1851 DAILY BRITISH WHIG
(available on microfilm at Kingston-Frontenac Public Library, and at Queen's University, Stauffer Library.)
DETROIT RIVER - ITS FISHERIES.
The number of white fish taken from the Detroit River the present year, from the 25th of September to the 25th of November, and which may be properly called the white fish season, is greater perhaps, as the following statistics, collected from the most reliable sources, exhibit, than our citizens are generally aware of:
The number of fresh fish imported from Canada and sold in this market - 270,000 at $3.50 per cask, $7300.
The number of fresh fish sold in this market taken on the American side - 180,030 at $3.50 per cask, $6300.
The number of fresh fish taken on the Canadian side, and sold to speculators, steamboats, propellers and other crafts that find a market in Buffalo, Cleveland, and the inland towns of Ohio, etc., 120,000 at $3.50 per cask, $4,200.
The number of fresh fish taken on the American side, and shipped direct for Cincinatti, Columbus, and other markets, 100,000 at $3.50 per cask, $3500.
The number of fish in pen, and kept alive to supply the city market during the winter months - 20,000 at $3.50 per cask, $7000.
The number of fish packed in bbls. on the Canada side, the salt and bbls. for which are mostly obtained here, where the fish generally find a market, 20,000 at $5 per bbl., $10,000.
The number of barrels of fish packed, 4,700 at $5 per barrel, $23,000.
Supposing the barrel to contain 120 fish, we have a total of 1,500,000, value at $37,600.
To carry on the different fisheries from 250 to 300 men are employed at the average monthly wages of $17.
The Detroit River from its source to its junction with Lake Erie, a distance of 22 miles, on both sides of the river, may be properly termed one feasible fishing ground.