Burbot Bash: Ice Fishing for a Cause

Ice fishing in Wyoming
Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park

Wyoming is an incomparable fisherman’s paradise, and at Flaming Gorge Reservoir in the southwest, they’re taking a stand to ensure that reputation lives on with the Annual Burbot Bash Ice Fishing Derby. Burbot, an eel-shaped fish also known as Ling Cod, has invaded the fresh-water reservoir and poses a significant threat to native fish species. This weekend-long event aims to catch-and-keep as many Burbot as possible. Cosponsored by the Green River, Rock Springs and Flaming Gorge chambers of commerce, there will be more than $7,000 worth of prizes for the largest, smallest and most Burbot caught. Other weekend events include a fish-cleaning contest and cooking demonstration (yes, they’re a delicacy in Europe).   

  • Jan. 25–28, 2012: the Burbot Bash at Buckboard Marina at Flaming Gorge Reservoir 

Check out these other fishing derbies around Wyoming in 2012:

  • Jan. 20–22, 2012: Benefitting the Wyoming Down Syndrome, the Burbot Classic offers a $7,000 purse for two-person teams at Flaming Gorge Reservoir. 
  • Jan. 21–22, 2012: Just one event in the Keyhole Winter Challenge, the ice fishing derby has daily and overall cash prizes. 
  • Jan. 21–22, 2012: The 29th Annual Saratoga Ice Fishing Derby awards the lucky person who hooks the largest game fish with a whopping $2,000 prize, plus hourly prizes. There’s a special Small Fry derby for tykes under 14. 
  • Jan. 27–29, 2012: The Wild West Winter Carnival hosts an ice fishing derby at Boysen  Reservoir as part of the annual festivities. 
  • Jan. 28–29, 2012: The 23nd Annual “HAWG” Ice Fishing Derby at Pathfinder Reservoir in Natrona County offers up to $57,000 in prizes, including hourly awards. 
  • Feb. 18–19, 2012: Meeteetse’s 4th Annual Ice Fishing Derby combines fun, fishing and cash. 
  • March 3–4, 2012: The Pinedale Boat Club hosts the Big Fish Winter Derby on Fremont Lake, which hands $1,000 to the angler who reels in the biggest catch on both Saturday and Sunday and $100 for the largest rainbow and brown trout. 
Read more about ice fishing anytime this winter here

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