The Poor Man's Lobster: Burbot

Burbot (Lota lota) is also known as bubbot, freshwater cod, lush, lingcod, lawyer, coney-fish, eelpout, mariah and freshwater cusk. This many-named fish is a gadiform, or a fancy way of saying its cod-like. 

Many Alaskan's enjoy catching this fish, as it is a tasty white fish. In fact, many say it resembles the taste of lobster, hence its other name, the poor man's lobster. Do not be fooled by its catfish looking face. It can be an aggressive catch. 

Burbot like cold deep water and so are found plentifully in lakes around the state. They can be caught in the summertime but are also sought after in the wintertime for ice fishing season. So next time you are strapped for cash and are really craving some lobster, try some Alaskan caught burbot and you might be pleasantly surprised at the alternative.