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BURBOT

Fishing for Burbot

Spinning, Fly fishing, Fresh water fishing, Game fishing, Ice fishing, Spearfishing


If you want to catch something different and unusual that kicks up a good fight, look no further than the burbot.

Also, known as the freshwater ling, burbot are found throughout cool, deep waters across North America. They flourish in colder temperatures than other freshwater game fish, making it a great species to go for year around.

Besides trying out burbot ice fishing, dead, natural bait sticking down near the water's floor is most effective method besides lures and spinners.

Burbot, like carp or catfish have a sensory taste organ on their single barbel that helps them locate food through sandy, or difficult bottoms. With this sensitive barbel, burbot can detect something delicious, or something false, quicker than other fish, making lures, spoons and spinners a little bit less effective than live bait.

Besides getting to the deep depths of most burbot habitats, the species is very nocturnal and is seldom caught during the daytime. This should not discourage the angler, rather spark a challenge.

Burbot is a light, delicious fish similar to cod when baked or fried. It is a 'must try' for the experimental angler and cook!

Basic Info


Scientific name: Lota lota Size: 30 – 120 cm

Weight: 12 kg

Lifespan: 15 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Fresh water fishing, Game fishing, Ice fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): From the British Isles across Europe and Asia to the Bering Strait, in North America from the Seward Peninsula in Alaska to New Brunswick along the Atlantic coast