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I have heard many good things about the eating quality of this fish. I would like to try it but I can't seem to find any stores/restaurants that have it. I know someplace has to since they commercial fish for them even in Erie.


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Lake Whitefish is the most common commercially caught fish on all of the great lakes. I believe you can find the exact numbers somewhere on the GLFC website. I believe more often than not, if you are eating fish caught from the great lakes, it is whitefish, regardless of how it is branded.
 

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There is also a saltwater whitefish which is quite often what you see in the big chain groceries......I've always gotten my freshwater whitefish in michigian and Minnesota.....

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They have been running up some Michigan rivers recently , eating salmon spawn. This time 2 years ago I was catching them from a bridge over the thunder bay in Alpena on tiny spawn sacs. There were so many of them that you could feel them swimming into the line and about one out of every three were accidental snags. I threw any snagged ones back and gave the ones caught in the mouth to other fishermen fishing nearby. I should have kept some but salmon were my main goal and was not prepared to bring back a bunch of whitefish. I sort of stumbled into the whitefish as I was about to call it quits for the night.

There are places around the country where if you buy whitefish its the saltwater variety but from what Ive seen usually in the great lakes area the whitefish available are from the lakes.
 

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How would one catch a lake whitefish when on Lake Erie?
 

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How would one catch a lake whitefish when on Lake Erie?
I haven't really fished for them, but hope I can get on some through the ice. They have fairly small mouths, so smaller baits will be your best bet. They are also cold water fish, so deep water will be key. On Lake Erie I'd think your best bet would be in the eastern basin, where it's much deeper and colder, or through the ice.
 

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I tried them several years ago at a fish n chips stand close to a commercial fishing dock in Killarney, Ontario. They were quite tasty. I tried it again at a restaurant in the U.P. last August and didn't particularly care for it. Not bad though, along the lines of a Pollock, I would say? Give me yellow perch or walleye any day though.
 

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Right around Nov 15th the Whitefish come into the rivers to spawn. They are caught on hook and line off the breakwalls. The fish can run from 5 to 10 pounds each and have a mouth like a crappie, the hook can tear out easy. The main tactic is a single salmon egg, with a slip bobber and they are eager biters. There is a limit but many make the trip for the fish, they fry, bake and are the most popular smoked fish, i think. It would be a great fishing trip as you sit on a cement pier and limit on big tasty fish. I have heard that the AuSable river in Oscoda has been having some super runs in the past years also. Look at the Michigan Sportsman web site, down to great lakes piers as they have forums and there should be plenty of threads, you still have time to get after them. I have never heard of them in Erie but I do know they are there, I know no one that has caught on Erie.
 

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The Hungry Bear Restaurant in Litchfield, Ohio has an All-You-Can-Eat Whitefish Dinner on Fridays. If You go there, tell them that You want your Fish Well-Done because Whitefish seem to have a lot of moisture in their Flesh which gets the Breading soggy. Well-Done takes care of that problem.
 

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The Hungry Bear Restaurant in Litchfield, Ohio has an All-You-Can-Eat Whitefish Dinner on Fridays. If You go there, tell them that You want your Fish Well-Done because Whitefish seem to have a lot of moisture in their Flesh which gets the Breading soggy. Well-Done takes care of that problem.
That just sounds like asking for dry, over cooked fish to me. Over cooked fish is the reason I thought all fish was gross and wouldn't eat it for almost a decade. After cooking it right, myself, and eating it at a few places that knew what they were doing. I'm back to being one who loves to eat fish.
 

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That just sounds like asking for dry, over cooked fish to me. Over cooked fish is the reason I thought all fish was gross and wouldn't eat it for almost a decade. After cooking it right, myself, and eating it at a few places that knew what they were doing. I'm back to being one who loves to eat fish.
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I didn't mean for that to sound negative toward you, sorry. Just throwing out my opinion on over cooked fish. I'll even eat certain types of fish more on the medium side. I just can't ruin a nice piece of tuna or salmon by cooking it well done. But, all other fish I want just cooked through. Smoked fish is another story all together.
 

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The Hungry Bear Restaurant in Litchfield, Ohio has an All-You-Can-Eat Whitefish Dinner on Fridays. If You go there, tell them that You want your Fish Well-Done because Whitefish seem to have a lot of moisture in their Flesh which gets the Breading soggy. Well-Done takes care of that problem.
I'm certainly no Whitefish expert, but everything I've read about them indicated that their flesh was quite oily. In some parts of the country they are known as "smokers", as in smoking was the only way to render them edible.

I'm not a big fan of oily fleshed fish. Even with salmon, and I love salmon, I will make sure to remove the lateral line which is loaded with tiny, oil filled glands. The salmon uses the lateral line to sense vibrations in the water. Whatever, it is NASTY tasting and I get rid of it.
 

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I'm certainly no Whitefish expert, but everything I've read about them indicated that their flesh was quite oily. In some parts of the country they are known as "smokers", as in smoking was the only way to render them edible.

I'm not a big fan of oily fleshed fish. Even with salmon, and I love salmon, I will make sure to remove the lateral line which is loaded with tiny, oil filled glands. The salmon uses the lateral line to sense vibrations in the water. Whatever, it is NASTY tasting and I get rid of it.
Smoking them is definitely NOT the only way to make them edible. However they are very good smoked. You can cook them any way you would cook walleye or perch, they're really good baked.
 
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