Alaska Burbot Fishing Spots
Burbot, also known as "Poor-man's lobster" because of its distinct lobster-y flavor, is a sought after game fish that is found only in more northern areas. Here’s where to find them:
Burbot Fishing Spots
Stop at Long Lake, at mile 45.2, to see a popular spot for sockeye salmon to spawn. Every year, 18,000 sockeye salmon swim up the Chitina and Copper Rivers to spawn in Long Lake. This is a very unique run, salmon begin entering the lake as late as September and spawn until April.
This confluence is one of the most popular fisheries in South Central Alaska. Located about 60 miles north of Anchorage on the Parks Highway, it offers excellent fishing for four of the major salmon species: kings, silvers, chums and pinks. It also features big rainbows (up to 30 inches) and Dolly Varden, as well as Arctic Grayling. You’ll also find, in small numbers, burbot and whitefish.
Avoid the crowds and explore a local favorite. This 6.2‑mile out-and-back trail, located in Willow, Alaska, takes travelers on a winding journey along boreal forest floor. The payoff is at the turnaround point, which features views of Red Shirt Lake’s shoreline. At the lake, fish for northern pike and keep an ear out for loons, which frequent the area.