|These relatives of the Cod Family (Gadidae) were left as Lake Erie residents
subsequent to the last retreat of the continental ice sheet some 14,000 years ago.
like their marine relatives, prefer colder waters and therefore are restricted to the deeper waters of Lake Erie during
the summer months. They move to shallower waters after fall cool-down to eventually spawn during the winter. Their
young seem to tolerate warmer water as they can be found in the near-shore shallows around and under rocks and bedrock
shelving during their entire first year.
In Pennsylvania, burbot are not unique to Lake Erie, where they are considered abundant. Their maximum length is
somewhat longer than 30 inches and the Lake Erie burbot population should continue to prosper in the future. Regulations
for Lake Erie are listed within our Fishing Summary Books.
Elsewhere in the state their populations are considered poorly established and the burbot is considered a endangered
species, not to be caught or possessed.