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Cedar Lake man sets record-breaking burbot catch on Lake Michigan

LAKE MICHIGAN (IUSTV News) – A Cedar Lake man has snagged what is now the state-record burbot after catching the 14-pound fish in Lake Michigan on Jan. 6.

Anthony Burke beat out the previous record, set by Philip Duracz, (pictured below), by nearly three pounds.

The previous state-record burbot was set by Philip Duracz in Jan. 2023 (Indiana DNR)

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Burbot are native to Lake Michigan and most of the time, are away from the shore and in deep cold water. In the winter, they move to shallow waters to feed.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, burbot have delicate white flesh and have large livers that provide vitamin D.

The Indiana Record Fish Program has two different categories for awards: the ‘State Record Fish’ and ‘Fish of the Year.’ Visit the DNR website for more information on rules and forms to enter.