The Burbot is an invasive species and the event is meant to help keep the numbers of burbot down in the reservoir. It is a freshwater fish like a cod and has a serpentine-like body. They eat a lot when they feed at night. Being nocturnal feeders makes it concerning because most fish in the Flaming Gorge are day-time feeders. Regulating the number of burbots, dramatically helps the populations of natural fish in the reservoir and maintains a positive eco-system in general.
Over $30,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs in this family-friendly (and COVID-friendly) winter event.