Round Whitefish - (Prosopium cylindraceum)
Length: 12 to 19 inches
Weight:2 to 3 pounds
Coloring: brown with green tinge on back, silvery sides and silvery white belly
Common Names: menominee, pilot fish, frost fish, round-fish, menominee whitefish
Found in Lakes: Michigan, Huron, Ontario and Superior
Round whitefish inhabit all the Great Lakes but Lake Erie. Those in shallow
waters near the islands and shores of northern Lake Michigan and Lake
Huron are known locally as "menominees."
Few individuals today approach the four- to six-pound weight of the round whitefish caught in the 1800s. Its population levels, it is believed, have also declined. However, commercial harvest records do not provide reliable estimates of their numbers -- small catches of round whitefish are often lumped with those of other fish, particularly lake whitefish and so may not be accurate. On the other hand, low catches of round whitefish may simply reflect the fact that its market price is too low and commercial fishermen are going after more rewarding fish. Those who have eaten round whitefish praise their dinner-plate quality, however.
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