The 2018 Burbot Bash will be January 26, 27, 28, 2018 – Lake Flaming Gorge
Hosted by the Flaming Gorge Chamber of Commerce
An updated registration form will be provided shorty.
Registering early is important! The sooner we identify the number of teams the more prizes we can purchase for our closing ceremonies. To encourage this the first 150 teams to enter will be placed in a drawing for a $500 Flaming Gorge Getaway Package.
Have questions about the event? Check out the FAQs on the bottom of this page.
2017-entry-form: Please download, complete, and send back via fax, email or regular mail.
Complete the online entry below:
What is a Burbot?
The burbot is a freshwater cod-like fish that has a serpentine-like body, and is like a cross between an eel and a catfish, but with only a single barbel on the chin. Many fisherman have claimed burbot wrap themselves around their arms as they try to disengage the hook. The burbot’s body is elongated, while the head is flattened, with a wide mouth consisting of many small teeth on both the upper and lower jaws. The burbot is often called a ling cod, but is actually only a close relative.
Besides having voracious appetites, burbot are nocturnal feeders, which is a cause for concern in the Flaming Gorge where most other fish are day time feeders. They love the eggs of other fish and have been known to feed on the spawning grounds of other species. Female burbot egg releases range from 60,000 to 3.4 million eggs for each batch.The known predators of the burbot: northern pike, muskellunge, and some lamprey species are not found in the Flaming Gorge, which is another reason why the Burbot Bash is needed to help keep their numbers under control.
How can I win prizes during the Burbot Bash?
There are several methods of winning prizes during the Burbot Bash. The main thing is you have to register to win.
BURBOT BASH – January 20-22, 2017
PRIZE CATEGORIES AND RULES
All cash and prizes WILL BE based on 300 participants. Prize payouts and places will be adjusted with increased participation.
Burbot size is determined by length with weight being a tie-breaker
Most Burbot ~ 3 places $ 1500, $1000, $750
Biggest Burbot ~ 3 places $1000, $750, $500
Biggest Burbot ~ 3 places $100, $75, $50
Smallest Burbot ~ 3 places $100, $75, $50
- Burbot Bounty: All tagged fish (including internal PIT tags and Floy tags) will be entered into the Burbot Bounty. This is a sponsorship category and all funds in this category will be split equally between all participants who catch a tagged fish. For example, if the Bounty has $1000.00 and 10 tagged Burbot are caught, the payout is $100.00 per tagged Burbot.
- Tagged Burbot: Teams that catch tagged Burbot will have a chance to win $10,000, $2,500 or $1,000 cash. Fifty Burbot will have tags with unique numbers. Wyoming Game & Fish (WGFD) and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) will send those numbers directly to the insurance agency. The insurance company will randomly select three of those tags and assign a dollar value to the tags. If an entrant catches one of the three insured tags they will be eligible for a cash prize. All recaptured Burbot with 2017 Burbot Bash PIT tags will be retained by a tournament official in a bag with team information until the awards ceremony on Sunday, January 22nd. At that time the representative from Tegeler Insurance will determine if the PIT tagged Burbot is one of the three pre-drawn PIT insured tags. Results for the insured tags will be revealed during the closing ceremony. Entrants who catch a tagged fish must be present or designate a team member to represent them to be eligible for the Tagged Burbot prize. Teams should also enter all Burbot, large or small, could be a winner.
Do fish caught during the tagged fish portion of the tournament count towards the Biggest, Most and Smallest prizes during the event?
If I want my youth to qualify for higher prize monies, what can I do?
It’s easy. Just enter them under the adult fee rate.
Can I have 4 youths on one team?
No. Each team must have an adult (18+) as its captain.
How many persons are needed to make a team?
At least 2 and up to 4 persons.
Do I have to pre-register?
No, but registering at the event will cost you another $20 per team. We encourage everyone to pre-register, as it allows us to purchase more prizes for the event. AND, if you are one of the first 150 teams to enter, you will qualify for a $500 Flaming Gorge getaway package drawing!