CASPER, Wyo. — A new ice fishing contest called the “Buckboard Pup-ulation Control Contest” offers people prizes for catching tagged lake trout from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
“On December 10, Green River resident Don Phillips caught the first tagged lake trout in Buckboard Bay, while fishing from shore for rainbow trout,” Game and Fish said on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Because he had registered for the contest prior to turning in the tag, Philips received a $100 prize rather than $25. Registering also makes him eligible for the contest’s grand prize drawing.
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These are the available prizes:
- Grand: 16’ Fishing Boat with motor- value $5,000
- 2nd Place: 14’ Fishing Boat with motor – value, $3,500
- 3rd Place: Guided Kokanee Fishing trip for 4 during Kokanee season – must have valid fishing license for WY (includes boat, guide, and lunch)
“While the new owners of Buckboard Marina at Flaming Gorge have been busy remodeling the marina infrastructure, they are committed to doing what they can to help enhance the fishery in Flaming Gorge Reservoir,” Game and Fish says. “In cooperation with the Game and Fish they hatched the idea for this contest.”
“The main goal of the contest is to draw attention to the abundance of small lake trout in Flaming Gorge Reservoir and encourage anglers to harvest more lake trout less than 25 inches.”
Game and Fish say they learned something from Phillips’ catch.
“The location where Don caught the tagged lake trout is interesting”, according to John Walrath, Green River Fisheries Biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. “First, because no lake trout were captured, tagged, or released in Buckboard Bay. Secondly, because the lake trout Don caught was tagged and released over 10 miles way.”
Walrath says that this is a good time of year to catch both large and small lake trout in Flaming Gorge.
“As lake trout complete their spawn activity they are on the prowl looking for food,” he said. “The winter months are a great time to pursue lake trout because they can be caught from shore, boat and ice (once it’s thick enough). Unlike the warm months when lake trout are restricted to the deep cold waters in Flaming Gorge, the cold water of winter allows lake trout to cruise the shallows as well.”
More information about lake trout is available from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.