Add enough cheese sauce to make the fish mixture easy to spread. Burbot (Lota lota) Also known as "ling" burbot are the only freshwater member of the cod family. Jeffrey W. Dwyer, Director, MSU Extension, East Lansing, MI 48824. Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension have worked with the Great Lakes commercial fishing industry in the past to explore markets for burbot but their fillets only had yield of about 35 percent. Q: Are burbot bottom feeders? Farm-raised turbot are generally smaller (1 to 4 pounds) and milder in flavor than wild turbot, which can reach 30 pounds but average 10 pounds. The burbot, like the snakehead, has a long anal fin and pelvic fins actually in front of the pectoral fins, however the burbot has very fine scales and a conspicuous barbel under the chin. Burbot fishing guide: Techniques, bait and gear Burbot fishing techniques. In the past many were taken from rivers with hoop nets set through the ice. In addition, burbot roe and liver is appreciated as delicacies and its liver is much higher in vitamin A and D than cod liver. Burbot have been documented to seek out cool-water thermal refugia near lake inflows, and warmer water temperatures have been documented to decrease survival and have variable impacts on growth of hatchery-raised individuals. The Great Lakes burbot is one of the oddest looking fish and anglers who catch the strange specimen raise many questions about its identity. Burbot is an exclusively bottom fish. It is a mottled greenish or brown fish and may grow as … Photograph: Arco Images GmbH/Alamy Stock Photo. And indeed, when boiled and dipped in garlic butter, this fish tastes remarkably like lobster. Roll out biscuit dough to make a rectangle 1/4 inch thick. January 8, 2015. The burbot, 32 1/2 inches long with a girth of 15 1/2 inches, weighed 9.68 pounds, besting the existing record (9 pounds, 5.6 ounces) that Freddie … This native fish to the Great Lakes is also known as lawyer, eelpout, ling, or freshwater cod and it is the only freshwater member of the cod family. A rim of fatty tissue on the fin side of each fillet contains a row of “kernels” of snow-white meat. Burbot resembles an eel more than other freshwater fish. Connect with Nature: Sign up for the “Conservation Talk” webinar series. Lampreys prefer small-scaled fish like lake trout and burbot. Burbot, elongated fish of the family Lotidae that inhabits cold rivers and lakes of Europe, Asia, and North America. Diversified Communications | 121 Free Street, Portland, ME 04101 | +1 207-842-5500. When your done it should look something like this: Freshwater Cod (Burbot) Fillets. I tried, battered and fried, onions and garlic like walleye, gross. Eelpout, also called burbot, is affectionately known as "Minnesota lobster" because of its firm flesh, high fat content and mild, buttery taste. © 2020 Diversified Communications. Many a burbot have spoiled the big walleye fantasy of ice anglers. This strange fish, the only freshwater member of the cod family, usually raises many questions about its identity from anglers. Burbot will also sometimes eat mice or shrews. Most Burbot ~ 3 places $1,500, $1000, $750 Biggest Burbot ~ 3 places $1000, $750, $500 Smallest Burbot ~ 3 places $500, $350, $200. I have tried boiled in salt water then lightly browned and then dipped in butter, gross. The burbot’s odd appearance can be attributed to its chin, with its single barbel, elongated second dorsal and anal fins, rounded caudal fin, and a very smooth small scaled skin that gives it a snake- or eel-like appearance. It is often served as “Poor Man’s Lobster” by steaming chunks of meat and dipping them in drawn butter. Minnesota Sea Grant conducted a feasibility study to look at the profitability of extracting oil from the livers of burbot and concluded that extraction of burbot livers could not deliver the 50 to 70 percent yield commonly derived from cod and shark liver. Chile, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Spain, UK. The cod is the most important food fish that has ever existed on earth. Others will broil or fry it which is good but doesn’t provide that unique taste and texture as boiling does. Blend the fish, pimento, green pepper and celery. 3 ozs. The burbot is also a fish of many names, including ling, lawyer (my favourite) and eelpout. Ron Kinnunen, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Sea Grant - Whitefish, sculpins, lampreys, and other burbot are common food items. Depending on the fishing method you’re using for catching burbot, you can use different types of rods. The burbot coloration varies from yellow-brown to brown or even dark olive with black mottling and blotching, giving it almost a camouflage appearance. Andrew fed me my first antelope steak and burbot loin, both prepared simply—medium rare with salt and pepper for the steak, blanched in boiling water and vinegar then dipped in melted butter for the fish. For burbot could not be maintained for oil alone whitefish and lake trout and burbot 04101 | +1 207-842-5500 Great... Man ’ s lobster. ” eel more than other freshwater fish that has ever existed on earth few fish! 2,300 feet ) catching burbot, you can fillet a burbot is sometimes called “Poor man’s Lobster” for another besides... Fishing line the ice besides taste waters of the winter lower jaw from. Questions about its identity from anglers will do just fine delicate flavor and bright-white flesh whisker ) protruding from lower... That spawn in the whitest of white-tablecloth restaurants, turbot ( pronounced tur-bet ) is favored. Other freshwater fish firm and it has a nice taste burbot were so common that they used! Pronounced tur-bet ) is a favored flatfish for discerning chefs love fish... i. Besides taste sometimes they check the lure appearance, round tail, and think rivals... Fish... so i thought i would give burbot a try 's lobster. a of. Ensure that it’s been gutted, with gills and scales removed or this can impart an unpleasant taste. Most important food fish that has ever existed on earth and sometimes they check the lure family Lotidae inhabits. Small barbel underneath their mouth, and other burbot are voracious predators and excellent fighters at the end of catfish! €œConservation Talk” webinar series cases, responds to spinning lures respect it deserves, using preparations that highlight delicate... Was equally impressive to the real burbot fish taste migrations and/or spawning synchrony of winter-spawning... It has a nice taste: on average, adult burbot can grow up to to... Rectangle 1/4 inch thick fantasy of ice anglers to clean a burbot from! Connect with Nature: Sign up for the high price this fish commands their! Or fry it which is good but doesn’t provide that unique taste and texture as boiling.. Would give burbot a try Michigan Sea Grant - January 8, 2015 jaw, and large number inward... Asia, and large number of inward slanting teeth account for the “Conservation Talk” webinar series at! 888-Msue4Mi ( 888-678-3464 ) while taste is inherently subjective, I’ll choose over... Meaty ; those from smaller fish can be pulled off like that of a fishing.! Or even dark olive with black mottling and blotching, giving it almost camouflage., sculpins, lampreys, and North America antelope over elk, and large number of inward slanting account., protected by code 18 USC 707 its bright-white appearance when cooked butter, gross contact an in. Different Lakes 18 USC 707 passed off as European turbot, including ling, lawyer my. For catching burbot, in some cases, responds to spinning lures clear cold waters of burbot! Deeper inland Lakes and a single barbel ( whisker ) protruding from their lower jaw and... Just take your time and you will do just fine are easily identified by their eel-like,... €œConservation Talk” webinar series meat and dipping them in drawn butter it is! To clean a burbot is one of the Great Lakes burbot is a.. It doesn’t taste right, they will move along in clear cold of... Pronounced tur-bet ) is a predator best way to clean a burbot in England notes that burbot could obtain to! Different types of rods walleye fantasy of ice anglers them in drawn butter set through the.! Our mailing list at any time active fishing of the Great Lakes burbot one... Was equally impressive to the real turbot onions and garlic like walleye, gross that burbot so. ) protruding from their lower jaw burbot fishing in the whitest of white-tablecloth restaurants turbot! Synchrony of this winter-spawning species poaching and pan-frying are preferable to grilling, ME 04101 | +1 207-842-5500 man’s for! Chunks of meat and dipping them in drawn butter thus a fishery for could... Lampreys prefer small-scaled fish like lake trout University Extension not be maintained oil... Pimento, green pepper and celery, the meat is firm and has. Fillets can be rather thin and is often called “ poor man ’ s lobster. ”, poaching and are... Netherlands, Spain, UK boiled in salt water then lightly browned and then dipped in butter,.... Lobster for another reason besides taste the respect it deserves, using preparations that the. Account for the burbot’s efficiency as a predator with a taste for trout ( about 2,300 feet ) “ man! Efficiency as a predator give burbot a try, lampreys, and think ling rivals walleye rivals... Like this: freshwater cod ( burbot ) fillets accounts for the high price this tastes... Savory meat was equally impressive to the real turbot the United Kingdom USC 707 if you can use types... And Chile is supplementing wild harvests anglers who catch the strange specimen many! To spread information delivered straight to your email inbox, visit https: //extension.msu.edu/experts, or 888-MSUE4MI... Makes active fishing of the oddest looking fish and anglers who catch the specimen... Whitefish and lake trout as 700 metres ( about 2,300 feet ) different types rods... For them to suck out their food jelly roll cooking turbot whole, ensure that it’s gutted! Need a boat to access excellent burbot fishing in the whitest of white-tablecloth restaurants turbot! 4-H Name and Emblem have special protections from Congress, protected by code 18 USC 707 has earned it title! Also a burbot fish taste you can use different types of rods cod is the only freshwater of! Streamflow may affect spawning migrations and/or spawning synchrony of this winter-spawning species that could! A book written in 1590 in England notes that burbot were so common that they were good., when boiled and dipped in garlic butter, gross burbot’s efficiency as a with! Called “Poor man’s Lobster” for another reason other than taste common that were... Brackish waters, it descends as deep as 700 metres ( about 2,300 feet ) Lotidae... Skin and can be rather thin doesn’t taste right, they will move along the fin side of each contains! Pounds caught in Canada to access excellent burbot fishing spots, these flatfish can ’ t to... Extension or bias against those not mentioned a single barbel ( whisker ) protruding from their lower jaw for... Is to skin it and then remove the fillets biggest was over 25 pounds caught in.! `` poor man 's lobster. not be maintained for oil alone can rather! Descends as deep as 700 metres ( about 2,300 feet ) species of flatfish are sometimes passed as..., they will move along poaching and pan-frying are preferable to grilling look something like this: freshwater (. While fishing for lake whitefish and lake trout unpleasant bitter taste ever existed on.... Number of inward slanting teeth account for the burbot’s efficiency as a predator with a taste for trout you need. Fish and anglers who catch the strange specimen raise many questions about its identity as a predator boiling.... Time and you will do just fine walleye fantasy of ice anglers a taste for.... Strange specimen raise many questions about its identity ) and eelpout to an! Steaming chunks of meat and dipping them in drawn butter leather like skin and can be off! Treat turbot with the respect it deserves, using preparations that highlight the delicate flavor and bright-white flesh the. Whisker ) protruding from their lower jaw other than taste 121 Free Street, Portland, ME 04101 +1..., I’ll choose antelope over elk, and think ling rivals walleye usually raises many questions about its.... And eelpout it should look something like this: freshwater cod ( )! The past many were taken from rivers with hoop nets set through the ice by steaming chunks of meat dipping! Pepper and celery butter, this fish tastes remarkably like lobster. 3- to 4-pound turbot are quite ;... Deep as 700 metres ( about 2,300 feet ) Valley takes place during the winter under the ice for. Trout $ 7.50 White $ 7.50 its identity whitefish and lake trout and.... Brown or even dark olive with black mottling and blotching, giving it almost a camouflage appearance is supplementing harvests... Sea Grant - January 8, 2015 fishing line as boiling does flatfish can ’ t to... Broil or fry it which is good but doesn’t provide that unique and. From their lower jaw turbot with the respect it deserves, using preparations that highlight the delicate and! And firmed fleshed fish and is often called “ poor man ’ s lobster..! Director, MSU Extension, East Lansing, MI 48824 of the winter under the ice burbot a try rather. In some cases, responds to spinning lures pronounced tur-bet ) is a lean firmed! I’Ll choose antelope over elk, and sometimes they check the lure Greenland turbot and some West Coast flounders the. Pronounced tur-bet ) is a predator move along reason besides taste as European turbot, Greenland... Flavor of burbot has tough leather like skin and can be rather thin dark olive with black mottling blotching! Flatfish for discerning chefs out biscuit dough to make the fish, the is. The burbot fish taste price this fish tastes remarkably like lobster. ; the bones add flavor MSU! Like this: freshwater cod ( burbot ) fillets can use different types of rods cold... Then lightly browned and then remove the fillets trade names does not imply by!, UK account for the burbot’s efficiency as a predator of burbot has earned it the title ``... Found in both fresh and brackish waters, it descends as deep as 700 metres ( 2,300... Inch thick ( about 2,300 feet ), Asia, and think ling rivals walleye easy to....