Go for Gold: What to know for Gold Rush 2021

As the past three springs have emerged, anglers have anxiously awaited the highly anticipated West Virginia Gold Rush. This fourth year, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will release 50,000 golden rainbow trout in 62 lakes and streams across the Mountain State, with special prizes on the line.

What is Gold Rush?

Native to West Virginia, the golden rainbow trout is a prized catch by anglers far and wide. With 50,000 of these vibrant fish being stocked in the state’s streams and lakes, Gold Rush is a beloved annual event. Read on to learn about the special prizes that anglers will have a chance to win this year.

When are the stockings?

Gold Rush stockings will take place between March 23rd and April 3rd, as these prized catches make their way into our waters.

Where can I catch golden trout?

In 62 lakes and streams, these golden rainbow trout will be making their way to every corner of West Virginia. While a full list of locations can be found on the official Gold Rush website, these State Parks and Forests are the perfect places to cast a line and spend a day in nature:

  • Babcock State Park
  • Blackwater Falls State Park
  • Cacapon State Park
  • Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
  • Cedar Creek State Park
  • Chief Logan State Park
  • Coopers Rocks State Forest
  • Little Beaver State Park
  • North Bend State Park
  • Pipestem State Park
  • Seneca State Forest
  • Stonewall Jackson State Park
  • Tomlinson Run State Park
  • Tygart Lake State Park
  • Watoga State Park

How can I participate?

To get out on the waters all you will need is a valid West Virginia fishing license with a trout stamp! Learn more about fishing licenses and get yours today.

Who will win prizes?

Though every angler’s catch will be a prized memory, incredible prizes are up for grabs this year as well. 100 of the 50,000 golden trout to be stocked will have a special numbered tag. Those who catch a specially marked trout can enter to win a variety of prizes, including a 3-night cabin stay at Blackwater Falls State Park!

Are you dreaming of your Gold Rush getaway? Learn more about where to stay, shop and dine on your fishing adventure with our Travel Guide.


Travelers are encouraged to check the status of individual businesses before taking a trip. A statewide indoor face-covering requirement is in effect and visitors are encouraged to maintain a safe social distance when traveling the state.

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This post was last updated on March 23, 2021