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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Thank you very much for making my get a way week so enjoyable. Dan and I had a great time. You and Susanne should be commended on how clean and well maintained your cabins and lodge are. I will recommend you to anyone that is looking to go to Canada fishing and I look forward to the time I can come back.

Jody Hansen

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