Burbot, often referred to as freshwater lings offer some of the most deliciouis eating available in many eastern Washington waters and they bite well in cold weather and at night. They resemble chunky eels and are often taken on baits and minnows fished near the botom through the ice and after dark.
Most of the fishing pressure takes place during the winter and one of the most popular places is Frankline D. Roosevelt Lake. The world record for burbot is 24 pounds 12 ounces, taken from Alaska’s Lake Louise and the Washington’s state record for burbot is 17 pounds six ounces from Bead Lake.
One of very few guides that handle fishing trips for burbot is Craig Dowdy, who along with his wife Melinda, operates YJ Guide Service out of Davenport, Washington and books burbot trips to Roosevelt Lake during the winter months.