Fun Fish Facts

Fun Fish Facts List

  • The largest lake whitefish on record weighed a whopping 42.67 lbs. (18.9 kg), caught in Lake Superior in 1918.

  • From about 800 A.D. to the 1600s, many Native American families in the Great Lakes region had established fishing villages and gardens of corn, squash and beans.

  • Saute nuts in butter to make a quick and delicious sauce for Great Lakes Whitefish; try almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts or pine nuts.

  • The scientific name for lake whitefish is Coregonus clupeaformis.

  • The Anishinabe (Native American) word for Great Lakes Whitefish is Atikamig.

  • Fannie Farmer’s 1918 Boston Cooking School cookbook calls whitefish “the finest fish found in the Great Lakes.”

  • Whitefish prefer to spawn on rock, honeycomb limestone, gravel or sand.

  • Great Lakes Whitefish contains more omega-3 fatty acids than pink and sockeye salmon.

  • The Great Lakes sprawl over 95,000 square miles.

  • The five Great Lakes hold a combined total of about 5500 million cubic miles of fresh water.

  • Early Native Americans would make a powder of smoked Great Lakes Whitefish for use in stew, soups and fish pies; they would also mix the powder with fresh blueberries.

  • It’s been said that “nobody got rich, but they did get by” on the Great Lakes fishing industry.

  • The Great Lakes Whitefish isn’t quite white: the skin is actually greenish-brown on the back, with silver sides and a silvery-white belly.