West Virginia Department of Commerce WV Gold Rush

West Virginia Gold Rush
 



Pack your bags, grab your fishing gear and head to the mountains of West Virginia for the next great gold rush!

During the week of April 2-6, 2018, lakes, streams and rivers across the Mountain State will run with gold when the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources stocks 25,000 golden rainbow trout at select locations, including several state parks.

This is a perfect opportunity to catch the treasured golden rainbow trout, introduce your friends and family to sport fishing or enjoy a relaxing getaway. So, start planning your trip today. The West Virginia Gold Rush is sure to be unlike any other fishing experience!

West Virginia Gold Rush Stocking Locations
Lakes
Barboursville Lake
Boley Lake (Babcock State Park)
Berwind WMA Lake
Cacapon Resort State Park Lake
Cedar Creek State Park Lake
Chief Logan State Park Lake
Coopers Rock State Park Lake
French Creek Pond (WV State Wildlife Center)
Little Beaver State Park Lake
Mason Lake (Pedlar WMA)
Mountwood Lake
Pendleton Lake (Blackwater Falls)
Pipestem Resort State Park Lake
Rollins WMA Lake
Spruce Knob Lake
Tomlinson Run State Park Lake
Wallback WMA Lake
Watoga State Park Lake
Warden WMA Lake
Streams
Blackwater River
Cranberry River
North Bend State Park Lake (Tailwater)
Opequon Creek
R.D. Bailey (Tailwater)
Shaver Fork (Upper Section)
Shaver Fork (Lower Section)
South Branch (Smoke Hole Section)
Stonewall Resort State Park
(Tailwater)
Tygart Lake State Park (Tailwater)

West Virginia DNR facilities highlighted in orange.
Stocking Locations
Lakes
Barboursville Lake
Boley Lake (Babcock State Park)
Berwind Lake
Cacapon Resort State Park
Cedar Creek State Park Lake
Chief Logan State Park Lake
Coopers Rock State Park
French Creek Pond
(WV State Wildlife Center)
Little Beaver State Park
Mason Lake
Mountwood
Pendleton Lake (Blackwater Falls)
Pipestem Resort State Park
Spruce Knob Lake
Tomlinson Run State Park Lake
Watoga State Park
Warden Lake
Streams
Blackwater River
Cranberry River
North Bend State Park Lake (Tailwater)
Opequon Creek
R.D. Bailey (Tailwater)
Shaver Fork (Upper)
Shaver Fork (Lower)
South Branch (Smoke Hole)
Stonewall Resort State Park
(Tailwater)
Tygart Lake State Park (Tailwater)

West Virginia DNR facilities highlighted in orange.

FAQs

Q: What is the West Virginia Gold Rush? 
A: A special trout stocking of only golden rainbow trout, at select locations, that gives children and adult anglers a chance to catch this prized fish.
Q: Is Gold Rush part of the regular trout stocking?
A: Yes. Gold Rush is not an additional stocking, but a special stocking of golden rainbow trout.
Q: Will the Gold Rush take place everywhere? 
A: Gold Rush will only take place at 30 selected waters. All other stocking locations will receive trout as normally scheduled.
Q: Will golden rainbow trout be stocked the remainder of the year? 
A: All other trout stockings in 2018 will include the regular percentage of golden rainbow trout.
Q: What if I don’t want to take part in Gold Rush?
A: All other trout stockings in 2018 will include the regular percentage of golden rainbow trout.
Q: Do I need a license to fish during Gold Rush week?
A: Yes. 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. More information about licenses can be found at www.wvfish.com.


Golden Rainbow Trout

Golden Rainbow 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. Ever since, West Virginia’s golden rainbow trout has been a popular sport fish, reeling in anglers, young and old, from all over the country.

 

Fishing License

A fishing license with a current trout stamp is your ticket to catching West Virginia’s golden rainbow trout. All anglers age 15 and older are required to have a West Virginia fishing license and a valid form of identification while fishing. Licenses are good for the calendar year, and it is recommended they be purchased at the beginning of each year. Resident anglers may also purchase a five-day license. One-day licenses are available for non-resident anglers.

A West Virginia fishing license can be purchased at approximately 180 retail agents around the state or online at www.wvfish.com. Additionally, all anglers must follow West Virginia’s fishing regulations, which can be found online at www.wvdnr.gov.








Every time an angler purchases a fishing license, he or she contributes to the
West Virginia DNR's efforts to provide outstanding sport fishing, as well as fishery management, habitat development, endangered species programs, and conservation.


Contact

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
324 Fourth Avenue
South Charleston, WV 25303
(304) 558-2771

 

 

 

Elkins Operation Center
738 Ward Road
Elkins, WV 26241
(304) 637-0245

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Contact

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
324 Fourth Avenue
South Charleston, WV 25303
(304) 558-2771

 

 

 

Elkins Operation Center
738 Ward Road
Elkins, WV 26241
(304) 637-0245

Navigation

Rules and Regulations
Fishing License
West Virginia State Parks

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Contact

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
324 Fourth Avenue
South Charleston, WV 25303
(304) 558-2771

 

Elkins Operation Center
738 Ward Road
Elkins, WV 26241
(304) 637-0245

Navigation

Rules and Regulations
Fishing License
West Virginia State Parks

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