The Mountain Whitefish maintains an average
length of 8-12 inches and the world record
weight is 4 pounds 7 ounces. The overall
coloration is silvery with light or dark
brown or olive on the back.
- This species of whitefish occurs only
in the lakes and streams of western North
America. The Mountain Whitefish is widespread
in British Columbia from the Fraser and
Columbia River systems, throughout the
Pacific coastal drainages of the Bella
Coola, Skeena, Nass and Stikine systems.
- Mountain Whitefish spawning occurs in
late fall or early winter. No nest is
prepared and each female lays 1500-7000
eggs. The maximum age of this bottom feeder
is 17-18 years.
TO MAN - The Mountain Whitefish has
been fished by fly or with a small baited
hook for food for many years.