Top 7 Tips for Catching Burbot at Lake Flaming
Gorge this Winter Jan 24, 2017

Sweetwater County, Wyo. –  It’s open season on ice fishing in Sweetwater County in Southwest Wyoming. Here are the top 7 tips from Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism to offer the best chances for hooking the sometimes elusive Burbot. Since every Burbot caught represents a savings in sport fish like Kokanee Salmon and Smallmouth Bass, anglers might even consider it their civic duty to spend a day or more ice fishing on Flaming Gorge!

  • Check the Clock
    Burbot tend to hid out under rocks and in holes of the reservoir during the day, but they emerge at around sunset to feed. The first few hours after sunset can be very productive periods. By hitting the ice late in the afternoon, fishermen will be able to secure a good spot for the evening and be ready for the Burbot bites around sunset.
  • Rocks Rock!
    Burbot love rocky areas – both on the main body and in the larger bays of the reservoir. This is where crayfish – Burbot’s preferred meal – hide. Underwater cliff areas can be very good, as well. Experts recommend using a topographic map of Flaming Gorge Reservoir to identify promising rocky areas to fish.
  • Depth Perception
    Burbot can be caught at any depth, but fishing near the bottom in 10 -50 feet tends to be the most productive. Those fishing with multiple lines (up to six rods or tip-ups per angler are allowed at Flaming Gorge) can spread them across a range of depths to start. A hole that goes 15 minutes without a bite should probably be abandoned.
  • Quiet Please!
    Since Burbot are shy, the most successful anglers will be those who fish away from the noise and commotion of big groups.
  • Lure Luck
    Glowing lures – which come in a range of shapes and sizes – are a must for Burbot. Fishermen must also remember that Burbot are not lure or line shy, so a sufficient weight should be utilized to get to depth quickly. While a glowing lure may attract the fish, bait like sucker or chub meat is needed to seal the deal. Because of a Burbot’s physiology, stout, sharp hooks and strong fishing lines are a must.
  • Keep Moving
    Burbot fishing is an active sport. Successful anglers must jig a rod lightly and check for tip-ups every 20 minutes or so. It’s recommended to recharge the lure every time a tip-up is checked.
  • Where there’s one…

Burbot sometimes travel in small schools, so if a hole is successful it’s likely more Burbot are close by. Recharging the lure and replacing it in a successful hole as soon as possible will often snag another Burbot within minutes of the first.

There are several must-have items for an ice fishing outing, including: large trash bag or cooler for transporting the catch; towels to clean up the Burbot “slime”; flashlight/headlamp; extra lights to illuminate tip-ups; and plenty of warm clothes.

To learn more about ice fishing in Sweetwater County, go here.

About Sweetwater County
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. The Rock Springs-Sweetwater County airport was recently ranked 37th on a list of 322 airports from around the country by Travelmath.com.

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Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.531.2336, gaylene@orecommunications.com

Jenissa Meredith, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jmeredith@tourwyoming.com

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