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Old 03-22-2013, 07:34 PM   #1
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Never heard of these. Buddy of mine is chef and they got a bunch in. Anybody else catch them? Thanks
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They do a lot of white fish in Lake Michigan through the ice.

I think Stedke has a Lake Erie population theory.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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Couple were caught two years ago off Sherrod night trolling. Tubuzz got one around 24". They are great table fare and fantastic when smoked.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:22 PM   #4
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There out there, was very good smoked. Lost a few too.
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They are being taken commercially in Ohio waters.
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Any caught by trollers have been snagged. they feed on tiny stuff. Some netters caught 10s of thousands of pounds last fall. Big time come back in the lake. Good sign of a healthy lake.
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Good sign that they are coming back into the lake. They are common in Canada inland walleye lakes. They are rarely ever caught though. At Esnagi lake in Ontario the guides said if you could catch them you couldnt keep them unless you were native to the area.

Does anyone know if they are considered a game fish?
Do they have an air bladder?
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I assume you're asking because of marking on a fish finder and the answer is yes they do. In fact last Spring we had great marks between Niagera & C can, and couldn't get a smell, moved about 1.5 miles east, had a few marks, and got a good bite going. Afterwards I wondered if the marks N of Niagera might have been white fish, because that's the area the commercial guys had been working.
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http://www.epa.gov/med/grosseile_sit...whitefish.html

http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7...5680--,00.html

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In the late 1800's, Dunkirk, NY had dozens of commercial tugs fishing for whitefish to supply the New York City market with fresh fish. The Erie Railroad built a rail line to take the fish to New York City. Ice houses stored tons of ice harvested from the lake in the winter to preserve the fresh fish for transport. New York State built a hatchery there for enhancing the whitefish fishery.
The whitefish disapeared about 1955 as the hordes of invading predator smelt devastated the cold water species such as whitefish, herring[ciscoe], lake trout and blue pike. Ontario trawled millions of tons of smelt for years to process and ship to Asian markets. In the mid 1970's salmon and other trout were stocked to work on the smelt masses. Then the lake returned from being a "Dead Lake" as the media termed it to a tourist attracting venue we now enjoy.
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I assume you're asking because of marking on a fish finder and the answer is yes they do. In fact last Spring we had great marks between Niagera & C can, and couldn't get a smell, moved about 1.5 miles east, had a few marks, and got a good bite going. Afterwards I wondered if the marks N of Niagera might have been white fish, because that's the area the commercial guys had been working.

Yes Jim you are correct. That is why I was asking.

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