West Virginia state natural resources officials will change the color of the trout they stock in Mountain State waters. Instead of drab-colored brook, brown and rainbow trout, they will be golden rainbow trout.
Officials are calling it the “West Virginia Gold Rush.” Jim Hedrick, the Division of Natural Resources’ acting fisheries chief, said workers will stock about 25,000 golden trout.
Ordinarily, only one in 10 trout stocked is a golden. But from April 2-6 at 30 waters throughout the state, every stocked trout will be of the novelty variety.
It is a treat for anglers that took three years to pull off, Hedrick said.
“At that time, we recognized that kids aren’t fishing as much as they used to,” he said. “Instead of letting them live on their electronics every day, we decided to do something to get them and their families excited about fishing. The idea we came up with was an all-golden-trout stocking. We knew that kids like golden trout, and so do adult anglers. So we decided to do a ‘Gold Rush’ — an all-golden stocking — as a promotion to get more people out fishing.”
LINK (via: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)