ROANOKE, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources hopes to flood the streams and impoundments of West Virginia State Parks with gold next spring. DNR Director Steve McDaniel, speaking on West Virginia Outdoors at the National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration in Lewis County last week announced plans for the West Virginia Gold Rush.
“Jim Hedrick and the people at the hatcheries have started to raise a lot more golden trout than we normally do,” explained McDaniel. “The week of April 2-6 in 13 select parks and lakes we’re going to put 40,000 golden trout int he water. There will be gold everywhere.”
Typically golden trout are stocked in a one in 10 ratio, but that will be set aside for this specific promotion in hopes of attracting children to the state parks for fishing.
“That’s right after Easter and that’s most spring breaks,” said McDaniel. “Most children are home and parents are looking for something for them to do. We’re hoping they’ll bring them to one of the state parks, get them a fishing pole, and leet them catch some golden trout.”
Stockings that week will be in the waters of the following state parks and state forests: Babcock, Cacapon, Blackwater Falls, Cedar Creek, Chief Logan, Coopers Rock State Forest, Little Beaver, North Bend, Pipestem Resort, Tomblinson Run, Tygart Lake, Watoga, and the Stonewall Jackson tailwaters. The Gold Rush waters were selected backed on public access, accommodation for families, and the trout stocking schedule.