It’s the coldest time of the year, and here we are. Standing on the frozen river late at night, ice fishing. Welcome to the Burbot Festival.
The burbot requires frigid temperatures to breed. So says Wikipedia, and Wikipedia must be right unless it’s wrong. In this particular case, it’s probably true.
Or, as long-time fishing guide Peter Schmitt puts it, “fishing burbot is unfortunately at its best right now, the coldest time of the year, so you should to dress properly not to freeze”. He likes it, though. “Getting out on the snowmobile now when it’s plenty of moonlight, with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate… It’s nice.”