There’s gold in them there rivers and lakes.

At least there will be soon.

Approximately 40,000 golden rainbow trout will be released April 2-6.

The West Virginia Gold Rush week is a project of the state Division of Natural Resources.

ELKINS, W.Va. — Chances of striking gold during the special West Virginia Gold Rush trout stockings on April 2-6 have increased. Due to growing interest and excitement, the Division of Natural Resources will stock golden rainbow trout at 20 new locations around the state, bringing the total number of stocked lakes and streams to 50.

“Thanks to the diligence and hard work of staff at the Bowden, Spring Run and Reeds Creek trout hatcheries, we have produced more golden trout than we expected when we announced this special event last fall,” said Jim Hedrick, Hatchery Program Manager. “The fish have done so well that DNR can stock an additional 15,000 golden trout, for a total of 40,000. Adding these new waters will bring the Gold Rush closer to home for many families.”

The purpose of the West Virginia Gold Rush is to get families, children and new anglers excited about trout fishing by giving them a good opportunity to catch this popular fish.

Read the entire press release and get more information here, at the WVDNR Website.