Whitefish Coregonus chipeaformis Lake Whitefish, Humpback Whitefish
Whitefish is a varied family of fish with saltwater relatives. It is the largest fresh-water catch coming from the rivers and lakes of Canada. They have a rich, slightly flaky, pleasant taste. The lake herring in Europe is a dark-fleshed relative of this fish. The most famous of the family is the lake whitefish that comes from the Great Lakes. The whitefish is related to the salmon and trout but has pure white meat.
The average length is 15 inches and seldom weighs more than 15 pounds although the generally accepted commercial weight is 2 pounds. An older fish will develop a hump behind the head. The overall coloration is silvery with a pale greenish brown to light or dark brown back.
This fish smokes well; may be poached whole, and the fillets may be lightly sautéed.
Sport fishermen actively enjoy the catch of this fish and report the flesh as an exceptionally fine flavor. Whitefish eggs are sometimes marketed as caviar.