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Gov. Justice announces expansion of popular Gold Rush trout program for 2020

March 5th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Gov. Jim Justice announced today that the West Virginia Gold Rush trout program is returning this spring from March 27-April 4 and will be bigger and better than ever including an additional weekend of stockings and a new contest.

“Because so many West Virginians want to participate in this special event I wanted to give them an extra weekend to come out and bring their families and have a chance at catching one of these beautiful golden trout,” said Gov. Justice. “And to add to this year’s experience the DNR plans to stock 50,000 golden rainbow trout, up from about 40,000 last year. We want as many people as possible to enjoy the thrill of fishing West Virginia’s pristine waters.”

Gold Rush, originally scheduled to start on March 31, will run March 27-April 4. Each day, Division of Natural Resources staff will stock golden rainbow trout in more than 60 lakes and streams across the state, including 16 West Virginia state parks and forests.

Stockings for the Gold Rush are performed in addition to regularly scheduled trout stockings. A list of the stocked waters for this event can be found at

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