Burbot Management and Research


Sport and Subsistence fisheries exist for burbot in Alaska. Sport fisheries for burbot in Alaska are managed on an area wide scale, drainage wide scale, and occasionally a lake specific scale depending on the number of fisheries that exist in an area and their popularity amongst anglers. For most parts of the state, the limit is 15 burbot per day. In the more heavily fished areas like the upper Susitna drainage (i.e., the Tyone River system), drainage wide regulations are in effect to protect all populations (in this case a bag limit of 2 burbot) within a drainage. Sometimes within these areas, specific lakes have even more conservative regulations. For example, Lake Louise has a bag limit is one burbot. Please check the regulations for your specific area.

Like all species of fish in Alaska, catch and harvest of burbot is tracked through the ADF&G Sport Fish Division annual mail-out Statewide Harvest Survey. In places where subsistence harvest takes place, harvest is often times tracked by door to door household surveys.


Most research on burbot in Alaska revolves around sampling burbot with baited hoop traps (fyke traps) to estimate length composition and/or abundance. Rigorous studies were completed throughout the late 1980's extending into the early 2000's. Most of this research was centered around the Glennallen/Paxson area where overharvest likely took place in many lakes in the 1970's and 1980's. Research has been limited the last several years as current management strategies seem to be providing sustainable harvest rates.