The Mountain Whitefish is a native salmonid that is found in Western North America, living in both lakes and streams in the Rocky Mountain region. Although despised by many trout-loving anglers, the Mountain Whitefish is an elusive, hard-fighting, and tasty angling target in its own right, and deserves more respect from fly and spin anglers alike. Large, predatory trout gorge on young-of-the-year whitefish, and young trout feed heavily on whitefish eggs, giving them a key boost of energy in the otherwise difficult fall season. Rivers with robust whitefish populations tend to produce more and larger trout than those where this fish has declined or been extirpated, so anglers should release these fish unless keeping them for a meal. As far as eating goes, they're every bit as good as the other members of their tribe - that is to say, they're delicious. Smoked whitefish is a rare treat, and baked in lemon and butter, they're even better.