Gold Rush Returns to West Virginia

For the fifth year in a row, the anxiously awaited statewide stockings of the Mountain State’s very own golden rainbow trout return. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will release over 50,000 golden trout into lakes and streams, giving anglers from across the country a chance to reel in this prized catch.

What is Gold Rush?

Gold Rush is a beloved annual event that takes place each spring when 50,000 vibrant golden rainbow trout are stocked throughout West Virginia’s streams and lakes.

What are golden trout?

West Virginia’s golden rainbow trout is prized by anglers young and old for its unmistakable, bright-yellow color. These fish were selectively and successfully bred by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources biologists over several years and introduced to the public in 1963 as part of West Virginia’s centennial celebration. Decades later, the West Virginia golden rainbow trout continues to be a popular sport fish, reeling in anglers from all over the country.

When are the stockings?

This year, Gold Rush stockings will take place between March 29th and April 9th.

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.

This post was last updated on March 24, 2022