The venerable eelpout, also referred to as the burbot or lawyer, is quite possibly the least appreciated fish to swim in lakes across the ice belt. This is a cold-water fish that is only rarely caught during the warmer months, as ‘pout move deep to remain within their preferred thermal range. However, as winter drags on, these slimy, whiskered, and aggressive fish move to shallow reefs and deep-water humps to spawn. Indeed, eelpout are quite unusual in that their reproductive alarms often sound in February and March, frequently associated with those months’ cold, bright full moons. Oh, and I did I mention that eelpout are typically most active at night? Yes, the burbot is a bit backwards.