This past week I took a day off work in the hopes of catching one of the last remaining species in Utah that I haven't caught. Native to Wyoming, Burbot were illegally introduced to Flaming Gorge 15-20 years ago. There is a catch and kill policy in place for them now, and there are Burbot tournaments held yearly with the Burbot Bash being the most popular.
|The first view of the Gorge heading toward Buckboard Marina.|
|A view from the ramp at Buckboard Marina.|
|Ashley and I were treated to a spectacular sunset as we started fishing.|
While jigging for Burbot, I got a few surprise Kokanee Salmon that were on the bottom spawning. There are two spawns at the Gorge. An early and late spawn. The early spawn koke's run up the tributaries to spawn while the late run koke's spawn in the lake. I released the two Salmon I caught after a quick picture. They were a great bonus to the trip.
|My first ever Burbot! Another species down.|
|Hen spawning Kokanee caught while going for Burbot.|
|Five of the six burbot landed.|
|The two biggest of the night.|
|Ashley also taught me how to properly clean the Burbot.|
|He showed me what this Burbot had been eating the past few days. Looked like Crawdads were on the menu.|