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    Default Help me ID this fish.

    I foul hooked this fish while pike fishing Minto Flats last year. Anyone have any idea what it is? Had a very small mouth like a carp, I thought it might be a shee fish but the mouth seems too small.
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    Looks like a nice big whitefish to me.
    Sheefish have pretty big good sized mouths.

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    that is a nice white fish.. great smoked. or fried. a staple in many places around the state.
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    Thanks guys, I will try the next one I catch. I released that one since I snagged him in the back, only fair.

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    I googled it to see if I could find another white fish and it's it to the T.
    http://www.higginslakerealestate.com..._28_inches.jpg
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    you will also find them with a large hump across the shoulders, and head down low. i think that is from the diet and the waters they are in when like that but the same thing...
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    Default yep

    thats my guess too. white fish and a hog at that .

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    beadhead nymphs are often the ticket for whitefish, also small chartruse beads on occasion
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    looks like a nice chunk of pike or lake trout bait to me

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    That's the biggest whitefish I have seen in my 45+ years in AK. Did it fight much?

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    That thing fought like a giant pike. It was hooked just behind the head in the top of the back. I was unable to turn his head because of the way it was hooked. Took me several minutes to bring it to the boat. We caught over a 100 pike that day as well.

    Thanks again, will be fishing time again soon.

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    Thats a monster white fish.

    I think the ones with humps are a different type of white fish.

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    Ladies and Gentleman... That there is a Broad Whitefish... They use to be more common then they are today and they are very very good to eat.... Better then walleye... Hence they are fished for quite commonly from the Kuskokwim drainages north... They also are long lived and it is not uncommon for then to reach the age of 30... There are freshwater forms and anadromous forms too...

    Here is a typical Broad Whitefish from Whitefish Lake 20 miles West of Aniak, AK.


    Here is one on the largest Broads measured for scientific purposes in the last 40-50 years.. 670mmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by COtoAK View Post
    I googled it to see if I could find another white fish and it's it to the T.
    http://www.higginslakerealestate.com..._28_inches.jpg
    The above picture is either a lake whitefish or a humpback whitefish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TYNMON View Post
    Ladies and Gentleman... That there is a Broad Whitefish... They use to be more common then they are today and they are very very good to eat.... Better then walleye... Hence they are fished for quite commonly from the Kuskokwim drainages north... They also are long lived and it is not uncommon for then to reach the age of 30... There are freshwater forms and anadromous forms too...

    Here is a typical Broad Whitefish from Whitefish Lake 20 miles West of Aniak, AK.


    Here is one on the largest Broads measured for scientific purposes in the last 40-50 years.. 670mmm

    Man that thar is a chunk O whitefish.

    I used to fish Lake Whitefish in Georgian Bay of Lake Huron.
    We routinely caught fish in the 8 to 10 pound class, with the world record being about 14 1/2 pounds out of the bay.

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    they are very very good to eat.... Better then walleye.

    Ty,

    Want to make a bet on this?

    I don't know of any state that makes a whitefish the official state fish .

    They are good to eat but they sure have a lot of bones vis-a-vis a walleye. Sure ate a lot of them off the Chatanika. I can honestly say I prefer whitefish over salmon but that's just me, I'm not a huge salmon eater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcman View Post
    Ty,

    Want to make a bet on this?

    I don't know of any state that makes a whitefish the official state fish .

    They are good to eat but they sure have a lot of bones vis-a-vis a walleye. Sure ate a lot of them off the Chatanika. I can honestly say I prefer whitefish over salmon but that's just me, I'm not a huge salmon eater.

    I will make a bet on it sure... Broads are not bony at all if you bake then whole.. Now humpbacks are bony fer sure, but the taste is still better then walleye.... I suppose it may also very if you are catching a anadromous form or a more affluvial form too.

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    There are several types of whitefish.
    Check out what F&G has on them if you would like.

    http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/pubs/not...h/whitfish.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_dog60 View Post
    There are several types of whitefish.
    Check out what F&G has on them if you would like.

    http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/pubs/not...h/whitfish.php
    The one important Ak Whitefish left off ADFG list was Sheefish... Totaling 7 spp for the state. Of course they hybridize and if you ever catch then they are very unique looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TYNMON View Post
    The one important Ak Whitefish left off ADFG list was Sheefish... Totaling 7 spp for the state. Of course they hybridize and if you ever catch then they are very unique looking.
    The Arctic Grayling is also missing from the list as well.
    Maybe they are not including the Sheefish and Grayling as whitefish.

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