Winter is a time for some to rest and relax in their warm homes, while others take advantage of the season to try their luck at catching the elusive and once rare burbot in the Kootenai River. By participating in Fish and Game’s tagging program, you can help improve the fishery by providing valuable data on burbot catch rates, harvest rates, and survival rates. And if you’re lucky enough to catch one of these tags, you could win a reward of $100!
If you see a tagged burbot, make sure to report it by calling 1-866-258-0338 or submitting it online through Fish and Game’s website. You can also participate in the Angler Science Program creel packet program to report your catches. Your efforts will help Fish and Game better understand how to manage this important fishery resource for future generations. So why not give it a go? The winter season may be your chance to finally land that big burbot!