This is the burbot, Lota lota. It is a one-of-a-kind fish. It is the only member of the genus Lota, and is a freshwater cod. Some nicknames include eelpout, ling and my personal favorite, the lawyer. Not sure where the last one originates, I just like it. This is a 4 year old fish, resting in the slow current of Deep Creek just after being released by stocking methods. Note the smaller juvenile age zero (born this year) burbot under the pectoral fin of the larger fish. Captured in north Idaho.
The burbot or bubbot is the only gadiform freshwater fish. Also known as mariah, the lawyer, and eelpout, the burbot is closely related to the marine common ling and the cusk. It is the only member of the genus ''Lota''.