Pygmy Whitefish


The Pygmy Whitefish‌ (Prosopium coulterii) is⁤ a freshwater fish that belongs to the family Salmonidae, which includes species like salmon, trout, and whitefish.

Conservation Status ​

Fortunately, the Pygmy Whitefish is⁣ not currently listed as a threatened species. ‍Nevertheless, comprehensive conservation efforts​ that adhere to principles of sustainable fisheries management‌ can help to ensure the ‌continued ⁢survival and health of this⁣ species.

‍ Statistics

Attribute Average Range
Length 15 cm 10 – 20 cm
Weight 30 grams 20 – 40 grams
Lifespan 5 years 3​ – 8 years


The Pygmy Whitefish can be found in various regions‍ across North ‌America, from Alaska and Western Canada to‍ the Northern United ​States. Migration within lake⁤ systems is influenced by water temperature, spawning habits and ‍food availability.


Preferring cold, clear waters, the Pygmy Whitefish is frequently found in both lakes ​and rivers, usually at a depth range⁣ of 20 to 50 meters. They thrive in temperature ranges of⁣ 4 to⁢ 15°C.

⁣When and Where to See

These fish‍ can be spotted throughout the year, but especially during the colder months when ​they are most active. They are typically more⁣ prevalent during ‍the twilight ‌hours ⁢of ⁣dawn and dusk.

Best Fishing Locations

  • Lake Superior, USA/Canada
  • Lake Michigan, USA
  • Kootenay Lake, Canada
  • Lake Clark, Alaska
  • Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho

How⁣ to Catch

Pygmy⁢ Whitefish respond well to small, brightly coloured lures and jigs. Fishing techniques such as trolling and jigging are popular methods to catch⁤ them. Moreover, fishing is especially productive in colder months and during twilight hours.

Identification Guide ‍

With silver-colored bodies and pale fins, the Pygmy Whitefish is distinguishable by its small size⁤ and lack of spots. It possesses a forked tail and a small, pointed head‍ with a moderately pointed snout.


In the realm ‍of culinary adventure, Pygmy Whitefish are known for their tender, flaky texture and mild flavour. Because of their small size, they are often smoked or used in soups and stews.

Additional Information

Pygmy Whitefish⁤ are bottom feeders, primarily subsisting ​on ⁢an omnivorous diet of zooplankton, crustaceans and​ insects. Predators include larger fish within their habitat, as well as‍ birds. Despite being relatively unknown, they contribute significantly to the food chain within their ecosystem.

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