Winter fishing in the Kootenai River provides a unique opportunity for anglers to target the native and once rare burbot. Not only is it an exciting adventure, but it also contributes to the conservation efforts of this elusive fish species. By reporting tags, anglers can provide valuable information to Fish and Game that will help improve the understanding of burbot catch rates, harvest rates, and survival rates. This data is important for managing and conserving the burbot population in the Kootenai River.
In addition to helping with conservation efforts, reporting tags can also be rewarding for anglers. Select tags carry a reward value of $100, so if you happen to come across one during your winter fishing excursions, it could be your lucky year! All you have to do is report the tag number and location of where you caught the fish to Fish and Game.
Reporting can be done in several ways, including over the phone (1-866-258-0338), online, or as part of the Angler Science Program creel packet. The information you provide will contribute to ongoing research and help ensure the sustainability of the burbot population for future generations of anglers to enjoy.
For those who enjoy the thrill of winter fishing, the Kootenai River offers a unique opportunity to target this elusive fish species. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or just starting out, catching burbot and contributing to their conservation efforts makes for an exciting winter fishing adventure.