How to Become a Fishing Guide in West Virginia

Stonewall Jackson Lake Fishing

The state of West Virginia issues a General Outfitters and Guide License.


  • Outfitter & Guide License application form
  • Surety bond form
  • Verification of liability insurance
  • West Virginia DNR insurance and bond information form (your insurance company can help you with insurance and bonding)
  • A copy of your First Aid Certification card, and the license fee payment of $10.00 in the form of a check or money order made payable to DNR Law Enforcement
  • If you intend to use motorized boats to guide trips, any boat guide(s) born after December 31, 1986 must obtain a Boater Education Certificate, available through each DNR district office. This does not apply if you have a Federal Commercial Boater Operator's License.
  • Fee for Outfitter & Guide License is $10

Application Submission

PDF West Virginia Outfitter and Guide Application

Mail your completed application to:

West Viriginia DNR Law Enforcement Section
Room 125
324 4th Avenue
South Charleston, WV  25303


West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Building 74
324 Fourth Ave
South Charleston, WV  25303
(304) 558-2758

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