The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 11, 1857

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p.2 White Fish - This species of fish seems to be taking the place, in a measure, of mackerel, shad, cod, and other popular marketable varieties. We enjoy the luxuries of a white fish dinner occasionally, and until quite recently, had the impression that we were eating something almost as rare as delicious. The fact, however, is the reverse, or may be very soon, as will appear from some statistics which we learned from a gentleman engaged in the fisheries at Wellington Beach in Canada.

He informs us that the white fish in Lake Ontario, are increasing beyond all estimate, and that the past summer "hauls" in this vicinity had been without precedent since the casting in of the net, in our Saviour's time. His fishing ground on Wellington Beach embraces an area of about 220 square rods secured to him by Act of Parliament, for which he paid $1000. In his employ are from twelve to fifteen men, and for fishing purposes he uses a seine 222 rods long and about 29 feet deep -covering an area of four acres.

On the 16th July, at one haul, 45,700 white fish were brought to the beach. In nine other hauls during as many consecutive days - for they make but one haul a day -no single haul brought to the beach less than 18,000 white fish. This was but one of many fisheries along the shores of the Lake, diligently engaged during the month of July, and all very successful. The great haul of the 16th of July, was the "miracle" which astonished the oldest fishermen. Of the truth of the story there is no doubt. Most of the fish are now on sale in Oswego.

Our informant said his grounds would yield him a profit this year of from two to three thousand dollars, if the October fishing was anything like ordinary. He barrels the fish and packs them with Onandaga salt, which he prefers to any other kind. They are put up at an average of one hundred and thirty to the barrel, and his first lot in market was sold at a fraction less than $7 the barrel. A larger price however is demanded, and from the popular favor with which they are received in market, there is no doubt that a much higher figure will be paid for them.

If our Canadian neighbors have discovered a mint of money in the white fish trade along the North shore of Lake Ontario, we see no reason why the American shore should not be just as successfully occupied in the taking and salting of white fish. The lake abounds with the species, and when properly prepared for market, they are quite as desirable and equally valuable as any of the popular salted fish now offered to the public. [Utica Herald, Sept. 7th]

p.3 Imports - 10; Exports - 10.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 11, 1857