Always popular with commercial anglers, lake whitefish have become increasingly popular for recreational anglers throughout Michigan as well. Several Great Lakes piers offer prime spots to target them in late fall, including Tawas on Lake Huron!
The whitefish fishing at Tawas is usually done with long rods mounted with spinning reels, light line and bait that consists of a single salmon egg or a wiggler on a small hook fished under a bobber (set the bait within a few inches of the bottom).
This species has a soft mouth so you have to be careful, a long-handled landing net is essential for success. Most anglers at Tawas set up on the outside of the wall, as the whitefish like to spawn along the rocks at the base of the wall.
Early mornings are best, and the fish seem to bite better if there’s just a little chop on the water.