Lake Herring

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Lake Herring

Lake Herring-Cisco is the common name for several species of fish in the subfamily Coregonus of the salmon family (Salmonidae). This includes the cisco (Coregonus artedii), the deepwater cisco (Coregonus johannae), the blackfin cisco (Coregonus nigripinnis), the shortjaw cisco (Coregonus zenithicus), the shortnose cisco (Coregonus reighardi), the longjaw cisco (Coregonus alpenae), the Nipigon cisco (Coregonus nipigon), the least cisco (Coregonus sardinella), the Bering cisco (Coregonus laurettae), the arctic cisco (Coregonus autumnalis) and the Bonneville cisco. The least, Bering and arctic cisco are anadromous, moving between salt water and fresh water. The longjaw and deepwater species may be extinct while the shortjaw and blackfin are endangered

The Lake Herring (cisco) generally grows to be 15-25 cm in length. It is easily recognised as a slender, silvery fish that is found in coldwater lakes throughout Northern North America.  They are preyed upon by game fish like pike and lake trout and are also fished commercially. Commercial fishing, salmon stocking and competition from non-native alewives and smelt have almost eliminated cisco from the Great Lakes. The cisco itself feeds on zooplankton, which consist of tiny crustaceans. In doing so, this species serves as a crucial food chain link between the zooplankton and the sport fish that end up on the dinner table.

It is related to the lake whitefish.

  Market Form Weight Lbs. Cooking Method

Lake Herring (Cisco)

Whole. drawn (fat) fillets 1/3-1 Pan-fry, broil, deep fat fry

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