The Wiley Whitefish….

In our continuing effort to showcase all the species we fish for here at VBL I present the whitefish. There is a good “how to” whitefish section on the VBL website that gives a background on how to catch this overlooked species. With a generous limit of 25 on a regular licence, they are well worth the effort…….very tasty as well.

Whitefish are a deep water fish that can be caught on Eagle and Clearwater Lake. I must say that most of our whitefish efforts take place on Clearwater Lake………catching most of them as we jig for lakers.

Which bodes the question……”Why don’t we do more of this on Eagle?” Good question. Perhaps we should take up the challenge in 2011 and do a few “whitefish missions” on Eagle. Two areas that come to mind would be the Trout Holes, and Portage Bay. Both would have the added bonus of lake trout as well.

Whitefish are great fighters on light tackle.

We’ve been most successful with this species in the Fall when they seem to school up as they prepare to spawn (usually late September, early October). I’m sure though that there are other techniques, such as trolling, that might work well at other times of year. Let’s mull this over this winter and try something new this coming season!

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On behalf of the Boyes Group, I would like to pass on our sincere thanks for hosting the Muskie Madness Week and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at VBL and had a great time!! This was our 7th year on Eagle Lake and we have stayed at a few other lodges but VBL takes the cake hands down! You can definitely count us in for next year. I’m happy to see you post some of my pics, they turned out well. Thanks again Gord for a wonderful week of fishing and your stellar hospitality, you run a first class operation, we look forward to seeing you next year!

Trevor Benner

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