UPDATE: Gold Rush 2020 has currently been postponed. New stocking dates and information will be released soon.

Gold Rush Returns to West Virginia

For the third year in a row, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is planning statewide stockings of the Mountain State’s very own golden rainbow trout. This fish, while native to West Virginia, is a prized catch among anglers. Every spring, we take to our lakes and streams and stock over 50,000 golden trout to give anglers from across the country a chance to reel in this prized catch.

Cast A Line & End Up in Almost Heaven

Here, what matters most are the moments you hold onto. Simple and pure. Those moments where you become one with the call of churning streams and relax in the sound of calm waters – all while waiting for the perfect catch. Escape the hustle and bustle and plan your outdoor outing to West Virginia.

About the 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. Decades later, the West Virginia golden rainbow trout has been a popular sport fish, reeling in anglers from all over the country.

Purchase a fishing license

A valid fishing license with a current trout stamp is your ticket to catching West Virginia’s golden rainbow trout. All anglers 15 years and older are required to have a West Virginia fishing license and a valid form of identification while fishing. Licenses are valid through the entire calendar year. Whether you’re looking to come for the day or stay for a week, there’s a West Virginia fishing license for you.

Licenses can be purchased at 160 retail locations across the state or online.

Purchase a fishing license

Stocking Locations

Your fishing getaway in Almost Heaven is a click away. Explore the map below to find a stocking location near you.

Select any of the options below to browse by stocking location or stocking date on the map.

  • WV State Parks & Forests Stocking Locations
  • Other WV Stocking Locations
  • Gold Rush Deals and Discounts

Gold Rush Deals & Discounts


Enjoy a special buy one, get two nights free on select lodging at ACE Adventure Resort.

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Explore the great outdoors even more with free kayak rental with the purchase of three at Elk River Get-A-Way.

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Check out Mountaineer Country this Gold Rush season with sweet deals and discounts at these participating businesses.

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Test your skills with a fishing competition hosted by McFly Outdoors and enjoy 10% off all of their fly-fishing inventory.

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Extend your fishing adventure with a stay at the Holiday Inn – Morgantown, where anglers and fishermen can get a 12% discount on the hotel’s best flexible rate.

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Get 20% off your entire stay at a West Virginia State Park or Forest.

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