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Common Fish Species of Northwestern Ontario

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Coregonus clupeaformis
Lake Whitefish

Lake Whitefish

Description

Distinguishing Features - Deep-bodied, silvery with pale greenish-brown back, fins clear or lightly pigmented.

Size - Average Weight - 1 - 2 kg (2 - 4 lb). Ontario record - 6.5 kg (14.4 lb).

Habitat

In Lake Superior and cold, deep NW Ontario lakes. Spawning occurs November and December on rocky shoals.

Notes

Lake whitefish school in cold, deep waters and generally feed along the bottom. They are still plentiful in Lake Superior. However, because of their high commercial value, they have all but disappeared from some areas where they were once abundant.


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