The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 3 May, 1905

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St. Joseph, May 2. - After an absence of fifteen years from the waters of southern Lake Michigan, whitefish have returned this spring. Their arrival was heralded by a catch of 1000 pounds today by Capt. H. O. Wilson's fish tug. Whitefish are quoted at 12 cents per pound, making the catch the most valuable haul of the nets in years. Fishermen along the east shore are overjoyed at the outlook for a big season. Years ago whitefish were caught by the ton in this part of Lake Michigan and then they entirely disappeared until today's catch.

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According to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, the commercial catch of lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) in Lake Michigan for 1996 was about 6.55 million pounds. This is about the same as it was in 1885, the earliest year for which there is a record, and near three times what it was in 1905. For commercial fishing statistics and other information on commercial fishing on the lakes, see GLFC's web page at:
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3 May, 1905
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 3 May, 1905