valley. The Short Mountain Wildlife Management Area has miles of marked trails, along with creeks and small lakes for fishing. The South Branch River, a tributary of the Potomac River, is nearby and provides ample fishing opportunities.

Middle Ridge Campground

Middle Ridge Campground is a privately owned facility with 21 RV sites and primitive camping areas. It is in the midst of "The Trough," which is a valley carved out by the South Branch of the Potomac River near Romney. The Short Mountain Wildlife Management Area is 15 miles away and has stocked streams and ponds with trout. The campground itself has two ponds that are available for fishing. Trout, walleye and bass can be caught there.

Middle Ridge Campground
Middle Ridge Road
Romney, WV 26757
304-822-8020
middleridgecampground.com

Eagles Nest Outfitters

Eagle's Nest Outfitters is based in Petersburg, 20 miles south, but its trips ply the waters of the South Branch, which goes by Romney. This business has many trips available, whether it's for a pleasure cruise or a serious fishing trip.

The unique aspect of Eagles Nest Outfitters is that the guides are not just giving transportation, but also they give coaching and lessons on fishing, depending on how much you want or need. They will take you to fishing spots and coach you along the way, making the most of your fishing adventure. This includes trout streams and bass fishing on the South Branch River.

Trips can be booked from 6 hours to seven days. The multiday trips include lodging and meals along the way. Eagles Nest has many trips planned to choose from, or you may design your own with their guides.

Eagle's Nest Outfitters
Route 220 N. and Route 55
Petersburg, WV 26847
304-257-2393
eaglesnestoutfitters.com‎

Edwards Run Lake

Edwards Run Lake is just a few miles from Romney and is a man-made lake for public fishing. The lake can be reached from County Road 15, north of the Capon Bridge near Romney. The pond has an average depth of 6 feet. Boating is not allowed, and the use of live minnows for bait is prohibited.

The pond, along with 1.5 miles of streams north of the pond, are stocked with brook or brown trout in February, and then bi-weekly March through May. The stream is designated by the state as a catch-and-release area.
The pond is drained each summer as plants get out of hand and are a nuisance to anglers. It is in a wildlife management area. A fishing license is needed, but a federal trout stamp is not necessary.

Edwards Run Public Fishing Area
1 Depot St.
Romney, WV 26757
304-822-3551
wvdnr.gov/fishing/public_access.asp?county=Hampshire&point=I35&type=Lakes

Article Written By James Jordan

James Jordan has been a writer and photographer since 1980. He has worked for newspapers in Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Kansas, winning state press association awards for writing, photography and page design. In 1995 he received his master's in Christian education and completed two years of Ancient Greek at the graduate level. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.

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