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West Virginia Gold Rush
 



West Virginia Gold Rush returns April 1-6, 2019!

We turned the rivers gold during the first West Virginia Gold Rush. In 2019, Gold Rush will be back with more trout, more stocking locations and more chances for you to strike gold!

During this week of special stockings, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will release 40,000 golden rainbow trout at more than 55 lakes and streams around the state, including several state parks. DNR also is planning a big release for April 6, 2019.

Gold Rush is a perfect opportunity to catch the treasured golden rainbow trout, introduce friends and family to sport fishing or enjoy a relaxing getaway. So, start planning your trip today!

Win a Gold Rush T-shirt

If you catch a golden rainbow trout with a gold tag, you've won an exclusive Gold Rush T-shirt! To redeem your free shirt, download and fill out this form and send it with the tag to the DNR office in Elkins. Your tag will be returned with your shirt.

If you catch a golden rainbow trout during Gold Rush, celebrate the occasion by downloading this special Gold Rush certificate. Just fill out the information and print!

Stocking Locations
Lakes
Streams
Anawalt WMA
Barboursville
Bear Rocks WMA
Berwind WMA
Boley Lake (Babcock State Park)
Brandywine
Buffalo Fork
Cacapon Resort State Park
Castlemans Run Lake WMA
Cedar Creek State Park
Chief Logan State Park Ponds
Coopers Rock State Park
Curtisville
Deegan
Edwards Run WMA
Fort Ashby Reservoir
French Creek Pond (WV State Wildlife Center)
Hinkle
Kimsey Run
Little Beaver State Park
Mason (Pedlar WMA)
Mill Creek Reservoir
Mountwood
New Creek
Pendleton (Blackwater Falls)
Pipestem Resort State Park
Poorhouse Pond
Rock Cliff
Rockhouse
Rollins WMA
Seneca State Forest
South Mill Creek
Spruce Knob
Summit
Teter Creek WMA
Thomas Park
Tomlinson Run State Park
Tuckahoe
Wallback WMA
Watoga State Park
Warden WMA
Blackwater River
Burnsville (Tailwaters)
Cranberry River
Greenbrier River (Cass)
Greenbrier River (Durbin)
North Bend State Park Lake (Tailwaters)
Opequon Creek
R.D. Bailey (Tailwaters)
Shavers Fork (Lower)
Shavers Fork (Upper)
South Branch (Smoke Hole)
Stonewall Resort State Park (Tailwaters)
Sutton (Tailwaters)
Tygart Lake State Park (Tailwaters)
Wheeling Creek

Highlighted areas will be stocked on Saturday, April 6, 2019.
Stocking Locations
Lakes
Anawalt WMA
Barboursville
Bear Rocks WMA
Berwind WMA
Boley Lake (Babcock State Park)
Brandywine
Buffalo Fork
Cacapon Resort State Park
Castlemans Run Lake WMA
Cedar Creek State Park
Chief Logan State Park Ponds
Coopers Rock State Park
Curtisville
Deegan
Edwards Run WMA
Fort Ashby Reservoir
French Creek Pond (WV State Wildlife Center)
Hinkle
Kimsey Run
Little Beaver State Park
Mason (Pedlar WMA)
Mill Creek Reservoir
Mountwood
New Creek
Pendleton (Blackwater Falls)
Pipestem Resort State Park
Poorhouse Pond
Rock Cliff
Rockhouse
Rollins WMA
Seneca State Forest
South Mill Creek
Spruce Knob
Summit
Teter Creek WMA
Thomas Park
Tomlinson Run State Park
Tuckahoe
Wallback WMA
Watoga State Park
Warden WMA

Streams
Blackwater River
Burnsville (Tailwaters)
Cranberry River
Greenbrier River (Cass)
Greenbrier River (Durbin)
North Bend State Park Lake (Tailwaters)>
Opequon Creek
R.D. Bailey (Tailwaters)
Shavers Fork (Lower)
Shavers Fork (Upper)
South Branch (Smoke Hole)
Stonewall Resort State Park (Tailwaters)
Sutton (Tailwaters)
Tygart Lake State Park (Tailwaters)
Wheeling Creek

Highlighted areas will be stocked on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

 

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 wvfish.com. Additionally, all anglers must follow West Virginia’s fishing regulations, which can be found online at wvdnr.gov.

 

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 take place at more than 55 lakes and streams around the state. 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 2019 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 2019 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 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.








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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