Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Wyoming
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Wyoming Project

Burbot migration and movement: the impact of a managed flow regime

January 2012 - December 2015


Participating Agencies

  • Wyoming Game and Fish Department
  • U.S. Geological Survey

The goal of this study is to evaluate the impact of flow management practices on burbot. We will examine the relationship between seasonal out-migration patterns and flow and temperature regimes. We will also determine the age and size-structure of burbot migrants which will be susceptible to entrainment by irrigation diversions. In addition, a secondary goal is to examine the status of burbot in the upper Wind River. Specific objectives that will be addressed are: 1. Determine the timing of burbot out-migration. 2. Determine the age and size-structure of burbot migrants. 3. Evaluate the relationship between burbot out-migration and flow regimes. 4. Determine whether the Wind River supports a self-sustaining population of burbot.