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ADF&G releases "how-to" burbot fishing videos

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Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 11:09 am | Updated: 2:01 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

Just in time for the ice fishing season, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has rolled out a new web page on how to fish for burbot.

The highlight of the page, located on the Division of Sport Fish’s web site, is a pair of informative “How-to” videos — “How to Set Line for Burbot” and “How to Clean a Burbot.”

The only freshwater member of the cod family, burbot are common in many Interior rivers and lakes. They are sometimes called “poor man’s lobster” because their firm, white flesh resembles lobster in texture and taste when it is boiled and dipped in garlic butter.

Using the frozen Tanana River on a mid-December day as the setting, the videos star the department’s resident burbot expert, sport fish biologist Matt Evenson, who shows novice burbot fishermen everything they need to know about fishing for burbot through the ice using set lines.

In “How to Set Line for Burbot,” which runs for just under 15 minutes, Evenson explains and demonstrates both the strong line and pole set techniques of fishing for burbot and goes over what equipment is needed for both methods.

In “How to Clean a Burbot,” Evenson demonstrates how to skin and fillet a freshly-caught burbot by peeling the skin off with a pair of pliers and then cutting the meat off the sides and belly of the fish. That video is about 10 minutes long.

To check out the new web page and watch the videos, go to


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