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    Default Help ID this fish

    I'd heard there was some weird bottom fish/ sucker out at Mirror lake. My daughter pulled one up through the ice today. It looks sort of like a Burbot? What is it?

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    Its a Burbot

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    It is an Alaskan Blackfish. http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/pubs/not...h/blackfsh.php

    Pretty common in the local lakes.
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    It does fit the blackfish description.

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    blackfish, and a pretty big one at that!
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    They are eaten raw, on the spot, with a touch of Tobasco.

    I started this rumor.

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    They are like AK's version of a bluegill.
    Yeah I heard they eat them raw in the villages, good luck with that.
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    The ADF&G website says they have been illegally introduced to the Anchorage area. What bodies of water around Anchorage might I find the blackfish? I would love to exhibit a few at the SeaLife center. They sound like they would be easy to transport since they breathe air. How cool is that?

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    like said above, its a blackfish. There are a bunch of them in DeLong Lake near the airport. Thats where I have caught them in the past.
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    word on the street is lake hood has some blackfish, I also heard beer can lake might have some
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    There were blackfish in Fire Lake. Fish the south end of the island. These things can literally freeze up almost solid and still come back to life in the kitchen sink!!! This I know for fact.

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    Default perch too

    Perch can freeze and then start swimming around in the sink whilst you fillet them....kinda weird - but the kids do so enjoy!

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    Yes it is definatly a black fish.
    Yea there are people that eat them raw. I had a friend in Bethel that swallowed them whole and alive.

    Though the freezing thing is a myth, if you freeze them they will die. I have tried this and none of the black fish ever survived. Maybe if you flash freeze them they might survive, but any normal freezing they will die from.

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    Caught one of these through the ice yesterday at Campbell Point Lake. Kind of kicking myself now for not keeping it and seeing how it tasted. Next time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceKing02 View Post
    There were blackfish in Fire Lake. Fish the south end of the island. These things can literally freeze up almost solid and still come back to life in the kitchen sink!!! This I know for fact.
    I can personally vouch for every point made in that post.
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    Beer can aka campbell point lake....has quite a few...lots of funn to watch on the camera...1st time we caught one we did think it was a burbot and fried it on our 55 gallon fire barrel on the lake, was very tasty...later found out they were blackfish....hmm........still tasty!



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    Quote Originally Posted by spoiled one View Post
    It is an Alaskan Blackfish. http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/pubs/not...h/blackfsh.php

    Pretty common in the local lakes.
    thanx for the link spoiled one. I've never in 47 years seen one. The biologist that wrote that report, is sure on the ball and another example of how the ADF&G biologists are money well spent

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    Default Blackfish

    Blackfish,

    BigCox and I saw one with the aquaview in Beer Can Lake that maybe went 12 inches?
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    Taku lake has plenty of them

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