Fishing for Lake Whitefish near Whitehorse is an angler’s dream fishing holiday. There are more than 30 different species of Whitefish found across the world with several species living only in saltwater. Fishing for Lake Whitefish by fly is not easy but fly fishermen who like a challenge will enjoy taking this on.
Whitefish all over the world are an important species in the food chain. In the Yukon they are food for Lake Trout, Northern Pike and even big Whitefish. If you find a place with a lot of whitefish you can be sure there is excellent fishing for other species as well. Because the whitefish feed most of the time in the shallows of the lakes during summertime, you can select one fish and try to catch it on sight, which surely is one of the most beautiful ways of fly-fishing. If you finally hook one, you will quickly discover that they fight much stronger than Arctic Grayling but the risk of losing them during your play is pretty high. Depending on the species, due to their small and very soft mouth, the landing chances easily can be only 40%!
You will need some nice tricky flies to prevent Lake Whitefish from slipping of the hook too easily. Hint: use a curved hook! Small Gamigatzu’s work well.