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9 Go-To Lakes and Streams to help you plan your Gold Rush trip


With 50,000 golden rainbow trout, 68 stockings and a chance to win a lifetime fishing license, the West Virginia Gold Rush is the fishing event of the year. With that many stockings to choose from and an incredible prize on the line, you don’t just want to cast your line without a plan.

There’s no such thing as a “best lake” and you’ll never find the “perfect stream,” but you can find one that works best for you and your family. It just takes a little time and patience and some planning to make any of the Gold Rush waters the best place for your fishing adventure.

But with so many stockings to choose from, we understand that planning a trip can be a little intimidating, especially with only one week left until Gold Rush starts. If that’s you, here are nine easy-to-access Gold Rush stocking locations with great accommodations where you can cast your line for a last minute trip. 

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