The West Virginia Gold Rush is back this spring bigger and better than ever and will now include an additional weekend of stockings and a new contest.

Gold Rush will now start on March 27 and run through April 4. Each day, we’ll be stocking golden rainbow trout in more than 60 lakes and streams across the state, including 16 West Virginia state parks and forests.

Click here to see which state parks and forests are participating in Gold Rush 2020.

Gov. Jim Justice announced the addition of extra stocking dates so families have more chances to participate in this special stocking and catch the beautiful golden rainbow trout.

For a full list of stocking locations, check out the interactive map below.

The 2020 Gold Rush Giveaway

This year, we’re also adding more prizes. If you catch a golden trout with a numbered tag, you could win a guided fishing trip, a lifetime license, a state park stay or gift card and exclusive merchandise. For prize details and instructions on how to enter, visit

West Virginia State Parks Lodging Special

We’re also partnering with West Virginia State Parks to give families a 20 percent discount on lodge rooms and cabins so they can enjoy an affordable weekend trip during Gold Rush. Just use the offer code GOLDRUSH20 when you checkout on

Plan your trip today, and don’t forget to purchase your fishing license and trout stamp.