The Burbot fish is also called an eelpout because it is part of the fish family called Lotidae with elongated bodies. It is found in the cold rivers and deep lakes of the European, North American, and Asian regions. It is a fish that usually nests and swims along the bottom of the water body with either fresh or brackish water. It is a highly valued food item in some areas of the world. Their delicate white meat is what Alaskans who are away from the coast enjoy as a treat.


The fish has tan or yellow blotchy skin that appears in various shades, including black, grey, olive, and yellow. Their anal fins and the long dorsal fin are extended to the round-shaped caudal fin, and they also have a distinct barbel on their lower jaw.

They are known as a breed that lives long and takes about 6-7 years to mature and start spawning. Adult Burbots from deep lakes have a darker appearance or can even appear black.

Habitat and Lifestyle

This fish?s population is common in areas above 40 degrees Fahrenheit like the north, such as Canadian, northern USA, and European regions. There are notable places such as the Kamchatka Peninsula, the extreme west of British Columbia, the Norwegian west coast, etc.

They are found deep down in the cold water, where the depth can even be up to 700 feet. It is one of the few fish that spawns during the winter under the cold ice.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

Burbot fish are common bottom-feeders, so the fishing line must be at the bottom. Anglers can even fish by first working the jig on the bottom.

Catching them with glow-in-the-dark lures will allow them to fall for the bait better. You can try the different approaches that you know, like ice fishing and such.

Peak Season

Burbot spawn once a year, and the peak season is during the winter December-March.

Best Bait

The following include the different tackle, lure, and bait that are used to catch the Burbot:

  • Insects
  • Curled Fish Roe
  • Jigs
  • Spoons
  • Flies