Renowned for its exceptional flavor and uniform size, the lake whitefish is one of the most popular fish of the Great Lakes.
Related to trout and salmon, whitefish form dense schools which allow fishermen to harvest fish with little or no bycatch.
Lake whitefish can weigh up to 20 pounds and live up to 25 years. Market fish are generally much smaller.
A niche market exists for Great lakes whitefish roe which is used to make caviar (sikrom).