The West Virginia Gold Rush is back for an incredible fifth year! From March 29 to April 9, we’re stocking 50,000 golden rainbow trout at 69 lakes and streams around the state, including waters in or near 15 state parks and forests. Whether you’ve been fishing your entire life or are just getting started, whether you live deep in the mountains of West Virginia or plan to travel from out of state, there’s a trout stocking for you.

Click here to see a complete list of Gold Rush stocking locations.

Gold Rush Giveaway: 50,000 golden trout, 100 lucky winners

The Gold Rush Giveaway is also back again this year! Out of the 50,000 golden rainbow trout we’ll stock during Gold Rush, 100 will have a specially numbered tag. Catch one and you can enter the number online for a chance to win a:

  • Free West Virginia lifetime fishing license
  • One-night cabin stay at a state park or forest
  • West Virginia State Parks gift card
  • Gold Rush merchandise

For prize details and instructions on how to enter, visit wvdnr.gov/goldrush.

To commemorate the Gold Rush’s fifth year, we’re also giving away free Gold Rush-themed commemorative coins. Request a free commemorative coin and help us celebrate this achievement.

Go for gold, save 15% at state parks and forests

You don’t need a golden ticket to enjoy a spring break trip full of outdoor adventures and family fun. Plan a fishing trip to a West Virginia state park or forest during Gold Rush and save 15 percent on your lodge room or cabin when you book between March 23 and April 30. Just use offer code GOLD when you checkout online at wvstateparks.com. Some exclusions apply.

Purchase A Fishing License

All anglers 15 and older are required to have a West Virginia fishing license with a current trout stamp and a valid form of identification while fishing during Gold Rush. Licenses and stamps can be purchased online at wvfish.com. Additionally, all anglers must follow West Virginia’s fishing regulations, which can be found online at wvdnr.gov.

About West Virginia’s Golden Rainbow Trout 

The golden rainbow trout was bred at the Petersburg Hatchery over several years and introduced to the public in 1963 as part of West Virginia’s centennial celebration. For more than 50 years, golden rainbow trout has provided a special experience for anglers lucky enough to catch them.