I’m not sure that November and December on Lake Huron can be considered a good time to go fishing but that is when we head out for whitefish. This past weekend, weather conditions were finally good enough for gill netting but good conditions they weren’t. With the boat rocking and rolling, we were able to collect only a few ripe male and females to provide 50 000 embryos for the year’s experiments. While this may seem like a lot, last year we had 2 great days on the water giving us 250 000 embryos for the project. Still, I am rather relieved we got anything at all this year. With very consistent high winds and high waves, we really haven’t had safe conditions to fish and I was fearing there would be no Lake Whitefish this year.
Sadly, there were no round whitefish collected this year in Lake Huron and we have hit the end of good weather and spawning season for that species. Our last hope for round whitefish are from Lake Ontario, where spawning continues much later. Here is hoping that their run has just started and that weather conditions on the lake are as good as can be expected as late fall/early winter allows.
In the meantime, here are a few photos of us and our fish!