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I have heard of them in the inner before, may not have been true. But never in the river...
 

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Caught one roughly 20 yrs ago on the channel edge next to spoils island through the ice. It was 3rd biggest in the state that year (I think it was 9 lb+). I was about 10 yrs old and bored with walleye fishing. I put on a tiny jigging rapala and pulled up an ugly "thing". At first we thought dogfish, but it didn't look right... took it home and found out it was a burbot, and a relatively big one. Got a master angler for it and I THINK a letter from Fred Trost (don't remember if the letter was for a tagged eye or the burbot...)


Edit: must have been more than 20 yrs ago... searched master angler since 1994 and can't find it. Any way to look up prior to 1994?
 

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Never heard of any caught in the river but hear of 1 or 2 a year taken out of the inner bay on the eastside. Seems more of them are caught around caseville or tawas
 

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Burbot are very good to eat... to each their own.

I'm not sure about the hat. This was late 80s early 90s. I was probably 8
 

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Nah. My dad. I have found old pics at work from the late 80s with the engineers wearing the same style glasses. Apparently that was the style lol.

That was back when we had a hard time catching anything but hog walleye. The river wasn't loaded with dinks at all.
 

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Friends told me they catch them in the UP but said they call em fresh water cod! Haven't heard much talk about them around here.
 
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