Don't discard fish on ice.

Discarding fish on the ice is illegal

  • It is considered littering to leave fish on the ice when your trip is finished.
  • It is considered wanton waste to leave fish on the ice.

Burbot are the most commonly discarded fish on Lake of the Woods

  • Burbot are native to Lake of the Woods. They have co-existed with other fish for hundreds of years.
  • Burbot are the only freshwater member of the Cod family.
  • They provide excellent table fare. They taste every bit as good as their popular Marine cousins.
  • They are scrappy fighters.
  • They can grow to a large size. The Minnesota state record is 19.5 lbs.  That fish was caught on Lake of the Woods in 2012.

So, give burbot the respect they deserve

  • Keep them to eat, or release them immediately down the hole.

Violators will be ticketed

 

Contact

For more information on the this topic, contact the Baudette Area Fisheries office at 218-634-2522, or email Assistant Area Fisheries Supervisor.