Sweetwater County’s 3rd Annual Burbot Bash
Highlights Hot Spot for Ice Fishing Nov 14, 2012

Anglers Win Cash and Prizes While Helping Southwest Wyoming's eEcosystem at Event, Feb. 1-3

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – 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.
About Sweetwater County (www.tourwyoming.com)
Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as “Flaming Gorge Country” the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums.
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Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.812.8733, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Jenissa Bartlett, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jbartlett@tourwyoming.com

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