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Burbot Fish on Underwater Camera

Burbot might as well be the groundhogs of the fish world. Each winter, almost like clockwork, burbot (aka eelpout) suddenly become common catches among ice anglers in the northern reaches of the U.S. and into Canada and Alaska. Intriguing about the enigmatic eelpout is that for the rest of the year, no one particularly knows where they go. We know that the species’ circumpolar natural range stretches from the Great Lakes to Alaska and across the Bering Strait to Europe…

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Guide with large Burbot

Eelpout are in. Burbot are a big deal. Lawyers are likable. Really? Actually, yes. This lone freshwater member of the cod family easily qualifies for the most interesting fish in the world—right up there with megamouth sharks, pufferfish and those bizarre, alien-like creatures that haunt the deep seas. Particularly intriguing about the enigmatic eelpout is that for most of the year, no one particularly knows where they go. We know that the species’ circumpolar natural range stretches from the Great…

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