In the waters of Red Lake, Burbot, also known as “poor man’s lobster,” are a fascinating and often overlooked species. These freshwater fish have a distinctive appearance, resembling a cross between a catfish and an eel. Burbot lack traditional scales, with an elongated body adorned in mottled or marbled patterns along their olive to brownish skin. Typically ranging from 18 to 36 inches in length, with some individuals reaching even greater sizes, they are a substantial catch. Burbot are bottom feeders and are often found in the deep, cooler waters of Red Lake, where they thrive. When filleted, burbot provide a unique culinary delight, offering two rows of delicious white meat that is perfect for boiling and dipping in melted butter. These characteristics make burbot a hidden gem for those who appreciate their distinctive taste and texture, often making for a satisfying and flavorful addition to any angler’s catch.