The Round Whitefish is a freshwater species of fish. Its length is generally between 9 and 19 inches (23 and 48 cm). They are bottom feeders, feeding mostly on invertebrates, such as crustaceans, insect larvae, and fish eggs. Some other fish species, like white sucker in turn eat their eggs.
How To Identify:
It has an olive-brown back with light silvery sides and underside. Its head is short and its mouth is small and inferior. A single flap exists between the nostrils, distinguishing it from other whitefishes and ciscoes. The Round Whitefish is olive-brown on top shading to silver below. Young Round Whitefish have rows of black spots similar to those of young trout and salmon.
How To Catch:
Round Whitefish are shallow water bottom feeders, feeding mainly on caddis fly larvae and pupae, snails, and fish eggs. As for bait, you can use 2 3/4 inch balanced vertical fishing jigs. They are seldom caught in 4" mesh gillnets.
The Round Whitefish is found in lakes from Alaska to New England, including the Great Lakes. They can be found in Arctic and Pacific drainages from western Hudson Bay in Canada to Alaska and northern British Columbia, Canada. Also, from Labrador in Canada to Connecticut. They can also be found in Asia, widely distributed in Siberian rivers.