Wyoming fishermen who catch tagged fish win prizes

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 2:24 PM

The Associated Press

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. -- Fishermen will have a chance to win big money and a two-year lease on a new truck during the upcoming annual Burbot Bash at Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

The tournament kicks off this weekend and goes through Jan. 26.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says 50 burbot have been tagged and released. The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reports fishermen who catch burbot over the next several weeks will be eligible to win more than $100,000 in prizes.

One burbot carries a tag worth $25,000. There are also two $10,000 fish and one $5,000 fish. All other tagged fish are worth $200.

Participants will be entered to win a two-year lease on a 2014 Ford F-150 truck.

Burbot were introduced to Flaming Gorge illegally and the tournament helps reduce their numbers.

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