Came across that ^ frozen waste in the Brainerd Lakes Area (MN) the other day. If you’re not going to take the time to clean what you catch = let it go for another person to enjoy.
Years ago, it used to be quite common to see the random burbot lying slaughtered on the ice – frozen and wasted. This is illegal, ignorant and frowned upon with any species, and burbot are no different. In case you didn’t know: Burbot are actually good indicators of a healthy fishery.
They provide excellent table fare. Yes, they taste muy delicioso! Boiled, deep fried, or even pan seared like scallops…burbot are known as the “poor man’s lobster” for a reason. Gotta clean ’em a little differently though – almost like cutting the backstraps out of a deer.
I realize there is [at the time of writing this] no limit on burbot in MN, but let’s practice selective harvest. Keep the smaller males if possible and let those big ladies swim. Did you know that approximately 20-30% of a big females weight is thanks to her eggs? That’s a lot of baby burbs!
Over the last 8-ish years, they’ve quickly become my favorite species to target through the ice. Hook into just a schmedium-sized ‘pout and you’d swear you were pulling up a 24-27″ walleye.
So sit back, enjoy the ride, and hope your drag is set accordingly. RESPECT THE POUT!
Whew. Okay, okay, I’m done.