2012 Burbot Bash
Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism today announced the dates for the 3rd Annual Burbot Bash. The fishing derby, which will be held Feb. 1-3, is a combined effort of the Green River, Rock Springs and Flaming Gorge Chambers of Commerce. It aims to diminish the population of illegally stocked, invasive burbot in the Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
Burbot, also called ling cod, are just one of the species that make Sweetwater County one of the best places for coldwater fishing in the nation. Four types of cutthroat trout teem the waters of the county's reservoirs, lakes, rivers and streams, along with other varieties of catfish, whitefish, salmon and smallmouth bass. The ice fishing season in the gorge gets rolling around mid-December when burbot, rainbow and smaller lake trout abound under the ice, giving fishermen and women a chance to hone their line flinging skills before February’s Burbot Bash.
Anglers of all ages, in teams of up to four, can compete for green while ‘going green’ by helping to purge the infestation of burbot. State fish biologists seeking tag-return data will appreciate competitors who catch tagged fish – identifiable only by special electronic readers. These tagged catches earn a submission into the drawing for cash prizes. Prizes will also be awarded in youth categories, as well as for the most fish reeled in and the biggest fish caught.
For more information and to register for the event, contact the Flaming Gorge Chamber of Commerce at www.flaminggorgecountry.com or call 800-FL-GORGE.