Deep in the waters of the Great Lakes lives the only freshwater member of the cod family, the burbot (Lota lota). Known by many other names, including the lawyer and the eelpout, the burbot is a predator that lives near the bottom of lakes. Burbot are solitary predators that feed on smaller fish but when the water cools down, burbot gather to spawn in the middle of winter. The burbot supports a small commercial fishery in Lake Michigan and is prized for its flaky, white flesh (aka poor-man’s-lobster). This virtual presentation and demonstration discusses the biology and ecology of the burbot and then peeks inside with a live dissection of an actual burbot
After you watch the video, challenge yourself!
Learn more about the burbot!
- Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Fish ID
- Eat Wisconsin Fish – about burbot
- Recipes for cooking Great Lakes fish
- Minnesota DNR’s burbot page
- news article: Burbot fish sing during spawning
- journal article: Under-ice acoustic signaling
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