The Burbot Bash is a Burbot (close relative of the ling cod) only fishing tournament instituted to reduce and control the Burbot population in the Flaming Gorge.  This year’s bash has three segments to it:  There will be two weekend fishing tournaments with a similar format to previous years, and a tagged fish contest.  One registration fee enables anglers to participate in all three activities.  It is recommended (but not required) that you release all other fish except Burbot. Neither Utah nor Wyoming has a creel limit on Burbot, and all Burbot caught must be kept.

Opening Weekend (November 15-17, 2013): 
Friday, November 15:
Registration and Packet Pick-up – 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Educational and Instructional Activities-1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Captain’s Meeting – 4:00 pm ( and every hour on hour)
Fishing begins-5:00 pm

Saturday, November 16
Fish Check-in (Manila and Wyoming)-8:00 – 11:00 am

Sunday, November 17
Weekend Closing Ceremonies*-10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Fishing ends-8:00 am
Fish Check-in at Manila Park Pavilion-8:00 – 11:00 am

*Only Fish caught between 5:00 pm Friday, November 15 and 8:00 am on Sunday, November 17, 2014 will be eligible for prizes awarded on November 17th.

Closing Weekend (January 24-26, 2014): 
Friday, January 24:
Registration and Packet Pick-up -11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Educational and Instructional Activities – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Captain’s Meeting – 4:00 pm ( and every hour on hour)
Fishing begins- 5:00 pm

Saturday, January 25
Fish Check-in (Villa Restaurant and Buckboard Marina)-8:00 – 11:00 am

Sunday, January 26:
Weekend Closing Ceremonies*-10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Fishing ends – 8:00 am
Fish Check-in at Manila Park Pavilion-8:00 – 11:00 am

*Only Fish caught between 5 pm Friday, January 24th and 8:00 am on Sunday, January 26, 2014 will be eligible for prizes awarded on January 26th.

Opening and Closing Weekend Contests:  Fish caught during opening and closing weekends as specified in the above timeline will be eligible for prizes outlined in the Prize section below. The decision of tournament officials with regard to prizes is final.

Tagged Fish Contest:  Only tagged fish caught by registered fisherman between 5:00 pm Friday, November 15 and 8:00 am on Sunday, January 26, 2014 will be eligible for prizes associated with the tagged fish contest.

Cash Grand Prizes: Only fish tagged immediately prior to the contest by the designated government entity, caught during the contest, and scanned in accordance with the rules below will be counted towards tagged fish cash grand prizes.  Cash grand prizes are outlined in the Prize section below.

Tagged Fish “Bounty” Payments:  A “bounty” of $200 in cash will be paid for any tagged fish caught during the period of the Tagged Fish Contest, so long as the fish was tagged by the participating tagging authority, and scanned in accordance with the rules below. Fish must be scanned within 48 hours of being caught at the scanning station at the Villa Restaurant in Manila, Utah to be eligible for any of the Cash Grand Prizes.

Non-Cash Prizes: Non-cash prizes will be awarded on the closing weekend. Each registered participant is eligible for non-cash prizes.  You must be present during closing ceremonies to win non-cash prizes.

Tagged Fish Contest:
1 – $25,000 fish
2 – $10,000 fish
1 – $5,000 fish
$200 bounty for each tagged fish

Opening Weekend Contest*:
Most Fish (Five places) – $2500, $1800, $1200, $800, $600
Biggest Fish (Five places) – $1500, $1200, $1000, $800, $600
Smallest Fish (Five places) – $600, $500, $400, $250, $100

*Opening Weekend contest prizes as listed are contingent upon a minimum of 400 registered participants. If there are less than 400 registered participants by 9:00 pm November 15, 2013, Opening Weekend Contest Prizes will be reduced by 50%.

Closing Weekend Contest:
Most Fish (Five places) – $2500, $1800, $1200, $800, $600
Biggest Fish (Five places) – $1500, $1200, $1000, $800, $600
Smallest Fish (Five places) – $600, $500, $400, $250, $100

Eligibility:  The Promotion is open only to legal residents of the fifty United States and District of Columbia. Employees, officers, and directors of Daggett County, the Flaming Gorge Chamber, Local and State Fish & Game Licensing Officials, Official Promotion Fish Taggers, prize providers, are ineligible to enter the Promotion or win a prize. This is a team contest, but each team member must register and complete the necessary paperwork.

Participants must have a valid fishing license and adhere to all the rules and regulations for the state in which they are fishing, including Utah & Wyoming Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) regulations and all U.S. Coast Guard, Utah State Parks and U.S. Forest Service regulations. As a reminder, the use or possession of Live Bait Fish is not allowed on Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Also, if using more than 2 lines (rods) through the ice, lines must be labeled with anglers’ name. If a person is cited for a fishing violation by a state officer his/her whole team will be disqualified. Unregistered fishermen in your party will jeopardize the validity of fish caught by registered fishermen.

Registration:  A team must be registered to be eligible for prizes. Teams can register online at or with a personal check, cash or certified funds. Each team needs to designate a team captain at registration. Teams can be 2 to 4 people. Online Registration fee will be $60 per person (plus processing fee). Mail-in or in person registration is $70 per person. Registrations will be accepted through 9:00 pm, January 24, 2014. There will be no refunds on registration regardless of weather or other circumstances, except those who pre-registered before 11/7/13 and who find the changes to the rules unacceptable. They must notify tournament officials by November 14th of their intent to withdraw in order to receive a full refund. There will be no additional late fees as previously advertised.


  1. All registered fishermen must sign a risk waiver and an affidavit agreeing to comply with all tournament rules.
  2. For your safety:  The Flaming Gorge is above 6000’ in elevation and weather can be unpredictable – come prepared for changing weather. The use of lifejackets is strongly recommended, even when not required. Boats are required to carry all safety equipment and follow appropriate State and local regulations. During times when ice fishing is possible, each team must have a throw rope and ice picks for each participant. A cell phone, floatation device, and cleats are also highly recommended.
  3. The Tournament Committee claims no responsibility for accidents relating to weather, ice or road conditions or anything else related to the Derby. The Tournament is subject to cancellation (or temporary suspension) due to weather conditions. Cancellation decision will be made by tournament officials, US Forest Service, or Utah DWR. Anglers will be notified by Marine Band Radio and the Burbot Bash Mobile App.
  4. Fisherman using fee areas during any stage of the tournament will need a Recreation Use Pass.
  5. Participants using boats must sign and display the Mussel-Aware Boater Program Certificate of Decontamination Certification and follow all other Utah and/or Wyoming Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) regulations and protocols.  Any contest watercraft coming from out of the state of Wyoming into Wyoming, is required to undergo a mandatory inspection by an authorized AIS inspector prior to launching ( ).  Participants violating that regulation or any other AIS regulations will be disqualified.
  6. All contestants fishing in Wyoming must abide by all Wyoming Game and Fish regulations concerning fishing, aquatic invasive species and boating.  Any participant found to violate any Game and Fish regulation from 5 PM Friday, November 15, 2013 until 11 AM Sunday, January 26, 2014 will be disqualified.
  7. Linwood Bay west of a line from the easternmost point of the south shore of Linwood Bay (mouth of canyon) to easternmost point of north shore of Linwood Bay (Lucerne Point), is CLOSED to nighttime angling (sunset to sunrise) from Oct. 15 through 6 a.m. on the second Saturday of December.
  8. Tournament officials reserve the right to conduct checks to ensure the contestants are following all rules. Disqualified contestant(s) will not receive a refund of tournament fees, nor will they be qualified for any prizes.
  9. All participants receiving cash prizes in excess of $600 will be required to complete a W-9 form.

Opening and Closing Weekend Contests:

  1. Burbot must be checked in and scanned for internal tags, before being cleaned, and during the scheduled check-in period. To qualify for opening and closing weekend contest prizes, all Burbot must be kept fresh. Burbot that are frozen, partially frozen, or otherwise determined “not fresh” by contest officials, will be disqualified for these prizes. We recommend fish be kept in a cooler to prevent them from freezing.
  2. After the Burbot are inspected by tournament officials, all contestants will be required to remove the tails of all Burbot prior to leaving the check-in station. The decision to accept or reject any fish by tournament officials is final.
  3. To participate in either of the weekend events, the Team must be present during registration or for pre-registered teams the Captain or one team member must check-in to receive the team’s packets and be eligible for Prizes. A team member must be present to collect non-cash prizes.  Non-cash prizes will be awarded to another team if a team representative is not present. Cash prizes will be awarded even if the winner is not present and will be mailed to the Team Captain.

Tagged Fish Contest:
Tagged fish prizes are covered by an insurance policy purchased through Odds On Promotions. Their rules are summarized below and must be followed to receive payment for a winning tagged fish. A full version of the contract is available for review at the Daggett County Courthouse during business hours.

  1. Tagged fish must be caught between 5 pm November 15th, 2013 and 8 am January 26th, 2014 by a fisherman officially registered in the Burbot Bash who is not a current employee, agent, successor or assignee of Daggett County or any promotional agency involved with this promotion. Tagged fish must be caught using conventional rod and reel, and the fish must be caught and played by one person only (minor children may have assistance). Fish that are shot, harpooned, gigged, caught on electric reels or in any other unsportsmanlike manner shall be ineligible.
  2. To participate in the tagged fish event, the Team must be present during registration or for pre-registered teams the Captain or one team member must check-in to receive the team’s packets and be eligible for Prizes. Cash prizes will be awarded even if the winner is not present and will be mailed to the Team Captain.
  3. Each tagged fish caught must be presented to a contest official and scanned WITH THE TAG ATTACHED within Forty-Eight (48) hours of a catch for claims verification. No prize shall be awarded unless fish and tag are presented together within the official promotion dates and times. Frozen fish can be scanned for tags and are eligible for the tagged fish contest only
  4. Upon presentation of the tagged fish, the potential winning angler must complete a “Submission Affidavit.” The fish will need to be submitted with the Affidavit.
  5. All winners must submit to and pass, in a conclusive manner, a polygraph examination administered by a licensed polygraphist provided by Daggett County and agreed to by Odds On Promotions.


  1. Burbot scanning stations for Saturday, November 16, 2013 and January 25, 2014 will be the Villa Restaurant in Manila, Utah and the Buckboard Marina in Wyoming from 8 am to 11 am. There will be only one Burbot scanning station on Sunday, November 17th and Sunday, January 26th. All burbot must be scanned and checked-in at the Manila Park Pavilion near the Rodeo grounds. Fish will be scanned from 8:00 am-11:00 am only. No fish will be scanned or counted for the weekend tournaments after 11:00 am on November 17th or January 26th.
  2. Fish can be scanned for tags at designated scanning stations during the opening and closing weekend events, and at the Villa Restaurant from 8:00 am to 10:00 am on Weekdays and 8:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays other than the Opening and Closing weekends.
  3. Burbot must be scanned within 48 hours of being caught to be eligible for the Cash Grand Prizes. If the 48 hour deadline is missed they are still eligible for the $200 Cash bounty.

By participating in the Burbot Bash each participant irrevocably grants the tournament organizers and their respective successors, assigns, and licensees, including Odds On Promotions, the right to use such participant’s name, likeness, and biographical information, and image in any photos that may be submitted to the Website or taken during the tournament, in any and all media for any purpose, including without limitation, advertising and promotional purposes, where permitted by law, and hereby release the Promotion Entities from any liability with respect thereto.


By completing the registration, participant personally, or on behalf of the individual(s) listed below, represents and agrees as follows:

1.             The participant is either over the age of eighteen (18) personally and /or is over the age of eighteen (18) and is completing this registration on behalf of an individual under the age of eighteen (18) listed on the registration for whom they are the parent or legal guardian.

2.             This General Waiver, Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability (the “Release”) covers and applies to all activities engaged in, or in any way related to, Success in Education Foundation, Daggett County, and all other Tournament organizers and sponsors including, but not limited to, the following activities (the “Activities”):  all air and ground transportation, fishing, boating, hiking and walking, food service, and all similar or related activities, which the undersigned may participate in or observe.

3.             The undersigned is aware that risks and dangers are inherent in the Activities and that unanticipated and unexpected dangers and risks may arise during such Activities.  Such harm may include serious bodily injury, property damage, or even death.  In addition, the undersigned has not and will not rely on any statements or representations from agents, employees, or representatives regarding the condition or safety of the event.

4.             Despite the inherent risks and dangers associated with the Activities, the undersigned hereby accepts and assumes such risks and dangers and agrees to the terms of this agreement in order to participate in the Activities, with the realization that the undersigned has the alternative of choosing not to participate in the Activities.  Therefore, the undersigned and their heirs, agents, executors, administrators, and assigns hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and to release and waive the Success in Education Foundation, Daggett County, and all of their affiliates, insurers, employees, agents, representatives, partners, vendors, sponsors, members, managers, officers, directors, shareholders, as well as the property owners of the property on which the Activities occur, including the United States Government and the United States Forest Service (together “Organizers”), from all claims, losses, injuries, damages, property damage, expenses and liabilities of every kind, including claims for contribution, which result from, relate to, arise out of, or are in anyway associated with the Activities.  The duty to indemnify includes the obligation to defend and pay reasonable costs and attorneys’ fees incurred to defend against such liability.

5.             The undersigned represents and agrees that he or she shall be responsible for any expenses incurred or damages suffered as a consequence of any personal injury or property loss or damage, and that he or she does, in fact, carry adequate accident and health insurance for this purpose and that he or she shall not hold Organizers responsible for any of such expenses.

6.             This is a legally binding document and is intended, among other things, to protect Organizers from claims for damages, losses or injuries to persons, property, or otherwise.  The undersigned understands that this agreement is to be broadly construed to protect Organizers.  Furthermore, the undersigned understands that his or her signature on this agreement terminates his or her right to bring a lawsuit or any other action regarding damages, loss, injury or death resulting from, relating to, arising out of or in any way associated with, the Activities.

7.             This agreement is intended to comply with all applicable common law, state and federal laws, rules and regulations.  In the event any portion of this is deemed to violate applicable law, the remainder of the agreement shall continue to be enforceable in accordance with the terms set forth herein.

8.             The undersigned hereby gives his or her consent to be treated by a physician or surgeon in case of sudden illness or injury while participating in the Activities and that the cost will be at the expense of the undersigned.

9.             Lastly, the undersigned agrees to comply with all rules of safety and instruction of Organizers or any of its agents, employees, and representatives with regard to the use of vehicles, equipment and property. If, in the opinion of Organizers, the conduct of the undersigned, or the person on whose behalf the undersigned has executed this agreement, is such that the risk or danger of personal injury or property damage is increased, then the undersigned hereby consents to the immediate termination of the Activities.  The undersigned must have in possession and present, when requested, the required license for any fishing activities.

Signed Acknowledgement Must be Received by Daggett County for registration to be valid. Please register online or download, print, sign and return form.

Download PDF version of the Rules and Acknowledgement of Risk 11-7-2013