Guided Float Fishing Trips in the New River Gorge

Experience the best float fishing in West Virginia

Float Fishing in a raft

Float Fish Our Rivers in a Raft

The New River Gorge National River in southern West Virginia is one of the top smallmouth fishing rivers in the Eastern United States. This protected 53 mile section of river meanders through a beautifully forested canyon, and float fishing is without a doubt the angler's best means of accessing this amazing resource.

From early spring until late autumn, the New River is abundant with smallmouth, Kentucky spotted bass, rock bass, catfish, crappie and bluegill, with trophy smallmouth bass being the most plentiful.

Guests on our full day New River fishing trips will float anywhere from 5 to 15 miles of river (depending on water levels) and explore a wide variety of smallmouth habitat. Having fished this section of river all of our lives, we are confident that we can help you make the most of your float fishing experience in West Virginia.


  • Half Day Fishing - $325 for a 2-person trip
  • Full Day Fishing - $425 for a 2-person trip
  • 2-Day Overnight - $525 per person (minimum of 4)
  • Free Lance Fishing and Guide Service provides lunches
  • Open face rod & reel rental - $10
rafts: fishing boats

Custom Guided Fishing Trips

We also fish the Gauley, Greenbrier, Elk, Meadow. These rivers are not fished, privately or commercially due to the inaccessibility or backwoods location. Shuttles in and out can be difficult due to the steep West Virginia mountainsides.

We offer these trips for fisherman wanting to experience a West Virginia adventure far superior to the average fishing trip. These trips typically are run during the Spring time due to the higher Spring water levels.

Additional charge of $50 per boat to accommodate the additional travel time and expenses involved in these unique expeditions.

The 3-hour Tour

Short on time? Interested in something a little shorter than a half or full day? We have a trip for you! Float fish in a raft under the world-famous New River Gorge Bridge (when river levels allow, call for details) Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and fun of fishing without the long-term commitment.

New River Waters Fishing

Gauley River Wilderness Float Fishing Trips

The Gauley River flows from its source high in the West Virginia Appalachian Mountains. It runs cold, clean and clear, and provides the angler with an entirely different fishing experience than that of the New River. The Gauley is stocked regularly at the base of Summersville Dam, and is a popular destination for trout fishermen, but few people take advantage of the amazing float fishing opportunities available downstream.

gauley river fishing

The 26 mile section of river known as the Gauley River National Recreation Area is a steep and rugged canyon and provides very little access to the onshore fisherman. After floating past the anglers at the dam's tailwaters, it is likely that you will have the fish all to yourself as you take in the pristine beauty of this amazing wilderness canyon.

Gauley River Fishing Prices:

  • Full Day Fishing - $475 for a 2-person trip
  • 2-Day Overnight - $550 per person (minimum of 4)
  • Freelance Fishing and Guide Service provides lunches.
  • Open face rod & reel rental - $10
Gauley River Muskie Fishing

Striper Bass Fishing on the New River

We offer half-day hybrid striper bass fishing trips on a four mile section of the Upper New River deep in southern West Virginia. On these unique excursions, we spend 4-5 hours in pursuit of this amazing fish by concentrating our efforts on large eddies where the striper schools move upstream.

Gauley River Fishing

On our guided fishing trips, we have reeled in stripers weighting as much as ten pounds. We recommend live bait and large plugs. There is also ample opportunity to land trophy size WV New River small mouth while in pursuit of the stripers. We supply snacks and beverages on all half day expeditions.


"Fishing from a non-motorized raft was a new experience for us and Robert made it a memorable one. The location was breathtaking, the equipment was first class and the fishing was outstanding. He did all the work and we got to have all the fun! Thanks for the great time."

Beckie and Duane Bean
Fish and Hunt West Virginia

Freelance Fishing and Guide Service

119 Butler Street
Oak Hill, WV 25901

fish with Robert Seay