The winter season presents a unique opportunity for anglers to participate in the Kootenai River fishery by using reporting tags. By doing so, Fish and Game can better understand burbot catch rates, harvest rates, and survival rates, which ultimately helps to improve the overall health of the fishery. Reporting tags come with a reward value of $100, making this winter season a chance to earn some extra cash while enjoying your time on the river.
If you encounter a tagged burbot while fishing in the Kootenai River, it’s important to report the tag number and location where you caught the fish. You can do this by calling 1-866-258-0338, submitting your report online or as part of the Angler Science Program creel packet. Your contribution will help Fish and Game gather valuable data that will aid in managing the burbot population in the river.
For some people, winter is a time to relax and unwind at home. However, for others it’s an opportunity to challenge themselves and try their hand at catching one of nature’s most elusive creatures – the native and once rare burbot in the Kootenai River. With reporting tags available for use throughout the winter season, this could be your chance to earn some extra cash while enjoying a thrilling fishing experience on one of Idaho’s most beautiful rivers.